Studio Institute Launches Pilot Long Term Program in Cleveland

Studio Institute–Cleveland is pleased to launch a new, collaborative pilot through a partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) that is modeled after Studio in a School’s (SIAS) successful Long Term Residency program. Studio’s expansion into Cleveland builds on SIAS’s experience providing visual arts instruction in public schools.

Photos: Students at Clara E. Westropp Elementary School

Through this partnership, professional artists placed at two Pre-K–8th grade schools, Clara E. Westropp and Daniel E. Martin, are working closely with faculty and staff to implement a curriculum that provides rich, discovery-based art experiences. Students develop skills by working like an artist—exploring media, making choices, and looking closely at artwork to learn how to communicate visually; and build competencies that are essential for learning in other disciplines.

Noting Studio Institute’s special connection with Cleveland, President Thomas Cahill says, “Studio is committed to providing multi-day visual arts programming. Our program of placing artists in schools to provide arts experiences for students from Pre-K through high school was initiated in New York City over 40 years ago by Cleveland native Agnes Gund. We look forward to building meaningful partnerships with CMSD schools to support visual arts education connected to their curriculum.”

To support the Pre-K–8th grade school programs, Studio Institute has hired two local professional artists. Angelica Pozo, a ceramic artist and sculptor who is a long-time Cleveland resident and transplant from NYC, will be partnering with the staff at the Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School on the east side. Angelica holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her public artwork can be seen around Cleveland.

Cleveland Artist Instructors Angelica Pozo and John Kim

John Kim, a sculptor who creates ceramic works and designs furniture, lighting, and home décor objects, grew up in Los Angeles and studied art and industrial design at Rhode Island School of Design. John’s artistic skills are being put to work engaging students and teachers at Clara E. Westropp Elementary School on Cleveland’s westside.

Students at the Clara E. Westropp and Daniel E. Morgan schools are enthusiastic about engaging in the arts experiences with their teachers and the artists. From making paintings and drawings of animals to creating 2-D design public awareness posters, they are finding ways to explore, discover, and create as they experience this new visual arts curriculum.      

Students are enthusiastic about engaging in the arts experiences with their teachers and the artists. From making paintings and drawings of animals to creating 2-D design public awareness posters, they are finding ways to explore, discover, and create as they experience this new visual arts curriculum.     

We look forward to expanding Studio Institute–Cleveland in the spring to include art experiences in Pre-K programs. Studio is committed to working with the community to achieve our goal of making quality, accessible arts education programs available to all.

For more information on how you can participate in our Cleveland school programs as an artist or as a school partner, please contact Christopher Williams at: jcwilliams@studioinstitute.org. Check our Cleveland website for the latest community news and updates.

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter!