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Art Connections

Art ConnectionsArt Connections is an educational program developed by The Dayton Art Institute that supports experiential learning by integrating visual arts with the core curriculum subject areas of math, science, social studies, and language arts. Art Connections is made up of five interactive programs aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards (Common Core revisions are in process for 2014/2015). Art Connections is generously supported by The Leslie C. Mapp Foundation, Verizon Foundation and an anonymous funder.

  • ART CONNECTIONS: Discover the World, 4th-6th Grade
  • ART CONNECTIONS: Discover America, 4th-6th Grade
  • ART CONNECTIONS: Discover Writing, 7th-9th Grade
  • ART CONNECTIONS: Discover Math in Art, 5th-6th Grade
  • ART CONNECTIONS: Discover Science and Math, 2nd-3rd Grade

This program is FREE, and transportation is available for schools that qualify as underserved. Ride To Art, a DAI/RTA partnership, provides eligible schools that participate in Art Connections with FREE bus service to the museum on select Tuesdays. There is a limit of one bus, 60 students per bus. If your school has 50% or more of students who QUALIFY for free or reduced lunch, than your school is eligible for Ride To Art.

Teachers who participate receive a Traveling Trunk, Art Portfolio or Teacher Resource Packet as soon as they register. These materials encourage pre-museum classroom discussion and prepare students for their museum visit. Discover Writing, Discover Science and Math and Discover Math in Art include professional development teacher training workshops which take place in late fall/winter – dates and presenters TBA.

Students visit to the museum to examine art, learn about historical eras and cultures, apply mathematical concepts and collaborate with their peers to problem solve in the galleries at The Dayton Art Institute.

Each four hour museum visit includes:

  • 1 ½-hour docent-led tour of The Dayton Art Institute’s art collection during which students observe, problem-solve, write, sketch, measure and/or collaborate in a core subject area
  • ½-hour break in studio for sack lunch brought by students
  • 1 ½-hour studio visit for a hands-on creative project
  • ½-hour return to the galleries for focused connections to curricular concepts
  • Discover Writing has a different time frame for the students’ museum visit:
    ½ hour docent tour and 1 hour writing in the galleries led by museum educators.

There is the additional opportunity of creating a post–museum interactive project designed by students and teachers. Schools, teachers and students may bring their interactive project back to the museum for the “Showcase,” a final public event held in late spring 2014 for students, family, friends and the public.

Discover Writing teachers have the opportunity to submit student short stories and poems inspired by the museum’s collection for posting on The DAI web site.

Click here to read selected student writing

For more information about how to register and participate, contact The DAI Education Department at 937-223-5277.

Download Ohio Academic Content Standards (PDF):
Social Studies
Visual Arts 

TUESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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