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Art + Core Connections

Art Connections

Art + Core
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 + Core Connections is made up of five interactive programs aligned to the
Ohio Academic Content Standards (Common Core revisions are in process). All tours strive to
build awareness of creativity and innovation, and develop skills of critical
thinking, problem solving, communication and cultural awareness. 

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

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 + Core Connections with FREE
bus service to the museum on select Tuesdays or Thursdays. 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.

We are in the process of
revising materials for Art + Core Connections due to the implementation of
Common Core curriculum standards. 
Materials for
Math in Art and Math and Science in Art soon will be available on The DAI
website.  These materials encourage
pre-museum classroom discussion and prepare students for their museum visit. Only
tours and workshops are available for all programs until materials are revised
and posted to the

Students visit
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.

Options for a
museum visit include:

  • Tour only: 1 hour; any time
  • Three-hour museum visit for
    Discover America/Europe
    :  From 10
    a.m. to 1 p.m. 
    • 1-hour docent-led tour of The Dayton Art
      Institute’s art collection.
    • ½-hour break in studio for sack lunch brought by
    • ½-hour return to the galleries for focused
      connections to curricular concepts.
    • 1 hour
      studio visit for a hands-on creative project.
  • Two-hour museum visit for Math in Art, Science and
    Math in Art, and Discover Writing
    10 a.m. to


  • 1-hour
    docent-led tour of The Dayton Art Institute’s art collection.
  • 1-hour
    studio visit for a hands-on creative project.

For questions about registering or scheduling, email  For questions about
content, please contact Susan Martis, Curator of Education, 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.
The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day.
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