Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CAEC)

CAEC & Schools & the Arts

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CAEC)


The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium (CAEC) and its members have developed significant and valuable connections with school districts throughout Cuyahoga County and beyond.

CMSD & the Arts

Many members have established strong partnerships with the largest urban school district in the area, Cleveland Metropolitan School District — and worked with CMSD administrative and school leaders, teachers, students and families. We are proud to serve the Cleveland Schools.

Our many-layered partnerships come through CAEC’s annual CMSD Update presentations with CEO Eric Gordon, connections with CMSD’s Family and Community Engagement team — and through the introductory and immersive arts programs provided to the schools by CAEC members in dance, drama, music, visual arts, creative writing, media and digital design, cultural history and more.

CMSD has hired a director to lead the expansion of arts education across the District. Jeffery Allen will facilitate plans to enhance arts education in every school in partnership with the local arts community. A Cleveland native with a theater background, Allen previously worked for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage as the Director of Education and Public Programs. 

“The importance of arts as a means of communicating giant ideas, but also as a way of transforming a community, was really what was waking me up at night and motivating me to get up in the morning,” Allen said. “The opportunity to come here and bring those life experiences to the scholars of our District is a dream come true.”  (CMSD News Bureau)

Click the link below to read more and watch an interview with Jeffery Allen:

CAEC Surveys of Members’ Programs in CMSD

CAEC recently surveyed members to learn of their contacts with Cleveland Schools during the 2016-2017 school year. We are pleased to say that CAEC members have connected with all Cleveland Schools in 2016-2017, and while for some schools it was one or two contacts, those arts connections will continue to grow.

“Beginning in September 2018, we greatly expanded our outreach to
CMSD schools and currently are in7 additional schools.
I hope you will ask about this time period soon.” 
–Survey Comment

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