Scientists solve problems. Artists do this, too.

Our curriculum is constantly evolving.

Our ideas come from artist-educators, other Progressive Arts Alliance staff, students, classroom teachers, and community members. We welcome suggestions and are continually inspired by the work we do in collaboration with our partners.

Scientists solve problems.

They design answers to problems through experimentation and collaboration.  Artists do this, too.  By bringing art into the science classroom and across all subject areas, we empower students to develop skills that can be used to solve problems both in school and in their career. In the education field, this work is called arts integration.  At Progressive Arts Alliance, we call it speaking art.  Learn more about how this work prepares our students for our rapidly changing world.

Progressive Arts Alliancespeaks art in the classroom through a wide range of art forms, from sculpture and mixed media to contemporary dance and DJing with turntables. We recruit and train a specialized cohort of professional artists that develop the expertise necessary to speak art in schools and libraries throughout the community. We help  transform them from artists to artist-educators.  Our artist-educators partner with classroom teachers to bring the arts into other subject areas.

Hip-Hop Camp

In 2002, we launched our annual RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp as a modern learning platform, connecting students to art, culture and technology. In just two short weeks, campers learn how to use the turntables as an electronic percussion instrument, write and perform original lyrics, dance in hip-hop styles and design graffiti-inspired art. All of this happens while building valuable skills for the future.

You're invited to join us! RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp Concert

Friday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m. Westfield Insurance Theater, Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Come celebrate the achievements of students from our 16th annual RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp with a dynamic showcase of hip-hop music, dance, rhyme, and visual art. The camp was recently honored as an exceptional program in the nation by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Presented in partnership with PlayhouseSquare, this fun concert and celebration will be part performance, part party. It's the perfect summer event for the whole family. See how Progressive Arts Alliance is building 21st-century skills through arts education and hip-hop.

 

Arts-Integration Programs

In our arts-integration programs, we connect artists to teachers and students to inspiration.  We enrich the learning process by connecting relevant forms of art to learning across a variety of subjects, including science and math. Our artists are seekers, risk takers, question askers and problem solvers.  Explore their insights into their arts-integration work.

STEM

At Progressive Arts Alliance, we know artists are seekers, risk takers, question askers and problem solvers.  We want students to embrace these qualities and find them in their own lives, especially as they explore project-based learning in today’s STEM classroom. We offer a path to learning that is hands-on and relevant to current trends in education. We connect art to circuits. We connect students to building and experimenting. And we connect teachers, principals and parents to new, relevant paths to engaging students.  See how we’ve connected sculpture to the study of circuits and the atmosphere and see how we changed minds and made algebra relevant to building a mobile.

Library Camps

Each summer, our artists bring our fresh forms of expression to the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. Our library summer camps connect our hands-on learning to students throughout the Northeast Ohio region. We enjoy empowering students to be risk takers and problem solvers in each of our summer programs. See how students designed and created inflatable sculptures in one of our recent library summer camps. Learn about our camps happening this summer.

Maker Movement

We are the modern learning platform. We introduce new ideas. New thinking. We design and refine and then deliver our programs to teachers, students and the community.  We connect art, culture and technology in ways that make roadblocks to learning disappear by utilizing the equipment and tools in our Mobile Maker Lab.  We connect students to laser cutters, 3D printers, soldering irons, and more.  See how this equipment lit up our RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp.  

We were also excited to share our best practices in making light boxes with colleagues and friends at SXSWedu.

Coding

In all of our programs, we offer a path to learning that is hands-on and relevant.  This work includes connecting coding to design and art in our classrooms and library camps.  We’ve collaborated with the Scratch Team at the MIT Lab to explore how to connect hip-hop dance with coding.  See our work introducing new ideas.

Family Nights

We introduce new ideas. New thinking. We design and refine and then deliver our programs to teachers, students and the community.  We connect art, culture and technology in ways that make roadblocks to learning disappear. We love bringing this work to our students’ families too.  See how we collaborate with students and their families in our exciting Family Night events.