Artists Reaching Classrooms (ARC)

The Taft Museum of Art’s Artists Reaching Classrooms program (ARC) is a great way to enrich your curriculum and expand your students’ experience of the arts. All aspects of the program, including buses for field trips, are offered to participating schools free of charge.

ARC immerses high school art students in Cincinnati’s visual arts community and exposes them to careers in the arts. Professional artists visit classrooms to talk with the students about both the creative and practical aspects of a career in art including opportunities to visit an artist’s studio, such as a painter’s atelier, glassworks or printing press.

Additionally, students are expected to complete a research project on an object from the Taft Museum of Art’s collection, describe its history and significance, and explain why the artwork has personal appeal. Each classroom receives a set of Museum catalogs.

As a final project, students are asked to make artworks in response to the ARC experience and write artists’ statements demonstrating what they have learned. The program culminates in a professionally organized exhibition of selected students’ artwork.

ARC offers these experiences to high school students:

  • Interaction with professional artists
  • Visits to artists’ studios
  • Examination of the relationship among artists, art, and society
  • Assessment of their own art in light of working artists’ methods and techniques
  • Exploration of the Taft Museum of Art as a resource for artists
  • Participation in a professionally organized art exhibition

View this year’s exhibition online.

Program Support



Program Partner

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County





Education Funders

Joy and W.G. (Pete) Alpaugh Trust

Charles H. Dater Foundation



Docents of the Taft Museum of Art


Season Funder




Funding for busing provided by the Louise Evans Fund.

Special thanks to Sharon Suder from Suder’s Art Store for her outstanding job framing the students’ work.