How do you get A R T into STEM?

One myth about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education goes that STEM lacks appreciation for the arts. Want to prove to someone just how creative STEM learning can be? Scroll through this list of programs we’ve compiled with programs supported by Battelle and recommendations from our readers.

Battelle STEM grants

On August 4, our partner Battelle announced more than $300,000 to fund programs that combine STEM and the arts. For a quick look at the programs supported by this grant, hit play on these videos:

STEM Rocks the Box – Shadowbox Live

Reynoldsburg Living Library

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Wiggle Jig – BalletMet

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SURGE Columbus

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Other STEM arts programs

The creative arts give students new outlets to express how they feel about the world. That’s valuable all on its own. But the arts also can be a vehicle for engaging students in content they need to learn to be ready for college and career. From our readers, here are some more programs to learn about. We hope you find one that’s a good fit for the young people in your life!

Boney Fiddle Arts Center

Boneyfiddle Arts Center, Inc. is a membership based non-profit visual arts center and exposition place. We provide exhibition and professional development opportunities to artists and enrich the community through art. The purpose of Boneyfiddle Arts Center, Inc. is to grow visual arts in the Portsmouth area. We further seek to nurture connections by providing opportunities for artist’s professional development, creative expressions, educational programs, exhibitions, visual arts community outreach, promotion of local artists, and to be a catalyst for renewal in the Boneyfiddle area.

Create a Community Event that revolves around the Maker Movement
Inspiring to many creative people, many events around this movement are available in and around Ohio. Read this op-ed on the history of the movement. Maker events, or faires, are planned in Columbus and other Ohio cities as well as Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Portsmouth Area Arts Council
Coloring Kids Lives with the Arts since 1972 The Portsmouth Area Arts Council strives to provide the best experiences and opportunities in the arts for local youth. Whether it is through our Educational Series of matinees for schools or our full-scale Broadway productions starring local young actors, we continue to live our mission of “integrating the arts into the lives of children.”

Shadowbox Bootcamp – Students and Teachers Working Together
What happens when you combine engaged students, enthusiastic teachers, and skilled community experts in a performing arts experience like no other? Shadowbox® Academy Summer Bootcamp! This camp was designed with the student and teacher in mind. The joint efforts of Shadowbox Live®, ECOT and the PAST Foundation piloted a three-week arts intensive program that provided master class workshops in four performance disciplines: singing, dancing, acting and musicianship as well as discussions of arts administration, production, life skills, and professionalism. Lead by theater and educational professionals, teachers worked alongside students gaining valuable experience in the performing arts AND created innovative curriculum that can be used in their virtual classrooms! Check out this winning proposition.

Southern Ohio Museum
The Southern Ohio Museum opened its galleries and programs to the public in 1979, after the community’s largest bank moved its headquarters from the handsome Beaux Arts style building at 825 Gallia Street in the heart of Portsmouth’s downtown. The building currently houses two permanent installations featuring the largest single collection of works by native son and well-known American Scene painter Clarence Holbrook Carter (1904-2000) and “Art of the Ancients,” containing 10,000 prehistoric Native American objects from the Charles and William Wertz Collection.

Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association
The mission of the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) is to provide an affordable variety of outstanding performing arts presentations to enrich, educate, and entertain the people of the Tri-State area.

Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival
What Should I Expect? The fun isn’t over after Labor Day! On the weekend after Labor Day in September, Chillicothe, Ohio, will host the annual Southern Ohio Storytelling Arts & Music Festival. The festival will feature concert performances by several highly acclaimed and award-winning storytellers. Storytelling concerts will start on Thursday evening and continue throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday.

SSU Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association and Shawnee State University are proud to present a mix of nine well-known classics, up-and-coming showstoppers and big-name productions for their 2014-2015 season.

Toledo Museum of Art – The Art of Video Games
Striking visuals and the creative use of technology are explored in The Art of Video Games, which opened last month at the Toledo Museum of Art. This groundbreaking exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is the first to examine video games as an art form. Playable games,such as Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers and Flower, video interviews with keygame developers and artists, and interactive kiosks with an extensive selection of home consoles from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3 are featured. Admission is free and more information is on the museum’s website at:

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