Arts in Schools

Arts in Schools provides participatory arts enrichment to under-served children across Oklahoma City through in-school and after-school programs every year. Professional teaching artists in diverse specialties are matched with a site, becoming the “artist in residence” of that site.

On average, over 4,000 students across 16 different sites engage in a variety of arts disciplines such as visual arts, dance, music, and theatre. These instructional activities not only allow the students to express themselves creatively but also serves to enrich their lives as a whole.

“Many of our students said that participating in art was a way for them to show their creativity. They also reported it helped them to relax more and focus on other topics in school. Many of our students come to art class before school starts to create portfolios. This allows them a chance to start their day with creativity and purpose.” – Gayla Goff, Principal at Gatewood Elementary

Arts in Schools also gives students the pride and experience of preparing their artwork for a professional exhibition by showcasing their work at a cumulative event every semester.

Current Sites:

John Rex Elementary
Cleveland Elementary
Shidler Elementary
KIPP OKC South Community Prep
KIPP Reach College Prep
Sequoyah Elementary
Putnam Heights Elementary
Mark Twain Elementary
Wheeler Elementary
Lee Elementary
Eugene Field Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Family Junction Youth Services
Crooked Oak Elementary
Edgemere Elementary
Edwards Elementary
Arthur Elementary
Oakridge Elementary
Boys and Girls Club

Get involved

If you are interested in becoming a teaching artist and instilling confidence and fostering creativity, contact All Access Arts Director Jill Coker at