Art in the House

Connecting children and teens with opportunities

Through the Art in the House program, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), and partners TRANSIT ARTS and the Columbus Federation of Settlements connect local artists, arts and cultural organizations and independent arts education programs into a comprehensive network of accessible opportunities for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Special focus is placed on the needs of children during out-of-school hours.


How does it work? 

OAAE partners with local teen program TRANSIT ARTS to provide varied opportunities for young people to gain access to resources, instruction and inspiration through the youth programs of the Columbus Federation of Settlements. There are two main components to this initiative: 

Art in the House: OAAE-led programming within several of the Columbus Federation of Settlements’ facilities as well as other neighborhood partner sites. Scheduled arts activities at Settlement Houses and other locations are free and open to the public. Modeled in part after the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s award-winning Children of the Future program, children ages 5-12 can begin their connection to creative thinking, leadership and lifelong learning through the arts.



TRANSIT ARTSTRANSIT ARTS, a program of Central Community House, is about creating, inspiring, teaching, cultivating and attracting young talent. Originally known as CAPACITY, TRANSIT ARTS serves young people ages 12-21. The program has touched thousands of teens in Central Ohio and garnered national attention and praise. TRANSIT ARTS includes art-related activities in Settlement Houses and other community sites, along with summer job and internship opportunities, touring performance productions and entrepreneurial opportunities in the arts. 


How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in participating in Art in the House or TRANSIT ARTS, contact OAAE at 614.221.4680.



Art in the House and TRANSIT ARTS are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation, with additional support from the Columbus Federation of Settlements.