Our Providers

Our Providers

Click on the logos to learn about each ArtsDEEP exploration provider.

  • dayton contemporary dance company
  • dayton performing arts alliance
  • Levitt Pavilion Dayton
  •   The Mosaic Institute
    of Greater Dayton
  • muse machine be inspired

Rosewood Arts Centre

2655 Olson Drive
Kettering, OH 45420

Rosewood Arts Centre is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for the residents of Kettering and the greater Dayton area by providing creative experiences through the arts.

Rosewood Arts Centre is a hub for creativity, with opportunities for arts education in ceramics, photography, theatre, dance, music, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, design, fiber arts, creative writing, languages, and so much more, for all ages. Specialized facilities, including a darkroom and ceramics studio, are available for independent use by artists. The Rosewood Gallery hosts 12 exhibitions a year, often accompanied by Master Workshops with exhibiting artists, as well as artist talks with solo exhibitions. During the summer months, approximately 50 youth art camps are hosted over the span of 11 weeks, including in clay, manga, sewing and more. Rosewood organizes a percent for art program, CitySites, commissioning and purchasing artworks for the city's public spaces,a accompanied by programs with the artists. Outreach opportunities for the community include Kaleidoscope: Art and Nature on Wheels which travels to various parks during the summer months to provide youth art activities for free. A robust series of special events focus on celebrating artists and arts activities, including Comic Book Studio Day, Art on the Playground Youth Arts Festival, and Art on the Commons Fine Arts Festival, and A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival. The Kettering Arts Council, based at Rosewood, also hosts special events including Bike the Arts and activities at community wide events such as the Kettering Block Party and National Night Out.

Rosewood was founded in 1985 through the City of Kettering's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. Rosewood is an active hub of the humanities and visual and performing arts, with over 400 classes offered each year. Rosewood is located in a former elementary school building, surrounded by Indian Riffle Park and adjacent to the Kettering Recreation Complex, Kettering Middle School and Indian Riffle Elementary School. Rosewood is supported by the City of Kettering, with additional support provided by the Ohio Arts Council and the Kettering Parks Foundation.

Decoy Arts Center

3491 Dayton Xenia Road
Beavercreek, OH 45342

Our mission is to connect the public to the visual arts through educational programming, community events and drop-in studio painting for all ages. Employing teaching artists and students to share their passion through our programs and help grow an appreciation for the arts in our region.

Established in 2012, Decoy employs a team of 20 teaching artists and students heading in to education or the arts. Honored to win the BBB Eclipse Integrity Award in 2015 and be an institution for Beavercreek and surrounding communities as a hub for the creative arts. We work with over 14,000 people directly throughout the year and support events like the Very Special Arts Festival, ArtFest of Miami Valley/Infusion Art Endowment, House of Bread's Empty Bowls, Community Partner with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce, GreeneBucs, Beavercreek Cultural Arts Connection, WPAFB Community Events, Beavercreek 4th of July Celebration and many more.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

126 North Main Street, Suite 210
Dayton, Ohio 45402

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance aims to be our community's indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music. We innovate by integrating ballet, opera, and orchestra in educational programming, and advocate by being tireless champions for the benefits of arts education.
Each year the Alliance is proud to reach over 60,000 children and their families through concerts, in-school presentations, and participatory programs. Our education programs reach students in 14 counties around the Miami Valley area.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's three legacy organizations have been providing education programming in the Miami Valley for over 90 years.
The education programs of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance provide unique opportunities for children and their families to access the arts. With the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic under one roof, the Alliance provides a wide range of educational programs. From introductory to in-depth programs, there’s something for every grade level, ability, and learning style!

Levitt Pavilion Dayton

134 South Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402

The mission of the Levitt Pavilion Dayton is building community through music, one free concert at a time.

As part of the Levitt Connect: Inspire! program, each summer, the Levitt Pavilion Dayton connects artists who are playing on the Levitt stage with Dayton area organizations and schools serving at-risk or under-resourced populations. Artists provide songwriting workshops, interactive performances, question and answer sessions, or cultural and musical instruction based on the organization's needs. This program is supported by PNC and the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District.

The Levitt Connect: Inspire! program began as soon as the Levitt Pavilion Dayton opened in 2018. In its first partial season, the Levitt connected two artists with Daybreak and Dayton Leadership Academies. In its first full season, it expanded and connected 11 artists with local organizations and schools. In the 2020 season, we hope to connect 15-20 artists with area youth and at-risk and under-resourced populations.

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North
Dayton, OH 45405

The Dayton Art Institute is committed to enriching the community by creating meaningful experiences with art that are available to all.

Dayton Art Institute's Education Department is committed to providing quality arts education opportunities for visitors of all ages. Programming includes: drop-in drawing, studio art-making workshops, classes, gallery tours, and speaker talks for adults; interactive gallery tours, studio art-making workshops, and summer camps for children and families; early literacy programming for toddlers and preschoolers; curricular programs for homeschool students; workshop intensives for high school and college students; online resources and professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers; the Lange Family Experiencenter for guests of all ages and much more!

The goal of the Education Department is to develop visual literacy, an awareness of art’s place in history, an appreciation for its ability to transcend various cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and an on-going inquisitiveness about the nature of art and its value in our lives. DAI has provided educational opportunities and programs to the community since its inception as an art institute and school in 1919.

Muse Machine

126 North Main Street, Suite 310
Dayton, OH 45402

Muse Machine changes the lives of young people through the arts.

Founded in 1982 by Artistic Director Suzy Bassani and dedicated volunteers, Muse began with the simple observation that few young people were attending the professional performing and visual arts in Dayton. Bassani discovered that Dayton’s arts organizations and area teachers would welcome a coordinated program to encourage secondary students to make the performing and visual arts a vital part of their lives, and develop their commitment to the arts.

Bassani realized that the school was the organization in which to launch this concept; and key to the program was the teacher. Teachers in all subjects became and remain a central component of Muse. Beginning in 1982 with 22 charter teachers from 20 area secondary schools, Muse has grown to serve nearly 77,000 students annually and 600 teachers in 118 rural, suburban and urban schools.

Through its Secondary Schools Program, Muse provides in-school performances by artists and arts organizations with a focus on inter-disciplinary concepts. Students attend out-of-school professional performances by area theatres, orchestras, operas, dance companies, etc. Muse provides pre-professional performance opportunities to students (grades eight-12) through its musical and summer concert as actors, musicians and production assistants. A year-round professional development series is offered to teachers. These programs and special projects guide educators through immersive arts experiences, and in creating arts-integrated lessons for which they can earn CEUs and/or graduate credit. In 2015, Muse restored and reimagined two former flagship programs within the series: Advanced Teacher Training Seminar and Summer Institute for Educators.

Established in 2006, the Preschool and Elementary Program takes artists into schools for week-long residencies that use the arts to illuminate any subject. Teachers and artists collaborate by pairing the artist’s discipline with the teacher’s curriculum. In 2015, artists began working in preschools, and in after- and summer-school programs.

Muse serves students ages 3-18 and their teachers through three major programs:

  • PRESCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY PROGRAM—an arts-integration residency program where a professional artist and classroom teacher(s) collaborate to help students better understand and apply curriculum concepts (ones often more difficult for students) through the arts, as well as create an original piece of art illuminating those concepts. Residencies occur as part of the school day or as artist visits in after- and summer-school programs.
  • SECONDARY SCHOOLS PROGRAM—supports arts learning experiences for middle and high school students through: 1) in-school performances featuring regional organizations and artists; 2) out-of-school performances; 3) workshops and road trips, including The Met Opera HD Live in Schools; and 4) multiple student performance opportunities.
    From its inception, Muse has encouraged students to make the performing and visual arts a vital part of their lives and develop an ongoing commitment to attend and support the arts. The ways in which young people engage with Muse furthers its mission by creating “aha” moments in learning; enabling the discovery of a wide range of cultural experiences; and supporting students’ exploration of their own creative paths through Muse—be it in the arts or other disciplines.
  • MUSE FOR EDUCATORS PROGRAM is year-round & features world-class teaching-artists, who guide educators in immersive arts experiences and in creating lesson plans that inspire students for which they can earn CEUs and/or graduate credit.

Michael & Sandy Bashaw


Artist/musicians Michael & Sandy Bashaw are based in Dayton, Ohio.

Sculptor/multi-instrumentalist Michael Bashaw is well known for his Sound Sculpture concerts, installations and collaborations, and has appeared in a variety of venues and events around the country. In addition to fine art, Michael has for decades conducted artist residencies and workshops in schools, colleges and museums, most recently serving as Visiting Artist at University of Dayton for the Hanley Sustainability Institute. His Sound Sculpture has been noted in Sculpture Magazine, (published by the International Sculpture Center), and his work is listed in the online Smithsonian catalog of Art. Michael was the 2012 recipient of the Ohio Arts Council's Governor's Award in the category of Individual Artist.

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Sandy Bashaw started her professional musical career at the age of 18, recording an album for the Vanguard Recording Society in New York City. With acoustic guitar as her main instrument, she has developed a driving, percussive guitar technique as well as a distinctive finger style. She has had the privilege of sharing the concert stage with artists such as: Odetta, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Eric Anderson, Maria Muldaur, John Renbourn, Tom Paxton, Dougie MacLean, Riders in the Sky, Solas, Junior Brown, John Renbourn, and Peggy Seeger & Ewan MacColl. Sandy is a published writer and BMI member: she composes songs, instrumental music, and film scores: in 2016 she received a regional Emmy in the category of Music Composition/Arrangement for her work on a public television program, The Big Adventures of Little Ioda.

Dayton Live

(formerly Victoria Theatre Association)
138 North Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402

The mission of Dayton Live is to enrich lives in our community with quality entertainment, education and artistic engagement.

Dayton Live offers a variety of educational programming including student performances, performing arts classes, workshops, master classes, camps and intensives. The Discovery Series dates back to 1991 and has seen over 1 million students see shows during that time. A variety of other activities such as workshops, classes, camps and intensives have become more prominent over the last decade.



MsHR-on-Stage has been offering educational programming for over 30 years. She has performed in universities, elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools.

Her programming presentations include her taking on the role of such important historical characters as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. The most recent character she added to her repertoire is Tina Turner. In each of her character roles, she walks you through the life of the individual person she is playing, dressed in realistic costume. Each performance is 35 to 40 minutes long.

As she walks students through the life of a Sojourner, a Harriet, a Rosa, a Coretta, or a Tina, she brings her own artistry into the story. She incorporates singing and music into each performance. She will often include the participation of teachers and willing students when doing her Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth characters, and has invited students and teachers to be backup dancers when acting in her role of Tina Turner. Every performance, she works to "become" the person she is portraying.

MsHR-on-Stage worked with Muse Machine and was one of the most booked artists for that organization for about 10 years. She would perform 10-17 times per month within the Dayton region's school districts.

Aullwood Audubon

1000 Aullwood Road
Dayton, OH 45414

Aullwood Audubon enriches lives through education and stewardship of birds and ecosystems. We envision a world where birds thrive and people prosper, everyone is empowered to take conservation action and diversity of life and thought is respected.

Aullwood is a treasured resource in southwest Ohio. Marie S. Aull presented an unprecedented gift to the National Audubon Society and the Dayton community in 1957 - a beautiful wildlife sanctuary and one of the Midwest's first nature centers. From the beginning, thousands of school children converged on her gift - broadening their experiences beyond home and classroom to include the natural environment and agriculture. Aullwood's Environmental Educators teach thousands of children on field trips and also provide programs in schools.

Chris Rowlands, Environmental Educator/Outreach Naturalist, has worked at Aullwood Audubon since 2004, where he teaches lessons about nature, art and conservation through public performances and in-school artistic residencies. Chris began his career as a naturalist in 1986 while enrolled in college with the National Audubon Expedition Institute, and within a few years, became a nationally recognized performer and artist. Chris creatively blends his talents in music, art, comedy and education through programs that teach and inspire young people. He offers week-long Artist in Residence programs that teach students how to create and design an art mural about nature or farming or teach students how to create music and write songs about nature or farming.

Children's Traveling Opera

Opera Guild of Dayton
126 North Main Street, Suite 210
Dayton, OH 45402
937-224-3521 ext.1099

The Opera Guild of Dayton was founded in 1963. Their mission is to encourage and promote opera in the Greater Dayton area and to support the Dayton Opera through fundraising, marketing and education activities.

The educational programming arm of the Opera Guild is the Children’s Traveling Opera (CTO), an award-winning and nationally renowned program providing students in grades 3-6 with the opportunity to participate in their own mini-opera production. The program has evolved since its inception in 1973. Over the years, the program has produced popular shows such as George Bizet’s beloved Carmen, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Children’s Traveling Opera will offer Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for elementary school students in the Miami Valley. At the schools visited by the Guild production, students are selected to pantomime and act various roles with a professional singer and a keyboard accompanist. Volunteers from the Guild coach the young actors backstage as the plot progresses.

The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton


MI is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We work to serve the communities of Dayton and beyond by leading people to come together and create large scale collaborative artworks and by donating murals to beautify our landscape.

Our mission to inspire, empower and unify community through art is realized by leading people in the creation of large scale murals. Our mural program focuses on bringing a multitude of diverse community groups and individuals together to create art side by side. These murals involve everyone! and are a physical representation of community, thousands of tiny pieces coming together to make one big beautiful picture.

Jes McMillan, a mosaic artist for more than 20 years, founded The Mosaic Institute of Dayton in 2015. In the last 4 years, she has lead the organization to create over 20 murals, painted and mosaic, with the community.

Ardella Reliford


Ardella Reliford is a retired educator who taught art in the Dayton Public School system for many years. She is an author, illustrator, visual artist, and story-teller extraordinaire.

Ms. Reliford has turned her exceptional art and story-telling skills into in-school programs for students in grades K-6. Utilizing her ability to relate to the students with puppets she has created using her own artistry, she brings folk tales, cultural stories, and fairy tales into the classroom. Her puppet, Mr. Peevy, stars in his own published book, Mr. Peevy Forgets, and the in-school exploration featuring Mr. Peevy is a favorite of students since they are able to interact with the puppet during the show as his story is told. These programs can be performed in a small setting such as a classroom as well as in a large auditorium.

Ms. Reliford also provides in-school explorations that have the students create art using recycled materials. She relishes creating beauty from things people normally throw away, and teaching students about how to reuse items they may consider trash.

Ms. Reliford received her degree in Arts Education from Central State University. Her work as a visual artist has been exhibited in several local galleries. She is currently home tutoring students for Dayton Public Schools. She believes that "art transcends cultural boundaries and reflects the innermost aura we all possess."

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

840 Germantown Street
Dayton, OH 45402
937-228-DCDC (3232)

Dance is a tool for experiential learning. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company's arts-integrated creative movement instruction techniques link classroom curriculum in new ways by focusing on the physical, mental, spiritual & emotional needs of each student. We reach approximately 30,000 students per year through this education outreach.

Explorations include Dance Residencies (classroom workshops, after-school or summer enrichment programs, and in-school performances), student and teacher workshops, in-school performances, and student field trips.

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