Thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, the CMSD will continue to partner with multi-disciplinary teaching artist, producer, and director, Sheela Das, during the 2021-22 school year through the TeachArtsOhio program. Sheela has an extensive career in arts education and performance including developing and delivering a Kennedy Center for the Arts residency program in collaboration with international director and producer, artist Todd Rundgren. Sheela is the founder and artistic director of Creative Concepts in Music whose mission is to promote peace, sustainability and community engagement in the arts. Her body of work includes hundreds of public performances and over 300 educational teaching songs for English Language Learners."Teaching through the Arts" will continue in a fourth year at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy with in-person workshops that align with content standards for English Language Arts, Science, Social Emotional Learning and more. Ms. Das collaborates with educators to adapt to their teaching modalities and uses music, fine arts, and puppetry to reach students in grades 1-8. Artistic products from weekly student participants in grades 1-8 and K-3 Autism will include video-taped performances to be widely shared with the community. Community outreach includes weekly drumming workshops with the high school, open ukulele sessions during parent events, and monthly PreK Step Up to Quality workshops. Teacher professional development is an ongoing aspect of this program."Songwriting Transforms" serves students in grades PreK-8 with in-person workshops to improve language and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Students learn to find their voices and experience personal development through lyric writing, and performance education. All activities align with Ohio Department of Education content standards in English Language Arts and SEL. Final products include video-recorded music and teacher professional development.The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is thankful for the support of the Ohio Arts Council!