SMARTS Partners

SMARTS Community Partners

SMARTS Arts teaching and learning takes place in the following locations:

During the School Day Partners

SMARTS Community Teaching Artists are employed by SMARTS and placed in partnering school systems to teach Visual Art, Music, and Dance year-round during the school day.


SMARTS Beats is a percussion-based music program for PK-12 students with special needs. SMARTS Empowers pilot program integrates arts education into students’ daily art activities using visual art, theater and dance for PK-12 students with special needs.

After-School Partners

SMARTS collaborates with the following after school programs to provide arts education classes.

Additional Partners:

Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County

Mahoning Valley Historical Society, B. Keck is a member of their Advisory Board, B. Keck is a co-founder of this organization with William E. Mullane and is currently the Vice-President

State Leadership:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education/OAAE, B. Keck serves on the board and is a member of the Communication Committee

Collaborative for Arts Education in Ohio/CAEO, B Keck is a member of this committee. The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the Ohio Arts Council have collaborated to convene an advisory committee of arts education leaders from across the state to design a framework that supports the ways arts education can be deployed throughout implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Any Given Child:

SMARTS has lead the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child, Warren, OH initiative since its inception. The program, which helps to expand arts education, ensures access and equity for all students.

“By offering a strong arts education, young people benefit in their intellectual, personal, and social development,” said Darrell M. Ayers, Kennedy Center Vice President for Education and Jazz. “We want to ensure that every child receives an arts education, and that Any Given Child communities serve as examples for other cities across the United States.”

The Warren City School System is the only Any Given Child district in the state of Ohio, and the smallest in the nation, to be selected.

To volunteer or support Any Given Child, Warren, OH, contact