Open Arts Alliance is proud to partner with public and private schools to offer students and faculty a unique theatre experience.  Our residencies are structured for each schools’ individual needs, and can accommodate 1, 2 or 10 week sessions. During the OAA In School Residency, students focus on storytelling skills, bringing songs to life, navigating new and challenging situations, listening and communication, as well as thinking more creatively while be being present and focused.

Upcoming In-School Residencies

Spring 2020 International school of dundee


Our 2019 Residency

The Lion King Kids - International School of Dundee

Photo credit: Leslie Yager

Let OAA work with you to create a fundraising experience the students will remember for a lifetime!


In-School Residencies are a way to ensure art education as well as a profitable fundraiser for your school. We collaborate with schools to subsidize the cost of the program by incorporating streams of revenue such as ticket sales, programs, etc.

It is our goal to build relationships with students, educators, administrators and community members to ensure that arts education is accessible to all.

for more information or to book an In-school Residency for your school, contact our Education Director Kyle LeMaire to start planning your residency today. 

Email us or calling the office at (203) 869-1630 Ext. 304.

Why Arts Education is Important

Schools are required to meet National Core Arts Educational Standards. Open Arts Alliance to help alleviate some of the pressure to meet these standards. Our programs are designed to ensure that not only are students meeting the national standards but exceeding them.  We work on an individual basis with each school to partner and make sure arts education is being taught.

Studies have found that the graduation rate for students who participated in the arts had a much higher than those students who were not involved in some capacity. The students who are given additional ways of learning information do better on standardized tests than students who are only taught by traditional means.  Student are……


• 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement

• 3 times more likely to be elected to class office

• 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair

• 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

• 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance

(Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations, Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998)