Art for Underserved School Audiences (AUSA)

Designed to serve the needs of at-risk students, Art for Underserved School Audiences (AUSA) provides a unique arts education experience to students who would not otherwise have access to the arts. The program targets teachers who have classroom demographics that demonstrate need, which is defined as greater than 50% of students receiving free/reduced price lunch.

For the AUSA program, Taft Museum of Art creates educational programming based on its special exhibitions that are only in our region for limited periods of time. Each free program provides three or more touch-points for each student (three or more is ideal; two is the minimum), with each consisting of:

  1. A school visit (or multiple) by a professional educator to introduce students to expectations about museum etiquette and the concepts of Taft Museum of Art’s exhibition,
  2. A two-hour visit to Taft Museum of Art where students will tour the exhibition and learn more about the artist(s), and
  3. The opportunity to create a work of art.

All costs are covered by the Taft, to include:

  1. Bussing to and from the Museum,
  2. Museum admission for students, teachers, and chaperones,
  3. Tour of the special exhibition,
  4. Educational materials, and
  5. All supplies and instruction for an art-making activity.

For the 2017/18 school year, AUSA programming will be created for Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts (October 21, 2017-January 21, 2018) and Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection (February 17 – May 27, 2018).

For More Information:

If you would like to participate in this program, please contact Lisa Morrisette at (513) 684-4520 to determine if your school is eligible.


Funding for AUSA is generously provided by:



Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation

The Andrew Jergens Foundation





Education Program Sponsors: 

Charles H. Dater Foundation



Joy and W.G. (Pete) Alpaugh Trust