About JOI

The Joan Oates Institute (JOI) for Partners in the Arts prepares teachers to develop their own specialized plans for integrating arts into the classroom. The PIA Awards support the implementation of integrated projects at schools.

The Joan Oates Institute

For twenty years PIA has held a summer institute for regional educators. In 2011, the institute was endowed by our founder Joan Olmsted Oates, and became the Joan Oates Institute.

Since 1994, when Partners in the Arts was founded, its mission has always been to provide training and resources in arts integration for PreK-12 educators. Arts integration is defined in  PIA's original arts-in-education plan as teaching all curricular content through the arts. PIA serves educators looking to transform the way they teach, by engaging and empowering them to use their passions in the classroom, and to model learning practices for their students.

PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers Awards

For the 2014-15 we have created a new model called Engaging Creative Thinkers which combines our PIA Award projects with JOI to create sustainable and comprehensive integrated projects. This model provides year round support, training, and visiting experts to embed arts integration in a transdiscplinary way.

In 2013 the Joan Oates Institute became an NAEA co-sponsored academy

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The PIA Consortium
Founded in 1994 as the educational arm of the Arts Council of Richmond, the consortium consists of schools, organizations, institutions and artists committed to integrating the arts across the curriculum.