The People's Art Collection
The Statehouse art collection has been created to benefit the people of Ohio – telling the story of our great state. The art depicts the
hopes, dreams, values and aspirations of Ohio - and commemorates our state's accomplishments and struggles. Artworks have been added over
the years to preserve the public memory and to create a consensus about what is important to Ohio.
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education in partnership with the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Ohio Arts Council has developed
a set of teacher resources for works of art found within the Ohio Statehouse and on Capitol Square. The teacher resources are individual
lessons that focus on The People's Art Collection. The People's Art Collection provides integrated lessons for use by educators and parents.
In a world where arts education is the core to learning in other academic areas, and on its own, it is fitting that the works of art found in
the Ohio Statehouse and on Capitol Square become an integral part of the visiting students' experience. These works of art are available to
the public year round and are considered to be an added value to students taking a classic Statehouse tour. School age children and their
teachers visit the Statehouse to discover the building's history and architecture as well as to observe state government in action. There
are nearly 100,000 Statehouse tour participants annually.
Students who are unable to visit the Ohio Statehouse in person may now experience the arts through the lessons and virtual art exploration
experience by downloading the various lesson plans below. Images of the works or art are contained in each lesson.
It is our hope that classroom teachers will use these arts learning resources from The People's Art Collection as part of their integrated
approach to teaching history, civics and the arts.