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School Spotlight: Clarence Farrington School 61

From celebrating National Arts in Education Week in September to taking a field trip to the Indiana Repertory Theatre in February, Clarence Farrington School 61 has had a busy, arts-filled school year. Most recently, the school’s choir performed in the annual IPS Songfest, a district-wide celebration of excellence in music education. The choir performed 10 songs which included partner songs, instrumental accompaniments, and choreography. 

Clarence Farrington students at the annual IPS Songfest

Edison School of the Arts Receives $325,000 Grant

Edison School of the Arts, an Any Given Child Indy Pilot School, has received a $325,000 grant award from the Walton Foundation. The Walton Family Foundation, a philanthropic group governed by the family that founded Walmart, was created to fuel solutions for persistent educational programs. The Foundation believes that innovations in school models and how parents and teachers can be empowered have helped to improve schools and results for students for over a decade. The Foundation is committed to supporting efforts that promise to produce new innovations that will spur further improvements. Edison School of the Arts, whose mission is to provide rigorous academics through the implementation of arts integration infused directly in the core curriculum, will use funds to develop coaching and training for school educators and administration, as well as ongoing professional training and educational development in conjunction with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to read more about the school’s grant award. 

Kids Dance Outreach Showcase at IPS 51

Second, third, and fourth grade students at James Russell Lowell School 51 have participated in Kids Dance Outreach each week this semester as an initiative of Any Given Child Indy. These students performed for their parents and the school’s pre-k and kindergarten students last week. They showcased what they learned from the program, including different dance moves and sequences, as well as dancing while blindfolded and a fun rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.” Below are some images from the showcase.

School Spotlight: James Russell Lowell School 51

Written by: Abida Muhammad, James Russell Lowell School 51 Arts Liaison, muhammab@myips.org

James Russell Lowell is currently in partnership with Kids Dance Outreach and Young Actors Theatre for in-school arts-as-curriculum. Students in grades 2-4 participate in theater and dance class twice a week, and they are thrilled to attend the classes! There will be a culminating performance for KDO in early May, and a culminating performance for YAT in early June.  

School 51 has also received a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission’s Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (PACE) Program. The PACE grant has allowed the school to collaborate with Sapphire Theatre Company to create a year-long theatre integration program with third grade students and their English/Language Arts curriculum.  

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