Today, we celebrated the 23,000 K-8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools!
Beginning with a welcome by Jay Geshay, Sr. Vice President of the United Way of Central Indiana, we adopted both an Action Plan for 2016-2017 and a new committee structure designed to produce uncommon results. Today was the final meeting of a year-long strategic planning process that began last September. Using the Kennedy Center’s “collective impact” process, we brought together community groups from five sectors to address the complex challenge of leveraging arts education to improve youth outcomes in Indianapolis. Everyone warned us that it was going to be a “slow and sometimes messy process,” but the benefit has been that we built trusting relationships among all participants, and now we have a common agenda, shared goals, and shared measurement.
Today I am excited to announce four new implementation committees:
- Creative Engagement Committee
- Professional Development Committee
- Budget & Resources Committee
- Evaluation & Assessment Committee
With the Arts Council serving as backbone, we are now ready to begin a five-year implementation effort. Are you ready to sign up to work on one of the committees listed above? If so, please email Taylor Fengya, Grant Services & Arts Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernest Disney-Britton, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Director of Grant Services & Arts Education
On May 16, 50 local supporters of arts education joined the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Public Schools, and WFYI at Sun King Brewery to discuss the importance of arts education, to learn more about Any Given Child Indy, and to participate in arts activities while enjoying Sun King’s craft beer. The event was part of the Think & Drink series, a partnership between WFYI and Sun King Brewery.
Event attendees were very engaged and eager to talk about their ideas to address the top 3 barriers to arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools: funding, instructional time, and transportation. Attendees were also given the opportunity to share these ideas with members of the Any Given Child Indy Community Arts Team and make connections with fellow arts education supporters in Indianapolis.
In addition, those in attendance enjoyed participating in a variety of arts activities including connect the dots puzzles, coloring on craft paper, and reminiscing about their favorite childhood arts experiences. Some memories included taking a dance class with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, making jewelry in 4th grade, learning to make origami for a 6th grade book project, and playing an instrument in high school marching band.
Didn’t get to attend but wish you had? Be on the lookout for upcoming Any Given Child Indy events and ways in which you can become more involved in bringing equity to arts education, K-8, in Indianapolis Public Schools. Stay updated through this website and our Any Given Child Indy monthly e-newsletters.
Dr. Wanda Legrand, Community Arts Team Member and Deputy Superintendent for Academics Indianapolis Public Schools
As a life-long educator, I’ve seen the benefits of arts education countless times. Visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and other opportunities provide students amazing outlets of expression and creativity.
Dr. Preston Bautista Community Arts Team Member & Deputy Director for Public Programs and Audience Engagement, Indianapolis Museum of Art
We hope that we are responding to and answering the growing need for cultural organizations like the IMA to take on a larger role as arts educators in the community. As arts education faces cutbacks across the country, the IMA recognizes how essential connections with the arts are, in particular for the youngest and most at risk.