Indianapolis Public Schools and the Arts Council of Indianapolis are members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the community participates in collaborative efforts to provide equity and access in arts education for all students. Local matching funds for Any Given Child Indianapolis were provided through individual contributions from United Way of Central Indiana.
The Any Given Child Indy Community Arts Team is committed to ensuring ongoing comprehensive and quality arts education for all K-8 students in the Indianapolis Public Schools. We will unite schools with the diverse cultural richness of our community to engage and inspire students to create, perform, and respond to all art forms leading to lifelong creative engagement.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Indianapolis, Indiana for Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8. The program will incorporate existing resources of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and local arts organizations, and the Kennedy Center to create a plan for arts education specific to the city. Any Given Child seeks to bring access and equity to each student’s arts education, using an affordable model, with the assistance of expert consultation services provided by Kennedy Center staff and other professionals. Indianapolis is the 18th site across the country to join the program.
Any Given Child partners are ready to lead this exciting arts education initiative. Here’s what they have to say:
“It is critical for all children to have access to arts education in school,” said Kennedy Center Senior Vice President of Education, Mario Rossero. “We are pleased to add Indianapolis to the Any Given Child program. Mayor Ballard, Dr. Ferebee at Indianapolis Public Schools, and Dave Lawrence of the Arts Council of Indianapolis have shown tremendous support for this project. Indianapolis has a vibrant arts community, and we look forward to unleashing students’ creativity and supporting student success through arts education.”
“In the City of Indianapolis, education—including arts education—is viewed as a foundation for creating opportunities and strengthening our community. With the support of the Arts Council and Indianapolis Public Schools, the Any Given Child program will transform the lives of Indianapolis youth through the power of the arts,” said Mayor Gregory A. Ballard.
“Indianapolis Public Schools is committed to expanding arts opportunities for our students, and we are honored to collaborate with the Kennedy Center and our community partners on this phenomenal initiative,” said Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent. “Arts education increases confidence, improves student and parent engagement, and connects our schools with our community in meaningful ways. We look forward to seeing a lasting impact in the city of Indianapolis.”
“The Any Given Child program is a perfect opportunity for those of us in the arts community in Indianapolis to affect positive and lasting change in the arts in the Indianapolis Public School system,” said Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. “The Arts Council board and staff stand ready to lead the rest of the arts community in transforming arts education in our largest school system in Marion County.”
Find out more about this community arts education initiative here:
Explore the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Program Website
Find Out More in the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Program Booklet
Any Given Child Indy 2016-2017 Community Report