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REPORT CARD: 10/14/16 STEERING COMMITTEE: Announces Professional Development Opportunity

Last school year, a group of 30 leaders came together each month to collect and analyze the data that is guiding Any Given Child Indy. They were called the Community Arts Team.

The new phase of the program is to design the programs and to build budgets for those programs with 30 new volunteers who have joined the initiative including parents, teachers, and business people. There are four committees, led by previous members of the Community Arts Team (except for one new person), and those co-chairs had their first meeting together in October. These groups are already moving fast!

  1. The Budget & Resources Committee, chaired by Greg Wallis, Harrison College, and Dr. Yvonne Stokes, Indianapolis Public Schools, has identified over a dozen potential funding sources.
  2. The Evaluation & Assessment Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Jason Kelly, IUPUI, and Andrew Black, Central Indiana Community Foundation, is wrestling with the work of prioritizing gaps and defining tiers of engagement.
  3. The Creative Engagement Committee, co-chaired by Michael Grady, WRTV-6, and Gail Thomas-Strong, WFYI, selected parents as their key audience for community discussions on arts education.
  4. Additionally, the Professional Development Committee, co-chaired by David Newman, Indianapolis Public Schools, and JoEllen Florio Rossebo, Arts for Learning, has selected their first Arts Integration trainer for January 2017.

Lastly, Dr. Wanda Legrand, IPS Deputy Superintendent for Academic Improvement, and Ernest Disney-Britton, Arts Council of Indianapolis, presented an update to the Indianapolis Public School Board on October 27 that was broadcast on WFYI. It is an exciting time to be engaged in arts education!    

 Ernest Disney-Britton
Director of Grant Services & Education Partnerships
Arts Council of Indianapolis

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: Why It’s Important to Support Any Given Teacher Through Any Given Child Indy

Donna Rund Arts Education Manager, Butler Arts Center Any Given Child Indy Professional Development Committee Member

Donna Rund
Arts Education Manager, Butler Arts Center
Any Given Child Indy Professional Development Committee Member

Just as any student in the classroom will thrive and succeed when the environment for learning is safe and supported, any teacher who works with students will also thrive and succeed in the “art of teaching” when the environment is safe and supported. Teachers hone their craft to educate students through supportive, thoughtful, and engaging professional development. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (The Kennedy Center) has this belief and has been committed to creating and sharing high-quality resources and professional development opportunities to teachers for over 25 years. Two of The Kennedy Center’s National Partnerships programs–Partners in Education and Any Given Child–support arts education practice through professional learning, technical support, and resources for its national networks.

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: Paying It Forward

Greg Wallis CFO, Harrison College Co-Chair, Any Given Child Indy Budget & Resources Committee

Greg Wallis
CFO, Harrison College
Co-Chair, Any Given Child Indy Budget & Resources Committee

Do you remember those teachers who made the most significant impact on your life?

While every teacher I had helped me on my journey to become an educated person, there are two teachers who inspired me to work harder and to learn more about the world around me. The first teacher in my story is Mr. Reinhardt.

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October is National Arts & Humanities Month!

Did you know that October is National Arts & Humanities Month? Organizations from all over the country are organizing programs and initiatives to collectively recognize the importance of arts and culture in America.

To celebrate, we have created a fun and interactive Arts Education Trivia Quiz. Are you eager to test your knowledge of what you learned in your K-8 arts classes? Take the quiz below to see what you know!

What else is Any Given Child Indy doing throughout the month of October?

The Any Given Child Indy Implementation Team, comprised of Creative Engagement, Professional Development, Evaluation & Assessment, and Budget & Resources committees, are hard at work ensuring the 2016-2017 Action Plan becomes a reality for all K-8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools. To learn more about Any Given Child Indy’s goals and action steps to ensure arts access in IPS, take a look at the 2016-2017 Community Report.


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Check out the Media Room!

Take a look at our new Media Room on our website! 

On this page, you will find Any Given Child Indy in the news. From the announcement of Indianapolis as a Partner City for the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program, to the video of Mayor Hogsett and Kids Dance Outreach proclaiming the second week of September as “Indianapolis Arts in Education Week,” we will be providing you with the latest Any Given Child Indy articles, videos, audio segments, and more. Check back periodically for updates!

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