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2016-2017 Community Report

agc-report-booklet-1The Any Given Child Indy 2016-2017 Community Report was officially released and presented to the public during National Arts in Education Week on Monday, September 12, 2016. The report includes information about the 2015 data collection process, including key results from the surveys sent to IPS personnel and arts organizations, as well as next steps for the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

Download your copy of the report today so you don’t miss a beat!

In addition, we have created a quiz so that you can test your knowledge of the 2015 survey results from the Community Report. Take the quiz below to see what you know! 


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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: 2016 RECAP

Thank you to those of you who participated in one or more of the events and activities during National Arts in Education Week last week, September 11 – 17, 2016! It was a very successful week, and we would like to share the following highlights with you:

Last week, 26 local arts organizations participated in a Week of Giving to raise funds for arts education programming in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. Next week, we will share the tally of the total amount raised through the Week of Giving to bring high-quality arts programming to the students of IPS. If you were unable to make a donation last week, we encourage you to still make a donation to one or more of the participating organizations. Click here to learn more.

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Making Art Accessible for Kids

Silvia Filippini Fantoni, PhD Community Arts Team Member & Director of Interpretation, Media, and Evaluation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Silvia Filippini Fantoni, PhD
Community Arts Team Member & Director of Interpretation, Media, and Evaluation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Making Art Accessible for Kids

“Children do not understand art.”

“Art is for adults.”

“An art museum is not a place for kids.”

These misperceptions are all too common, but the Indianapolis Museum of Art strives daily to change them. All across campus, there are spaces and activities for children 2 – 12 to learn and engage with art, helping families interact, and leading to lasting impressions. Capturing this audience is fundamental for the future of art and of our institution. By engaging visitors from a young age, not only do we contribute to the development of a new generation of artists and art lovers, but we also lay the foundation for a new generation of visitors.

Activity Spaces Abound
Family activity spaces can be found throughout the entire museum. Each space is thoughtfully designed to get children and families involved with the art. The purpose of these spaces is to provide hands-on learning experiences to help guests use their senses to create.

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: A Message from IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee

“The arts are vital to the well-rounded education of our students. That’s why I’m proud to participate in Indianapolis Arts in Education Week. The arts increase confidence, improve student and family engagement, and connect schools to our community in meaningful ways.”

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and its Any Given Child initiative are delighted to have the support of Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee. Watch his video message below to learn more about IPS’s commitment to increasing arts access and equity for its students.

#ArtsEdWeekIndy – A Message from Dr. Lewis Ferebee, IPS Superintendent from Arts Council of Indianapolis on Vimeo.

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Arts Education Creates Problem Solvers

Justin Wade Executive Artistic Director, Young Actors Theatre

Justin Wade
Executive Artistic Director, Young Actors Theatre

There is an island of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, an actual island. This is a new problem in the world. The world is filled with new problems. They are everywhere. Who is going to solve these problems? I believe that the student who truly has the creative mind will.

What builds the creative mind? It is my opinion that arts education is absolutely vital to the building of the creative mind. Arts education is more than teaching someone what the particular art that they are studying is like. It is more than making them into a lifetime arts patron. It teaches the student how to build the creative mind that is able to create solutions for problems that did not exist before. Creating art out of nothing ends in a student studying medicine believing they have the creativity to find a cure. It ends in someone starting a business that did not exist before. It helps a student to gather a vision for jobs in an age where technology is taking them away.

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