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Is arts education important to you? Do you believe in the work that the Any Given Child Indy team is doing to bring equity to arts education for students in K-8 in Indianapolis Public Schools? If your answer is “Yes!” to these questions, please declare your support by taking our pledge!

By signing your name, we ask that you start a conversation about the importance of arts education with friends and family, support arts education by attending a youth performance, and share Any Given Child Indy updates on social media.

By declaring your support, you are also signing up to receive periodic updates about Any Given Child Indy via email. Please share the pledge with friends, family, colleagues, and whoever else would be interested in declaring their support to bring equity to arts education in IPS schools!

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EVENT: March 14 Conversation About Education at Central Library


Do you care about kids? Do you care about arts education?

If so, we have the perfect event for you!

Please join WFYI, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Public Schools, the City of Indianapolis’ Office for Education Innovation, and IndyPL in a Conversation about Education at Central Library on March 14 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Using data provided by 1,200 teachers, 66 schools and 53 arts organizations, panelists will provide the foundation for creating expanded high-quality art opportunities for K–8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools and area charter schools. This conversation will be moderated by WFYI’s Sharon Gamble, co-host of Art of the Matter on 90.1. Be sure to attend this discussion to learn more about arts education and the Any Given Child Indy initiative in collaboration with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Download an event flyer here.

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: Reflecting on the past, hoping for the future


Andrew Black Community Arts Team Member & Community Investment Officer, Central Indiana Community Foundation

Andrew Black
Community Arts Team Member & Community Investment Officer
Central Indiana Community Foundation

What I have learned is that the arts not only offer countless benefits related to the cultural, entertainment, and economic development of a city or a region, but they can also be transformational for our most important and oftentimes most vulnerable populations: young children.

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Introducing Voices for Any Given Child Indy

We are excited to introduce Voices for Any Given Child Indy, a new initiative that will give leaders in the Indianapolis community the opportunity to focus on issues in arts education and in the community, as well as their personal investment in the success of Any Given Child Indy.


In the coming months, you will hear from a variety of community leaders representing the arts, philanthropy, public education, media, and more! They are eager to share their unique perspectives surrounding arts education and the work that Any Given Child Indy is doing in the community. Be on the look out for new Voices for Any Given Child Indy posts on

Taylor Fengya, Grant Services & Arts Education Coordinator

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2015 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award Winners Announced

At the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ annual Start with Art luncheon on Friday, September 4, two local arts educators were awarded the 2015 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award. The winners are…


Abigail Wolf

The first 2015 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI was awarded to Abigail Wolf, an arts teacher known for innovation and creativity at Meredith Nicholson Elementary School. Mary Siefert, Principal of School 96 said of our first honoree, “Creativity is an area of strength for her. She always has ideas that engage the students in learning. She is a rare find: well-trained, ambitious, and dedicated: a competent professional that promotes the love for art among our youth.” In addition to her school duties, this individual teaches a summer program and countless workshops as well as serves on the curriculum development team for Art with a Heart. As part of the nomination, Art with a Heart CEO Andrew Lee said, “She stands out as one of our most committed staff members and she is resourceful, engaged, and passionate about teaching the arts.”


Tracey Suchy

The second 2015 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI was awarded to Tracey Suchy, an art teacher at West Newton Elementary School in Decatur Township. In addition to her classroom work, she hosts outreach programs to connect the school to the community and recently led the creation of three totems representing Indiana, West Newton Elementary School, and Decatur Township that became the township’s first outdoor art installation. She organized residencies in photography and video game design to support the units of study on the life and work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and graphic artist M.C. Escher, elevating the level of arts integration and enriching student learning. West Newton principal Susan Strube said, “she works tireless –days, evenings and weekends, with students, visiting artists and community members to ensure that the arts are alive and well at West Newton Elementary.” Joining Arts for Learning in nominating this teacher was Jim Poyser, Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana. He said, “I work in a lot in schools all over the state. She is by far the most extraordinary art teacher with whom I work.”

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