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School Spotlight: James Russell Lowell School 51

Written by: Abida Muhammad, James Russell Lowell School 51 Arts Liaison, muhammab@myips.org

James Russell Lowell is currently in partnership with Kids Dance Outreach and Young Actors Theatre for in-school arts-as-curriculum. Students in grades 2-4 participate in theater and dance class twice a week, and they are thrilled to attend the classes! There will be a culminating performance for KDO in early May, and a culminating performance for YAT in early June.  

School 51 has also received a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission’s Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (PACE) Program. The PACE grant has allowed the school to collaborate with Sapphire Theatre Company to create a year-long theatre integration program with third grade students and their English/Language Arts curriculum.  

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Notable Measures Donates to IPS School #70

On Friday, April 6, local nonprofit Notable Measures donated to Center for Inquiry School 70. This gift of $1,000 marked the third donation to the school from the student-lead organization. Read about the two donations Notable Measures has made to Any Given Child Indy here.

 

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Congressional Art Competition for High School Students

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 7th District. The overall winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The runner-up will have their art displayed in Congressman Andre Carson’s Indianapolis office for one year. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep  (including the frame). The art work may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. This year’s submission deadline is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Click here to apply. 

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Fishers Student Donates to IPS #94

IPS George Buck School #94 was recently the recipient of a generous donation of art supplies through our Any Given Child Indy Pilot School program. Mr. David Newman, IPS K-12 Fine Arts Instructional Coach, was contacted by a family who wanted to donate art materials to a school in need. Mr. Newman chose George Buck, who recently hired an art teacher after not having anyone to teach there this year. The teacher, Beverly Thomas, had no art supplies and was making do with what had been left for her. The family, Tracy Pendlum and her daughter, Adrea, had a garage full of brand new art supplies that Adrea had asked be collected. Adrea, an excellent artist and student at Riverside Jr. High School in Fishers, generously donated her supplies to the Any Given Child effort. It is through this kind of grass-roots involvement and generosity of people like Adrea and the Pendlum family that “Any Given Child” can experience enhanced fine arts experiences. Thank you Adrea!

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Curriculum & Instruction Saturday Summit

On Saturday, April 7, Indianapolis Public Schools is hosting a Curriculum & Instruction Summit at Forest Manor Professional Development Center, open to any teacher in the Indianapolis area. The day is broken into three sessions: one keynote session and two sessions with multiple breakout topics to choose from. Each session is 70 minutes, with a 10-15 minute break between each session. Participants may choose to attend one to three sessions throughout the day. The Keynote Speaker, Nancy Steineke, specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles and student engagement. Topics for the remaining two sessions include Poetry in the Classroom lead by local poet Bonnie Maurer; Orchestrating Discussions; Reading Foundations Throughout the Day; Modeling and Mindset with Mathematics; and more. Registration is free for IPS teachers and costs $20 for non-IPS teachers. Click here to register, and contact Allyson Peterkin, peterkam@myips.org, with any questions.

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