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First Round of Any Given Child Indy Schools Announced

Students at Ralph Waldo Emerson School #58 during National Arts in Education Week.

To kick off National Arts in Education Week in Indianapolis, we are announcing our nine 2017-18 Any Given Child Indy schools and highlighting their Arts in Education Week events!

The nine schools who will participate in the first year of Any Given Child Indy are: 

  1. Clarence Farrington School #61
  2. Edison School of the Arts #47
  3. Eliza A. Blaker School #55
  4. George S. Buck SChool #94
  5. James Russell Lowell School #51
  6. James Whitcomb Riley School #43
  7. Ralph Waldo Emerson School #58
  8. Tindley Genesis Elementary
  9. Washington Irving School #14

Many of our Any Given Child Indy schools have planned events to celebrate National Arts in Education Week. Read below to see what each school has planned for this week!

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2017 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award Winners Announced

In honor of the upcoming National Arts in Education Week, two outstanding educators were honored with the Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI. The awards were presented at the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ 2017 Start With Art Luncheon on September 1. The 2017 Arts Education ARTI Award winners are Jeremy Mallov and Margarita Garcia, elementary school art teachers in Lawrence Township. 

Jeremy Mallov, Amy Beverland Elementary

Jeremy Mallov accepts his ARTI Award at Start With Art 2017.

Jeremy Mallov is an elementary school art educator who utilizes his gifts as both a talented artist and highly effective teacher to make a positive impact on children. He facilitates learning through a detailed and structured art curriculum encompassing creativity, art appreciation, and art history and he creates cross-curricular learning opportunities by collaborating with classroom teachers. Beyond the typical drawing, molding clay, painting, and other art activities, Jeremy encourages students to use non-traditional materials and even junk to create unique art sculptures that decorate the hallways of the school. In the nomination, his principal said, “He is more than an arts educator. He is a valuable member of the culture and climate at Amy Beverland Elementary. He is a creative artist, an empowering educator, and a role model in our learning community.”

Margarita Garcia, Forest Glen Elementary School

Margarita Garcia accepts her ARTI Award at Start With Art 2017.

Margarita Garcia has been an elementary school art teacher at Forest Glen Elementary School for two years. In that short time, she has managed to transform the look of the school through displays of student artwork, making the environment much more child-centered and inviting. She is an advocate for her students and works each and every day to ensure the best success for each of them. She meets students outside of class, runs clubs afterschool, teaches art to staff, spends time educating parents, and much more. The principal of Forest Glen said, “Her positive outlook on life along with her ability to find ways to work harmoniously with administrators and teachers make her an asset to Forest Glen. I can’t really find words to describe her abilities, creativity, and dedication to teaching art to children. She is an exemplar of integrity, service, and leadership and an inspiration to all students.”

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National #ArtsEdWeek 2017 – Indianapolis Events Calendar

Tuesday, September 12

Wednesday, September 13

Thursday, September 14

Saturday, September 16

To add your organization’s event to the calendar or ask questions about any of the above events, email ljing@indyarts.org.

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REPORT CARD: 8/11/17 Steering Committee Meeting

At its August meeting, the Any Given Child Indy Steering Committee finalized their presentations for the upcoming Governing Council meeting. Committee members finalized an operating budget for the program; compiled a professional development calendar; reviewed the schedule for 2017 National Arts in Education Week; and a created a Performance Measurement Plan to ensure the program impacts student achievement and success. These plans and calendars will be presented to the Governing Council in September for their approval, which will allow implementation of the program to continue moving forward. The Governing Council, co-chaired by Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, and Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, provides the overall strategic leadership for the Any Given Child Indy initiative. At the August meeting, the committee also recognized two founding members of the Steering Committee who have accepted new opportunities outside Indianapolis Public Schools, Dr. Yvonne Stokes and Dr. Wanda Legrand. They will be missed.

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: New Site Coordinator

Leesa Jing, Arts Council of Indianapolis Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator

Back in May, I joined the Arts Council of Indianapolis as the Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, thus becoming one of the new Site Coordinators for Any Given Child Indy. As someone who grew up in the arts, I could not have been more ecstatic to receive an offer to join the Arts Council staff just four days before my graduation from Butler University. 

At Butler, I studied arts administration and mathematics while being a member of the Butler University Dance Team, serving as a Butler Student Ambassador at the Admissions Office, and participating in numerous other campus organizations. I also volunteered with Art With a Heart and completed internships with the National Panhellenic Conference, Arts for Learning, Asante Children’s Theatre, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. One of my most valuable experiences from the past four years was having the opportunity to study in Europe for three months, during which I explored the arts and cultures of Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland.

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