#ArtsEdWeekIndy: A Message from Arts Council President & CEO, Dave Lawrence

NAEW Indianapolis Celebration WordmarkToday marks the beginning of National Arts in Education Week, a huge celebration recognizing the importance of the arts in a child’s education. This year, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will celebrate National Arts in Education Week from September 11 – 17 along with the rest of the country.

Throughout the week, the Arts Council’s Any Given Child Indy initiative will bring together arts organizations, educators, community leaders, and citizens for a series of presentations, discussions, and other events to highlight the work of arts educators and the importance of arts education for our city’s youth. To view the full calendar of events, please visit the Any Given Child Indy website at bit.ly/artsedweekindy2016.

Why designate the celebration of arts in education over an entire week? The arts are crucial to every child’s education. The arts create a vibrant city, drive creativity and innovation, build and strengthen our economy, drive tourism, and provide opportunities for communities to come together through positive self-expression and communication. Furthermore, studies have shown the following improved student outcomes as a result of arts education. Students are:

  • Four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • Three times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • Four times more likely to participate in math and science fairs
  • Three times more likely to be elected to class office

As we know, creativity and graduation rates have a big impact on the strength of any community, and that’s why the Indianapolis arts community is working with the Mayor’s office and Indianapolis Public Schools to improve outcomes for 22,000+ K-8 students through Any Given Child Indy. Since 1987, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has been working to increase access to the arts and encouraging that arts education initiatives are part of funded programs through our Annual Grants Program. Through recent research initiatives and as directed by our most recent strategic plan, the Arts Council endeavored to take a more direct role in providing access to quality arts education for all our youth in Indianapolis.

In 2015, the Arts Council began serving as the backbone organization, or administrative support arm, for a collective impact initiative in partnership with the Mayor’s office and Indianapolis Public Schools to ensure arts access to every K-8 student in IPS, including Mayor’s Charter Schools. The program is an initiative of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In May 2016, a team of civic, corporate, and nonprofit leaders across sectors completed year one of the program by creating a vision, articulating four specific goals and focus areas, and the beginning of a data-driven action plan based on surveys of teachers and arts organizations that will drive four years of implementation.

We invite you to join the Any Given Child Indy coalition to ensure access to the arts for our children in Indianapolis. Join us in the celebration of National Arts in Education Week in Indianapolis from September 11 – 17, 2016. Visit bit.ly/artsedweekindy2016 for more information on ways to become engaged during the week and celebrate the arts and arts integration programs for all youth in Indianapolis.

Sincerely,

Dave Lawrence
President & CEO
Arts Council of Indianapolis

Special thanks to Metropolitan Youth Orchestra for helping us celebrate #ArtsEdWeekIndy by participating in the following video message from Arts Council of Indianapolis President & CEO Dave Lawrence:

It’s Indianapolis Arts in Education Week! from Arts Council of Indianapolis on Vimeo.

 

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Arts Education School Tours

bus-tour-01Curious to know what the arts look like when implemented in the classroom? During National Arts in Education Week, you will have the opportunity to visit two high-performing schools and learn what students experience in the arts on an every day basis.

On Wednesday, September 14 from 8:30 am to 12 pm, attendees will visit Edison School of the Arts IPS School 47 and Tindley Genesis Academy, one of the Mayor’s Charter Schools. During the school tours, those in attendance will be able to hear firsthand from the schools’ principals, have the opportunity to ask questions, and visit a handful of classrooms. Click here for more information or register for the tours.

Details
At 8:30 am on Wednesday, September 14, attendees will meet at the Arts Council of Indianapolis (924 N Pennsylvania Street) where they will enjoy breakfast and be briefed on the morning’s activities. At that time, participants will be divided into carpools for the school tours. The carpools will transport participants to the schools and back to the Arts Council of Indianapolis by 12 pm.

singingThis event is FREE of charge and open to the first 50 people who register via Eventbrite at http://artseducationschooltours.eventbrite.com. Reserve your spot as soon as possible! Only those who have pre-registered for the school tours on Eventbrite will be able to participate.

PARKING: Please park in the Arts Council’s parking lot (just south of the building off Pennsylvania) or the lot across the street from the Arts Council. Parking is free and no parking passes are required.

Questions?
Please contact Taylor Fengya, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, at tfengya@indyarts.org or 317-631-3301.

NAEW Indianapolis Celebration WordmarkNATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 11 – 17
The Arts Council of Indianapolis and its Any Given Child Indy initiative, a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office, are celebrating National Arts in Education Week from September 11 – 17 along with the rest of the country. Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. Learn about Indianapolis’ weeklong celebration here.

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Think & Drink – Arts Education Trivia Night

IMG_5237Do you remember what you learned in art class in the third grade? Do you know what fifth graders typically learn in music class? Here’s the chance to find out what you know! Come out to Sun King Brewery on Monday, September 12 from 5:30 – 7 pm to test your knowledge of arts education with a trivia night.

Attendees may choose to participate in the trivia night by filling out a worksheet, but if trivia isn’t your cup of tea, or in this instance beer,  there are many other fun activities for you to enjoy at Sun King.

Come color iconic Indianapolis murals, strike up a conversation with your friends about why you believe in arts in education, and drink Sun King’s delicious craft beer. Trivia participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Prize Pack, generously donated by Sun King Brewing Company.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up to join one of four Any Given Child Indy committees – Creative Engagement, Professional Development, Budget & Resources, or Evaluation & Assessment.

This event is for those 21 and older.

 

NATINAEW Indianapolis Celebration WordmarkONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 11 – 17
The Arts Council of Indianapolis and its Any Given Child Indy initiative, a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office, are celebrating National Arts in Education Week from September 11 – 17 along with the rest of the country. This trivia night is just one of the many that have been planned throughout the week to celebrate arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. Learn about Indianapolis’ weeklong celebration here.

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Kickoff Celebration

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As part of the Indianapolis community’s celebration of National Arts in Education Week (September 11 – 17), the Arts Council of Indianapolis and its Any Given Child Indy initiative, a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office, will officially kick off the week at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on September 12.

This event will give members of the public an opportunity to celebrate Mayor Joe Hogsett’s proclamation of September 11 – 17 as “Indianapolis Arts in Education Week” with performances by students from Young Actors Theatre and Asante Children’s Theatre. During this event, attendees will learn about the Week of Giving and how they can support the efforts of 26 local arts organizations that are working within Indianapolis Public Schools. The Arts Council will also unveil the Any Given Child Indy 2016 – 2017 Action Plan, which includes goals and strategies that will increase access to arts education for IPS Students.

NAEW Indianapolis Celebration WordmarkNATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 11 – 17
This kickoff celebration is just one of the many activities that have been planned to celebrate National Arts in Education Week in Indianapolis from September 11 – 17, 2016. Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. Learn about Indianapolis’ weeklong celebration here.

 

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Schedule of Events

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Sunday, September 11

Week of Giving Day 1

Monday, September 12
Week of Giving Day 2

Tuesday, September 13
Week of Giving Day 3

  • 3:30 pm, Professional Indy Arts Educators Network Meeting at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 
    RSVP required

Wednesday, September 14 
Week of Giving Day 4

Thursday, September 15
Week of Giving Day 5

  • Any Given Child Indy Committee Meetings, RSVP required
      – 8:30 am, Budget & Resources Committee at Harrison College
      – 10 am, Professional Development Committee at Arts for Learning
      – 12 pm, Evaluation & Assessment Committee at English Foundation Building
      – 2:30 pm, Creative Engagement Committee at WFYI

Friday, September 16
Week of Giving Day 6

Saturday, September 17
Week of Giving Day 7

Interested in attending one of these events?
For more information contact anygivenchildindy@indyarts.org.

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