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Year-End Program Update

I am excited to report that a year of program design work is now complete. In September, Any Given Child Indy began Phase 3, implementation, of its 5-year plan to provide robust arts education for all 23,000 K-8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools. We divided the plan into three stages, and we hit the ground running with nine schools
 
Stage One focuses on “Co-Curricular” activities to fill the 60% gaps in school access to arts organization programs. We infused three schools with the arts during September’s Arts Education Week; provided 8 schools with Professional Development for Fine Arts Teachers in October through Art With a Heart, Indiana Music Education Association, and Music for All; and we selected an arts liaison in each of the nine schools to plan field trips with groups like The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana State Museum, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. 
 
Stage Two focuses on “Arts Integration” with the goal of partnering teaching artists with the 94% of math, reading, and science teachers seeking training on how to integrate the arts into their school curriculum and to bolster student motivation and achievement. Leading the way, Edison School of the Arts began using their Kennedy Center training in arts integration in their core academic classrooms this fall. Also, Any Given Child Indy recently submitted a grant application for Sapphire Theatre to begin similar work with James Russell Lowell School. 
 
The final stage is “Arts as Curriculum.” In this stage, we ensure the elimination of the 78-80% gaps in weekly instruction in theatre and dance. While this is a later stage, IPS has already jumped ahead to demonstrate its effectiveness by placing two arts organizations in two schools beginning this January. Next month, Young Actor’s Theatre and Kids Dance Outreach will begin providing weekly instruction in theatre and dance in both James Russell Lowell School and George Buck Elementary. Finally, we found that this ambitious plan needed additional funding in order to expand district wide, and we engaged Thomas P. Miller & Associates of Indianapolis to guide us in securing the needed additional resources. The most updated initiative framework can be found here. 
 
Special thanks to our financial supporters such as Notable Measures, and to the 64 volunteers and educators who met monthly this past year for a combined total of 328+ hours to design the Any Given Child Indy plan!  Help us continue to support arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools in 2018 and beyond, with a year-end contribution to Any Given Child Indy. Every dollar makes a difference. 
 
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Ernest Disney-Britton
Director of Grant Services and Education Partnerships
Arts Council of Indianapolis

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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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REPORT CARD: 7/14/17 Steering Committee Meeting

As students, parents, and teachers have been preparing for the new school year, the Steering Committee of Any Given Child Indy has also been busy working hard to prepare for the 2017-18 year. Following the budget and design work completed in the past year, the committee is now at the beginning of program implementation.

All nine pilot schools have signed agreements, and they will spend most of this coming school year working directly with the Professional Development Committee and two arts partners to plan full weekly instruction. The Professional Development Committee has put together a timeline for pilot schools to provide them with guidance and resources as we move towards integrating theatre and dance instruction into the schools. Moving into the new school year, the next big event to look forward to is Arts in Education Week, September 10-16, 2017.

The Steering Committee has also accepted a $300 donation from Notable Measures, a nonprofit started by local students to help others’ receive arts education.

The Steering Committee of Any Given Child Indy accepts a $300 check from Notable Measures.

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REPORT CARD: 6/9/17 Steering Committee Meeting

After a year of speculation, the first preliminary budgets for Any Given Child Indy were reviewed at the June 9th meeting of the steering committee. A final “proposed” budget will be presented to the public in September during National Arts in Education Week. The budget responds to all four of the program goals and leverages the resources of the local community to engage and inspire students to create, perform, and respond to all art forms leading to lifelong creative engagement. It is divided into four sections: (1) weekly arts instruction; (2) co-curricular activities; (3) professional development; and (4) administrative/communication support. The budget is driven by knowledge of the gaps and barriers to arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools as identified in the 2015 baseline survey, and it accomplishes three things:

(1) Provides direct arts instruction for students during the school day to fill the gaps; (2) Bolsters the capacity of the district to strengthen school-based arts instruction across all 66 schools (public and charter); and (3) Improves coordination of partnerships between schools and arts organizations to produce higher-quality arts programming in the schools, in collaboration with core academic teachers, fine arts teachers and school leaders.

Ernest Disney-Britton
Director of Grant Services and Education Partnerships
Arts Council of Indianapolis

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REPORT CARD: 5/12/17 Steering Committee Meeting

With our eyes on filling the gaps in arts instruction (K-8), Any Given Child Indy completed the design of a pilot for 2017-2018. The pilot schools will be publicly announced in September during National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 10-16, 2017), but the participants come from all three systems within the Indianapolis Public Schools: Traditional, Innovation, and Charter. Filling the gaps in arts instruction for dance and theatre is the priority for Any Given Child Indy, but also tackling the issue of access to information for both teachers as well as arts organizations.

We believe we’ve come up with dynamic ways to tackle the barriers locally, including some that are unique to Indianapolis and others that are nationwide. Thanks to the collaborative work of local arts organizations, we’ll soon announce new ways to address the teacher desires for increased Professional Development. Thanks to the encouragement of arts organizations like the Indianapolis Museum of Art and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, we will pursue exciting new ways to improve access for families and teachers. I am particularly excited about the focus on arts activities planned during National Arts in Education Week that will spotlight the pilot program, but also highlight the amazing arts education work being accomplished throughout central Indiana. If you are interested in working on National Arts in Education Week, this is the year to do it. Please contact Leesa Jing at ljing@indyarts.org to sign-up.

Ernest Disney-Britton
Director of Grant Services & Education Partnerships
Arts Council of Indianapolis

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