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Report Card 3/4/16: On the Road to Success; Powerful Work by Community Arts Team

Ahmed Young, Director of Education Innovation from the Office of Mayor Hogsett opened today’s meeting of the Community Arts Team. He shared his story of the transformative power of the arts in his own life that led him to not only learn the violin, but ultimately led him to go to law school and serve as a prosecutor. It is one of the many hundreds of stories that are driving the efforts in Indianapolis with Any Given Child Indy. Today’s group was charged and inspired as we again reviewed the data from 1,200 teachers and 53 arts organizations, and began listing dozens of strategies to help transform the lives of the 20,000 K–8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools through the arts. 

AGC CATToday was a reminder that the road ahead is a 5-year journey; that it will take many more voices and hands to make change happen; and that it will take the artistic expertise of many artists and arts organizations to ensure its success. According to the Kennedy Center facilitators, the energy in the room today was powerful, and I know I left changed by that energy and ideas in the room. We are coming to the end of the strategic planning year, and will soon be moving into the implementation phase for the 2016-2017 school year.

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

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Report Card 1/16/16: Surveying the Field

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What a powerful and amazing meeting we had today! Special kudos to IPS and to the Mayor’s Office for supplying the rich survey data on attitudes and services. Also, special thanks to Rilyn Gibson for the insightful comparative analysis to the arts organization survey data. We’ll take the next six weeks to review and reflect on the data before coming back together in March to begin decision-making. In between that time, three of us will be going to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to meet with our Any Given Child counterparts from around the country in February: Dr. Wanda LeGrand, Deputy Superintendent for Indianapolis Public Schools; Gail Thomas Strong, VP for Community Engagement at WFYI, and I will represent the arts community. So, we are now in a data rich environment and getting set for focused community dialogues and decision-making to ensure arts access to every given child in Indianapolis.

Superintendent Ferebee welcomed us warmly this morning, and thanked us for our good work. He also drew the names of six schools from the survey who will each receive mini-grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis for arts education. The funding for these Arts Council mini-grants was made available from the Community Indiana Community Foundation through The Frank & Irving Moxley Springer Fund, as a result of the advocacy of Community Arts Team member Andrew Black, a CICF program officer. Congratulations to these six top responding schools for mini-grants of $500 each for arts-related activities of their choosing.

Cold Spring School
Paul I. Miller School 114
Meredith Nicholson School 96
Center for Inquiry School 84
Floro Torrence School 83
George Washington Carver Montessori School 87

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

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Report Card 12/4/15: A Vision Defined

Today’s meeting was fast and furious! We began by adopting a vision statement: “The Community Arts Team is committed to ensuring ongoing comprehensive and quality arts education for all K-8 students in the Indianapolis Public Schools. We will unite schools with the diverse cultural richness of our community to engage and inspire students to create, perform, and respond to all art forms leading to lifelong creative engagement.”  This statement (two months in development) is designed to guide the analysis and decision-making as we move forward.

Additionally, the group was presented with the data from November’s survey of arts organizations about their arts education engagement with Indianapolis Public Schools. There were 53 organizations who participated in the survey, with budgets ranging from $65,000 to $28 million. Of that total, 100% of the 45 organizations funded by the Arts Council of Indianapolis participated in the survey. This is all preliminary data, and two highlights included the fact that every IPS school has “some” level of engagement with an arts organization. Additionally, there is a huge disparity in the range of engagement. The next step is to survey the schools, and in January we will begin merging the results of all the surveys. It’s all very exciting, but there are only four meetings left and so much more to do!  

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

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Report Card 10/9/15: Inspirational Community Arts Team Meeting

The first meeting of the Any Given Child Indy Community Arts Team, led by the Kennedy Center, was dizzying, exciting, and inspiring. There is a great deal of data-driven work ahead, and we have the right people on this team to dream big in order to make big things happen for the children of Indianapolis Public Schools. Today, we broke up into three survey development groups: (1) School Arts Mapping group; (2) School Personnel Survey group; and (3) Arts Organization/Artist Surveys group. We also defined the Working Group – the six individuals who will do most of the implementation work between the monthly meetings of the Community Arts Team. The six Working Group members are: Andrew Black, CICF; Ernest Disney-Britton, Arts Council of Indianapolis; Rilyn Gibson, Statistician; Kristin Hines, Office of the Mayor; Dr. Wanda LeGrand, Indianapolis Public Schools; and Gayle Thomas Strong, WFYI. The next step is to fine-tune the surveys developed today; and then to launch the survey process at the end of November.  

The homework assignment for the entire Community Arts Team was to read: Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work and we will reassemble in November.  
 
Ernest Disney-Britton, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Director of Grant Services & Arts Education

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