Indiana Arts Education Network June Update

On Tuesday, June 27, over 30 members of the Indiana Arts Education Network convened at Ball State University during Music for All’s Summer Symposium. The Indiana Arts Education Network is a broad cross-section of Indiana organizations, teachers, and leaders who are committed to working to insure that every Indiana student has reliable access to a well-rounded education that includes music and  the arts. Ernest and I attended the meeting to learn more about the arts education advocacy efforts that are taking place outside of Any Given Child Indy. To learn more about the purpose of the Indiana Arts Education Network click here.

Joshua Simonds, Executive Director of the Percussive Arts Society, gives an update about his most recent advocacy efforts.

The network has been busy discussing the long-term vision for music and arts education as mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and working to meet with policymakers on both local and national levels. Network members gave updates about ESSA and recent meetings with Patrick McAlister (Indiana Department of Education) and PJ McGrew (Indiana State Board of Education), during which they discussed the importance of a well-rounded education including the arts. Discussions during the meeting also focused around advocacy and continuing the network’s strategic plan, with next steps being for members to connect with local and national key influencers and report back at the Network’s next meeting in August.

Jauvon Gilliam presenting his lecture for educators titled “The Importance of You: How Four Years in Your Class Can Influence a Lifetime”.

Following the meeting, members were invited to sit in on various different sessions being held at Music for All’s Summer Symposium, a summer camp with over 1,700 attendees including high school students, teachers, and band/orchestra directors. Ernest and I were lucky enough to catch the end of a lecture for educators titled “The Importance of You: How Four Years in Your Class Can Influence a Lifetime” by Jauvon Gilliam, National Symphony Orchestra Timpanist (and Indiana native).

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Two IPS Teachers Selected to Attend Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in June 2017

IPS teachers participate in Arts Integration Workshop in January 2017 led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, Stuart Stotts

In early February, two teachers from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) were selected to attend the upcoming Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference from June 26 – 28, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. This is the second year that Any Given Child Indy will send two IPS teachers to a conference at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Rooted in the Kennedy Center’s 30 years of experience in professional learning for teachers, the conference will unpack the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration and will provide many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to teaching. Click here to read the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration.

The selected teachers are Amber Price, teacher at Edison School of the Arts School 47, and Heather Boelke, teacher at Eliza Blaker School 55. Both Ms. Price and Ms. Boelke attended the Arts Integration Professional Development workshop provided by Kennedy Center teaching artist Stuart Stotts in January 2017, and are thrilled to continue their arts integration training at the Kennedy Center conference in June.

Stayed tuned to the website to learn more about Ms. Price and Ms. Boelke, and to hear what they most look forward to learning at the June conference.

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Workshop Reflection from Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, Stuart Stotts

Arts Integration is a key concept for communities involved in the Any Given Child initiative. It is a way to meaningfully link the arts and curriculum, strengthening learning in both areas. In an arts integrated approach, students create art that demonstrates what they know through creative expression. They also receive specific training in the art form. Teachers learn, too, as they provide ongoing arts integrated instruction. 

I recently came to Indianapolis to lead three workshops to train teachers, arts administrators and teaching artists on the core ideas involved. All three groups participated enthusiastically in a model lesson followed by an exploration of the implications of arts integration for creativity, higher order thinking, and collaborative learning. I was delighted by the level of interest in this approach, and I hope that the workshops will provide a solid foundation for moving forward for students, teachers, and the community at-large.

About the Author
Stuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller, and author from Madison, Wisconsin. He has worked as a full-time performer since 1986 and gives more than 200 shows a year for kids, families, and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. Mr. Stotts is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for teachers, parents, and librarians. He has worked extensively as an artist-in-residence in elementary, middle, and high schools. He has also released several award-winning recordings and is the author of The Bookcase Ghost: A Collection of Wisconsin Ghost StoriesBooks in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of WisconsinCurly Lambeau and the Green Packers, and most recently We Shall Overcome: A Song that Changed the World.

 

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IPS Student Performances during Mistletoe Music Festival

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Celebrate the holiday season with local school choirs, bands, and orchestras at Mistletoe Music Festival at the Indianapolis Artsgarden!

The Indianapolis Artsgarden kicks off the holiday season with its Mistletoe Music Festival. An annual holiday tradition, the Mistletoe Music Festival showcases the talent of local school choirs, bands, and orchestras. Owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Artsgarden has been transformed into a winter wonderland and is the perfect venue to feature 61 schools in 71 performances. The Mistletoe Music Festival will deck the Artsgarden now through December 15. 

This year, 7 IPS schools will perform as a part of this annual holiday celebration including Edison School of the Arts #47, John Marshall High School, Broad Ripple Magnet High School, Arsenal Technical High School, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, and Center for Inquiry Schools #27 and #84. Click here to see the full schedule of performances during Mistletoe Music Festival.

“Having hundreds of student performers in the Artsgarden for Mistletoe Music Festival is always a highlight of the year for us. We love to support arts education programs in our schools, and we are pleased to provide a performance venue that supports their mission and highlights the work of our arts educators,” said Indianapolis Artsgarden Director Mike Prusa. 

 

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IPS Showcase of Schools–Saturday, November 19

sos_socialrun2_instagramJoin our Any Given Child Indy school district partner at the 3rd Annual IPS Showcase of Schools on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Indiana State Museum! Discover why IPS is the preferred educational choice for thousands of families throughout Indianapolis!

This one-stop, exciting informational event features representation from 60-plus IPS schools, highlights exciting and rigorous academic programs, and includes performances by talented IPS students.

This event includes free admission to both the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, free student flu shots, and access to an informative teen summit and digital safety panel. In addition, the event serves as the kickoff to the 2017-2018 application window for IPS’ coveted choice (magnet) school programs. For more information, visit http://www.myips.org/showcase2016.

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