Fifth Annual IPS Fine Arts Fair

On Monday, October 16, the 5th annual Indianapolis Public Schools Fine Arts Fair will take place at Arlington High School. This free event, open to the public, is held each year to give teachers the opportunity to interact with representatives from local arts organizations and learn about the great arts programming Indianapolis has to offer. This year, the hour-long event will begin at 3pm and feature over 20 arts organizations, including Art With a Heart, Any Given Child Indy, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Indiana State Museum, to name a few. For more information about the fair, contact David Newman (

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2017 #ArtsEdWeek Recap

Last week, the Indianapolis community celebrated National Arts in Education Week with numerous different events across the city. From a convening of professional arts educators at Edison School of the Arts and a meeting of the Any Given Child Indy Governing Council, to workshops at Clowes Memorial Hall and a jazz performance at IUPUI, community members celebrated the power of arts education in different ways throughout the week. Schools around the city celebrated the arts in education through arts enhanced and integrated lessons, and Any Given Child Indy released its 2017 Community Report. An inspiring event at the Indianapolis Art Center Thursday evening also featured seven short talks from community members highlighting the positive impacts of the arts, and Arts for Learning also hosted a professional development workshop for teaching artists. Needless to say, National Arts in Education Week 2017 was a success! 

Photo courtesy of James Whitcomb Riley School, one of the nine Any Given Child Indy pilot schools.

Photo courtesy of Edison School of the Arts, one of the nine Any Given Child Indy pilot schools.

Ploi Pagdalian challenges audience members to “Keep the arts weird” at JAMS: Perspectives in Arts Education at the Indianapolis Art Center.

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Drink Tea and Support Arts Education

An Indianapolis tea shop has created a custom blend, loose-leaf tea to help support arts education. HoiTea ToiTea, located in Broad Ripple Village, offers tea blending classes, a cafe, and unique loose-leaf teas. The local business sells Nelson’s Teas, including our custom Any Given Child Indy blend: PB & Jams. A portion of each sale of this peanut-butter-and-jelly-flavored tea will directly support arts education in Indianapolis elementary schools through Any Given Child Indy. Click here to purchase your tea today to support arts education!

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Indy Arts Educators Meet During #ArtsEdWeek


Arts in Education Week decorations at Edison School of the Arts.

Principal Nathan Tuttle gives local arts educators a tour of Edison School of the Arts.









The Indy Arts Educator Network, a group of local arts educators, met during National Arts in Education Week to share updates about their arts organizations’ education efforts. Representatives from Arts for Learning, Butler Arts Center, Indiana Historical Society, Nickel Plate Arts, Paige’s Music, Indianapolis Public Schools, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis were all in attendance. The meeting took place at Edison School of the Arts, one of the nine Any Given Child Indy schools. After a presentation about Edison School of the Arts by principal Nathan Tuttle and updates from each arts educator, the group went on a guided tour of the school. The tour featured the school’s professional dance room and black box theatre; vast visual arts, instrumental music, and vocal music rooms; and even the school’s chickens and learning farm. Seeing the work of the magnet arts school first-hand was a great experience for arts educators during National Arts in Education Week!

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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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