IPS Student Performances during Mistletoe Music Festival


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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REPORT CARD: 10/14/16 STEERING COMMITTEE: Announces Professional Development Opportunity

Last school year, a group of 30 leaders came together each month to collect and analyze the data that is guiding Any Given Child Indy. They were called the Community Arts Team.

The new phase of the program is to design the programs and to build budgets for those programs with 30 new volunteers who have joined the initiative including parents, teachers, and business people. There are four committees, led by previous members of the Community Arts Team (except for one new person), and those co-chairs had their first meeting together in October. These groups are already moving fast!

  1. The Budget & Resources Committee, chaired by Greg Wallis, Harrison College, and Dr. Yvonne Stokes, Indianapolis Public Schools, has identified over a dozen potential funding sources.
  2. The Evaluation & Assessment Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Jason Kelly, IUPUI, and Andrew Black, Central Indiana Community Foundation, is wrestling with the work of prioritizing gaps and defining tiers of engagement.
  3. The Creative Engagement Committee, co-chaired by Michael Grady, WRTV-6, and Gail Thomas-Strong, WFYI, selected parents as their key audience for community discussions on arts education.
  4. Additionally, the Professional Development Committee, co-chaired by David Newman, Indianapolis Public Schools, and JoEllen Florio Rossebo, Arts for Learning, has selected their first Arts Integration trainer for January 2017.

Lastly, Dr. Wanda Legrand, IPS Deputy Superintendent for Academic Improvement, and Ernest Disney-Britton, Arts Council of Indianapolis, presented an update to the Indianapolis Public School Board on October 27 that was broadcast on WFYI. It is an exciting time to be engaged in arts education!    

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

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: 2016 RECAP

Thank you to those of you who participated in one or more of the events and activities during National Arts in Education Week last week, September 11 – 17, 2016! It was a very successful week, and we would like to share the following highlights with you:

Last week, 26 local arts organizations participated in a Week of Giving to raise funds for arts education programming in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. Next week, we will share the tally of the total amount raised through the Week of Giving to bring high-quality arts programming to the students of IPS. If you were unable to make a donation last week, we encourage you to still make a donation to one or more of the participating organizations. Click here to learn more.

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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: 9/12 Kickoff Celebration Recap


Thank you to those who were able to join us for the National Arts in Education Week Kickoff Celebration at the Indianapolis Artsgarden this afternoon! There were more than 60 people celebrating the kick off of National Arts in Education Week. Those in attendance had the opportunity to witness:

If you were unable to attend the Kickoff Celebration to pick up your copy of the 2016-2017 Community Report, you may download a copy here. The report includes information about the 2015 Data Collection as well as next steps for the 2016-2017 school year and beyond!

We hope you will join us this week as we continue our celebration of National Arts in Education Week in Indianapolis! The full schedule of activities and list of 26 arts organizations participating in the Week of Giving for arts programming can be found here.

A Message from Mayor Joe Hogsett – Celebrate National Arts in Education Week! from Arts Council of Indianapolis on Vimeo.



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