#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Kickoff Celebration

Kickoff Celebration

As part of the Indianapolis community’s celebration of National Arts in Education Week (September 11 – 17), the Arts Council of Indianapolis and its Any Given Child Indy initiative, a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office, will officially kick off the week at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on September 12.

This event will give members of the public an opportunity to celebrate Mayor Joe Hogsett’s proclamation of September 11 – 17 as “Indianapolis Arts in Education Week” with performances by students from Young Actors Theatre and Asante Children’s Theatre. During this event, attendees will learn about the Week of Giving and how they can support the efforts of 26 local arts organizations that are working within Indianapolis Public Schools. The Arts Council will also unveil the Any Given Child Indy 2016 – 2017 Action Plan, which includes goals and strategies that will increase access to arts education for IPS Students.

NAEW Indianapolis Celebration WordmarkNATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 11 – 17
This kickoff celebration is just one of the many activities that have been planned to celebrate National Arts in Education Week in Indianapolis from September 11 – 17, 2016. Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. Learn about Indianapolis’ weeklong celebration here.


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#ArtsEdWeekIndy: Schedule of Events

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Sunday, September 11

Week of Giving Day 1

Monday, September 12
Week of Giving Day 2

Tuesday, September 13
Week of Giving Day 3

  • 3:30 pm, Professional Indy Arts Educators Network Meeting at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 
    RSVP required

Wednesday, September 14 
Week of Giving Day 4

Thursday, September 15
Week of Giving Day 5

  • Any Given Child Indy Committee Meetings, RSVP required
      – 8:30 am, Budget & Resources Committee at Harrison College
      – 10 am, Professional Development Committee at Arts for Learning
      – 12 pm, Evaluation & Assessment Committee at English Foundation Building
      – 2:30 pm, Creative Engagement Committee at WFYI

Friday, September 16
Week of Giving Day 6

Saturday, September 17
Week of Giving Day 7

Interested in attending one of these events?
For more information contact anygivenchildindy@indyarts.org.


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Arts in Education Week of Giving is September 11-17

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. This year, Any Given Child Indy will celebrate National Arts in Education Week from September 11-17, 2016 along with the rest of the country. Arts organizations that have been funded through the Arts Council of Indianapolis’s Annual Grants Program within the past three years will be eligible to participate in an online Week of Giving administered by Any Given Child Indy.

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EVENT RECAP: Connect the Dots on May 16 at Sun King Brewery


On May 16, 50 local supporters of arts education joined the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Public Schools, and WFYI at Sun King Brewery to discuss the importance of arts education, to learn more about Any Given Child Indy, and to participate in arts activities while enjoying Sun King’s craft beer. The event was part of the Think & Drink series, a partnership between WFYI and Sun King Brewery.

IMG_5220Event attendees were very engaged and eager to talk about their ideas to address the top 3 barriers to arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools: funding, instructional time, and transportation. Attendees were also given the opportunity to share these ideas with members of the Any Given Child Indy Community Arts Team and make connections with fellow arts education supporters in Indianapolis.

In addition, those in attendance enjoyed participating in a variety of arts activities including connect the dots puzzles, coloring on craft paper, and reminiscing about their favorite childhood arts experiences. Some memories included taking a dance class with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, making jewelry in 4th grade, learning to make origami for a 6th grade book project, and playing an instrument in high school marching band.

Didn’t get to attend but wish you had? Be on the lookout for upcoming Any Given Child Indy events and ways in which you can become more involved in bringing equity to arts education, K-8, in Indianapolis Public Schools. Stay updated through this website and our Any Given Child Indy monthly e-newsletters.

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