Dr. Legrand Helps Lead Any Given Child, D.C.

Back in August, Dr. Wanda Legrand left Indianapolis for Washington, DC. Legrand served as the IPS Deputy Superintendent of Academics, as well as a Steering Committee member for Any Given Child Indy. She now serves as the Deputy Chancellor of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development for D.C. Public Schools, where she oversees and builds connections for the Office of Teaching and Learning, Office of Family and Public Engagement, Equity Office, Office of Elementary Schools, and Office of Secondary Schools. At the end of September, it was announced that Washington, DC, would be the 25th Any Given Child city. We know that Dr. Legrand’s love of the arts will help D.C.’s Any Given Child initiative succeed, just as it helped Any Given Child Indy!

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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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2017 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award Winners Announced

In honor of the upcoming National Arts in Education Week, two outstanding educators were honored with the Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI. The awards were presented at the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ 2017 Start With Art Luncheon on September 1. The 2017 Arts Education ARTI Award winners are Jeremy Mallov and Margarita Garcia, elementary school art teachers in Lawrence Township. 

Jeremy Mallov, Amy Beverland Elementary

Jeremy Mallov accepts his ARTI Award at Start With Art 2017.

Jeremy Mallov is an elementary school art educator who utilizes his gifts as both a talented artist and highly effective teacher to make a positive impact on children. He facilitates learning through a detailed and structured art curriculum encompassing creativity, art appreciation, and art history and he creates cross-curricular learning opportunities by collaborating with classroom teachers. Beyond the typical drawing, molding clay, painting, and other art activities, Jeremy encourages students to use non-traditional materials and even junk to create unique art sculptures that decorate the hallways of the school. In the nomination, his principal said, “He is more than an arts educator. He is a valuable member of the culture and climate at Amy Beverland Elementary. He is a creative artist, an empowering educator, and a role model in our learning community.”

Margarita Garcia, Forest Glen Elementary School

Margarita Garcia accepts her ARTI Award at Start With Art 2017.

Margarita Garcia has been an elementary school art teacher at Forest Glen Elementary School for two years. In that short time, she has managed to transform the look of the school through displays of student artwork, making the environment much more child-centered and inviting. She is an advocate for her students and works each and every day to ensure the best success for each of them. She meets students outside of class, runs clubs afterschool, teaches art to staff, spends time educating parents, and much more. The principal of Forest Glen said, “Her positive outlook on life along with her ability to find ways to work harmoniously with administrators and teachers make her an asset to Forest Glen. I can’t really find words to describe her abilities, creativity, and dedication to teaching art to children. She is an exemplar of integrity, service, and leadership and an inspiration to all students.”

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Local Nonprofit Lead by Students Donates to Any Given Child Indy

Meg and Kate Dimmett present a check to IPS School 70.

Notable Measures, a local nonprofit that works to raise funds and awareness to support youth music education, donated $300 to Any Given Child Indy this month. Kate and Meg Dimmett started the organization at the beginning of the year, when they were 13 and 10 years old, respectively. Their organization recently gained nonprofit status in April. Kate says, “The idea began around the holidays when our family was discussing ways we could focus on giving to others. We were in the process of looking for a new violin for me, and I saw how expensive it was to purchase a quality instrument. Combined with the cost of lessons and participation in orchestra programs, music camps, etc., I realized that not all kids would be able to pursue music at an early age because it can be very expensive. We thought about ways that we could raise funds for kids to have more opportunities to participate in music programs and provide performance experiences for youth musicians as well. Notable Measures has been a way to do both.”

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REPORT CARD: 5/12/17 Steering Committee Meeting

With our eyes on filling the gaps in arts instruction (K-8), Any Given Child Indy completed the design of a pilot for 2017-2018. The pilot schools will be publicly announced in September during National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 10-16, 2017), but the participants come from all three systems within the Indianapolis Public Schools: Traditional, Innovation, and Charter. Filling the gaps in arts instruction for dance and theatre is the priority for Any Given Child Indy, but also tackling the issue of access to information for both teachers as well as arts organizations.

We believe we’ve come up with dynamic ways to tackle the barriers locally, including some that are unique to Indianapolis and others that are nationwide. Thanks to the collaborative work of local arts organizations, we’ll soon announce new ways to address the teacher desires for increased Professional Development. Thanks to the encouragement of arts organizations like the Indianapolis Museum of Art and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, we will pursue exciting new ways to improve access for families and teachers. I am particularly excited about the focus on arts activities planned during National Arts in Education Week that will spotlight the pilot program, but also highlight the amazing arts education work being accomplished throughout central Indiana. If you are interested in working on National Arts in Education Week, this is the year to do it. Please contact Leesa Jing at ljing@indyarts.org to sign-up.

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

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