REPORT CARD: 4/14/17 Steering Committee Meeting

In September, during National Arts in Education Week, Any Given Child Indy will announce the pilot schools and their partner arts organizations for the 2017-2018 school year. That was the decision made at the April meeting of the Steering Committee leading up to a May meeting with principals. It’s an exciting time. What does an Any Given Child Indy partnership look like? As you know, the focus is on reducing the gaps in arts instruction in K-8 schools and this is being accomplished by leveraging local resources. In the pilot schools, local arts organizations will help fill the gaps that IPS has not filled in the areas of theatre and dance instruction. In addition, other resources and partnerships will be announced during National Arts in Education Week that will help expand direct arts instruction for students in other areas; build the capacity of the district to strengthen school-based arts instruction across all schools; and new systems to improve coordination of partnerships including field trips and other co-curricular programs for K-8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools, as well as the Mayor’s Charter Schools.

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

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Teacher Feature: Edison School of the Arts School 47 Music Teacher, Amber Price

Amber Price, General Music Teacher at Edison School of the Arts School 47 was selected to attend the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in June 2017 on behalf of Any Given Child Indy. Ms. Price will be attending the conference from June 26 – 28 in Arlington, Virginia.

When asked about what she is most looking forward to, Ms. Price said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to attend the arts integration conference in June.  I truly believe in arts integration for children, and this will be a wonderful example of how to incorporate the arts and learning.  I am thrilled I will get to experience many examples of arts integration by expert teachers, and will enjoy bringing these ideas back and sharing them with other teachers at my school.” 

About Ms. Price

Ms. Price is the elementary general music teacher at the Edison School of the Arts, where she teaches kindergarten through 5th grade music classes. On top of teaching elementary music classes, she also helps with the middle school instrumental music program and teaches kindergarten creative movement classes.

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REPORT CARD: 3/15/17 – Wrapping Up the 2016-2017 School Year

Professional Development Committee Co-Chair, David Newman (Indianapolis Public Schools) shares the committee’s plan to implement Professional Development for arts specialists and arts integration in the pilot schools.

In March, we hosted a hugely successful Year II wrap-up meeting of arts organizations, teaching artists, and IPS educators at Arts for Learning. This gathering featured year-end presentations by initiative leaders who have worked this year in addressing gaps in arts education. Brenda Johnston, Butler University (Goal 1), secured approval of the external communications toolkit; and a plan for parent engagement; Andrew Black, Central Indiana Community Foundation (Goal 2), presented the baseline criteria for programs and the three tiers of arts organization engagement; David Newman, Indianapolis Public Schools (Goal 3), reported on the scheduling professional development for IPS arts specialists for fall/winter 2017/2018 including teaching artists from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and Greg Wallis, Harrison College (Goal 4), advanced the draft job description for a school arts liaison and proposed a plan for web portal selection process. The March meeting concluded the subcommittee work of the Professional Development Committee, Evaluation & Assessment Committee, and Budget & Resources Committee. Only the Creative Engagement Committee has plans to continue meeting this spring/summer as they prepare to celebrate National Arts in Education Week in September.

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Teacher Feature: Eliza Blaker School 55 Visual Art Teacher, Heather Boelke

Heather Boelke
Art Teacher (PK-6)
Eliza Blaker School 55

Heather Boelke, Art Teacher at Eliza Blaker School 55 was selected to attend the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in June 2017 on behalf of Any Given Child Indy. Mrs. Boelke will be attending the conference from June 26 – 28 in Arlington, Virginia.

When asked why she is excited for the opportunity to attend the Arts Integration Conference, Mrs. Boelke said, “The arts are an asset for engaging students in curriculum and encouraging success.  I am incredibly thankful that our community recognizes the intrinsic value of the arts in education! The Kennedy Center’s Arts Integration Conference is an incredible opportunity to learn new tools and techniques, which will assist our making gains in student achievement.”

About Mrs. Boelke

Heather (O’Cull) Boelke was born and raised in Westfield, Indiana.  As the daughter of engineer and entrepreneur Larry O’Cull and master seamstress Anna O’Cull, she developed a passion for creating at a very young age and remained heavily invested in visual and performing arts throughout her youth. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2012, with a BS in Visual Art Education and a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. With an innovative mindset and broad exposure to STEAM, her unique perspective stood out amongst her collegiate peers.

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REFLECTION: Any Given Child Exchange in Washington, D.C.

Ernest Disney-Britton, Site Coordinator for the Any Given Child Indy program recently attended the Any Given Child Exchange from January 31 – February 1 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where he and two other Any Given Child Indy colleagues met with representatives from other Any Given Child sites. Below, Ernest reflects on the Exchange and talks about next steps for Any Given Child Indy.

“Right now Indianapolis is a shining example of how to keep the community at the heart of arts education change. That was my core takeaway from February’s national meeting of Any Given Child at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where 23 cities gathered including Fresno, CA, Houston, TX, and Jacksonville, Florida. In only six months since we began the five-year implementation phase in September, look at all we have already accomplished:

  1. Raised over $8,000 for arts organizations to work in local schools;
  2. Trained 150 teachers and arts administrations in arts integration;
  3. Identified eight pilot schools;
  4. Completed a national study to create an online portal for arts education resources;
  5. Received 202,389 claps from voices of support on Facebook during National Arts in Education Week.

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