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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Two IPS Teachers Selected to Attend Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in June 2017

IPS teachers participate in Arts Integration Workshop in January 2017 led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, Stuart Stotts

In early February, two teachers from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) were selected to attend the upcoming Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference from June 26 – 28, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. This is the second year that Any Given Child Indy will send two IPS teachers to a conference at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Rooted in the Kennedy Center’s 30 years of experience in professional learning for teachers, the conference will unpack the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration and will provide many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to teaching. Click here to read the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration.

The selected teachers are Amber Price, teacher at Edison School of the Arts School 47, and Heather Boelke, teacher at Eliza Blaker School 55. Both Ms. Price and Ms. Boelke attended the Arts Integration Professional Development workshop provided by Kennedy Center teaching artist Stuart Stotts in January 2017, and are thrilled to continue their arts integration training at the Kennedy Center conference in June.

Stayed tuned to the website to learn more about Ms. Price and Ms. Boelke, and to hear what they most look forward to learning at the June conference.

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Workshop Reflection from Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, Stuart Stotts

Arts Integration is a key concept for communities involved in the Any Given Child initiative. It is a way to meaningfully link the arts and curriculum, strengthening learning in both areas. In an arts integrated approach, students create art that demonstrates what they know through creative expression. They also receive specific training in the art form. Teachers learn, too, as they provide ongoing arts integrated instruction. 

I recently came to Indianapolis to lead three workshops to train teachers, arts administrators and teaching artists on the core ideas involved. All three groups participated enthusiastically in a model lesson followed by an exploration of the implications of arts integration for creativity, higher order thinking, and collaborative learning. I was delighted by the level of interest in this approach, and I hope that the workshops will provide a solid foundation for moving forward for students, teachers, and the community at-large.

About the Author
Stuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller, and author from Madison, Wisconsin. He has worked as a full-time performer since 1986 and gives more than 200 shows a year for kids, families, and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. Mr. Stotts is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for teachers, parents, and librarians. He has worked extensively as an artist-in-residence in elementary, middle, and high schools. He has also released several award-winning recordings and is the author of The Bookcase Ghost: A Collection of Wisconsin Ghost StoriesBooks in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of WisconsinCurly Lambeau and the Green Packers, and most recently We Shall Overcome: A Song that Changed the World.

 

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REPORT CARD: 12/9/16 STEERING COMMITTEE: Building Momentum

Professional Development for teachers, teaching artists, and arts administrators is a priority need, as identified by IPS teachers, and this month we are bringing the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to Indianapolis to conduct training for over 150 such educators in Arts Integration.

The Kennedy Center definition for Arts Integration is: “An approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.”

During the last few months, the collective also identified eight schools for piloting general arts education partnerships next school year including two with a focus on Arts Integration. The momentum has been tremendous! The next steps are to:

  1. Finalize the program plan narrative
  2. Adopt the proposed evaluation protocols
  3. Establish a budget for implementation
  4. Develop funding strategies.

In February, these recommendations will be presented to the Governing Council for Any Given Child Indy,  co-chaired by IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee and Arts Council of Indianapolis President & CEO Dave Lawrence. 

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

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