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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October is National Arts & Humanities Month!

Did you know that October is National Arts & Humanities Month? Organizations from all over the country are organizing programs and initiatives to collectively recognize the importance of arts and culture in America.

To celebrate, we have created a fun and interactive Arts Education Trivia Quiz. Are you eager to test your knowledge of what you learned in your K-8 arts classes? Take the quiz below to see what you know!

What else is Any Given Child Indy doing throughout the month of October?

The Any Given Child Indy Implementation Team, comprised of Creative Engagement, Professional Development, Evaluation & Assessment, and Budget & Resources committees, are hard at work ensuring the 2016-2017 Action Plan becomes a reality for all K-8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools. To learn more about Any Given Child Indy’s goals and action steps to ensure arts access in IPS, take a look at the 2016-2017 Community Report.


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Check out the Media Room!

Take a look at our new Media Room on our website! 

On this page, you will find Any Given Child Indy in the news. From the announcement of Indianapolis as a Partner City for the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program, to the video of Mayor Hogsett and Kids Dance Outreach proclaiming the second week of September as “Indianapolis Arts in Education Week,” we will be providing you with the latest Any Given Child Indy articles, videos, audio segments, and more. Check back periodically for updates!

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2016-2017 Community Report

agc-report-booklet-1The Any Given Child Indy 2016-2017 Community Report was officially released and presented to the public during National Arts in Education Week on Monday, September 12, 2016. The report includes information about the 2015 data collection process, including key results from the surveys sent to IPS personnel and arts organizations, as well as next steps for the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

Download your copy of the report today so you don’t miss a beat!

In addition, we have created a quiz so that you can test your knowledge of the 2015 survey results from the Community Report. Take the quiz below to see what you know! 


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2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award Winners Announced

2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award Winners Announced

At the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ annual Start with Art luncheon on Friday, September 2, two local arts educators were awarded the 2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award. The winners are…


Mary Jo Bayliss
The Arts Council of Indianapolis awarded the first 2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award to Mary Jo Bayliss. A champion for K-12 arts education and a teacher at Christel House Academy South, Mary Jo Bayliss is a teacher whose unwavering dedication and passion for the arts has inspired students to take risks, to expand boundaries, and set lofty but achievable goals. An accomplished and practicing artist herself, her influence on her students’ lives has been transformative. 



Betty Perry
Because of her unwavering dedication to ensuring all students have access to music education, the Arts Council of Indianapolis awarded a second 2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award to Betty Perry during this year’s Start with Art. In 1995, she founded the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a youth and family development program that aligns musical and social goals to engage at-risk youth and set them on a course for future success. MYO, now a program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, serves 220 students and families in the most challenged Indianapolis neighborhoods through music education, mentoring, and support services. Since 2008, an extraordinary 100% of its high school seniors have graduated from high school and transitioned to post-secondary education!

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