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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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RECAP: Arts Integration Conference at the Kennedy Center, June 27-29

By Robin Houdek, arts educator

At the end of June, I attended The Kennedy Center’s Arts Integration Conference, Exploring an Approach to Teaching. It was by far one of the most inspiring and informative conferences I have ever attended. Before going, I didn’t know what to expect. What exactly is arts integration and how is different from arts as curriculum? Would it be useful for me in my classroom practice or was the purpose for me to bring back most of what I learned to share with colleagues?  

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Help bring equity to arts education!

join usDo you know anyone who might be interested in getting involved with the implementation of Any Given Child Indy in Indianapolis Public Schools?

We have already received responses from a number of people who expressed their interest in a committee, but several opportunities are still available!

We are looking for people with talents and expertise in a variety of areas, and all committee members should have a passion for bringing equity to arts education.

We have openings for participation in the following four committees:

  • Creative Engagement Committee, coordinates community engagement both online and face-to-face
  • Professional Development Committee, coordinates training for artists, arts organizations, and IPS teachers
  • Budget & Resources Committee, coordinates development of program budget and new funding
  • Evaluation & Assessment Committee, coordinates ongoing measurement of impact of programs and activities

If you would like to serve on one of the above committees, please email Taylor Fengya at with your name, organization, title, and committee of interest. Each committee will conduct their first meeting during National Arts in Education Week, September 11-17, 2016.

Please also share this opportunity with friends, family, and colleagues who would bring both passion and talent to the Any Given Child Indy team!

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