RECAP: 2016 Mistletoe Music Festival Student Performances at the Indianapolis Artsgarden

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This past December, the Arts Council of Indianapolis recently celebrated the 15th annual Mistletoe Music Festival in the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

Each year, Indiana schools are invited to bring students to share their musical talents with the city. In 2016, 63 schools participated in the festival, including 7 from Indianapolis Public Schools, the school partner of Any Given Child Indy. There were 2,736 students involved in the 67 performances.

 

 

To receive information about participating in the 2017 Mistletoe Music Festival, contact Erin Vollmer, Indianapolis Artsgarden Coordinator, at evollmer@indyarts.org.

 

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REPORT CARD: 11/11/16 STEERING COMMITTEE: Adopting a Vision Framework

Last month, the Steering Committee adopted a Vision Framework for Any Given Child Indy. This framework is a management matrix describing cross-functional describing cross-functional activities, cross-project programs and other ways the Any Given Child Indy initiative is working to address inequities in arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools. The Vision Framework makes it clear that the #1 priority for Any Given Child Indy is to fill the current gaps in arts-as-curriculum (e.g., 20% of IPS K-8 students have access to dance instruction). The framework also clarifies that:

  • Co-curricular activities such as field trips act as key enhancements to arts-as-curriculum; and
  • While arts integration training will be offered to all K-8 teachers, Any Given Child Indy will identify only two schools to pilot a full arts integration model.

Other key decisions at this meeting included:

  • To adjust the district-wide evaluation from one year to every three years; and
  • To distribute a monthly status update to all committee co-chairs in order to provide updates to their committee members.

In attendance at last month’s committee meeting were Dr. Wanda Legrand, Deputy Superintendent for Academics for Indianapolis Public Schools; JoEllen Rossebo, President & CEO, Arts for Learning; Greg Wallis, Chief Financial Officer, Harrison College; Dr. Yvonne Stokes, Academic Improvement Officer, Indianapolis Public Schools; Gail Strong, VP of Community Engagement, WFYI; Jason Kelly, Director, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute; Rilyn Gipson; and Arts Council education partnerships staff.

In December, the working committees will address issues such as parent engagement and will continue discussions about how to best keep committee members informed about the progress of this initiative. As staff for the initiative, the Arts Council will work to ensure that these monthly blog posts share the most significant updates, but I also invite anyone with additional questions to phone me at (317) 631-3301 to talk more. 

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

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IPS Student Performances during Mistletoe Music Festival

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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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