Arts in Education Week of Giving is September 11-17

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. This year, Any Given Child Indy will celebrate National Arts in Education Week from September 11-17, 2016 along with the rest of the country. Arts organizations that have been funded through the Arts Council of Indianapolis’s Annual Grants Program within the past three years will be eligible to participate in an online Week of Giving administered by Any Given Child Indy.

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Report Card 5/20/2016: CAT Team Adopts 2016-2017 Action Plan

Today, we celebrated the 23,000 K-8 students in Indianapolis Public Schools!

CATBeginning with a welcome by Jay Geshay, Sr. Vice President of the United Way of Central Indiana, we adopted both an Action Plan for 2016-2017 and a new committee structure designed to produce uncommon results. Today was the final meeting of a year-long strategic planning process that began last September. Using the Kennedy Center’s “collective impact” process, we brought together community groups from five sectors to address the complex challenge of leveraging arts education to improve youth outcomes in Indianapolis. Everyone warned us that it was going to be a “slow and sometimes messy process,” but the benefit has been that we built trusting relationships among all participants, and now we have a common agenda, shared goals, and shared measurement.

Today I am excited to announce four new implementation committees:

  • Creative Engagement Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Budget & Resources Committee
  • Evaluation & Assessment Committee
With the Arts Council serving as backbone, we are now ready to begin a five-year implementation effort. Are you ready to sign up to work on one of the committees listed above? If so, please email Taylor Fengya, Grant Services & Arts Education Coordinator, at tfengya@indyarts.org.
 
Ernest Disney-Britton, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Director of Grant Services & Arts Education

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EVENT RECAP: Connect the Dots on May 16 at Sun King Brewery


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On May 16, 50 local supporters of arts education joined the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Public Schools, and WFYI at Sun King Brewery to discuss the importance of arts education, to learn more about Any Given Child Indy, and to participate in arts activities while enjoying Sun King’s craft beer. The event was part of the Think & Drink series, a partnership between WFYI and Sun King Brewery.

IMG_5220Event attendees were very engaged and eager to talk about their ideas to address the top 3 barriers to arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools: funding, instructional time, and transportation. Attendees were also given the opportunity to share these ideas with members of the Any Given Child Indy Community Arts Team and make connections with fellow arts education supporters in Indianapolis.

In addition, those in attendance enjoyed participating in a variety of arts activities including connect the dots puzzles, coloring on craft paper, and reminiscing about their favorite childhood arts experiences. Some memories included taking a dance class with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, making jewelry in 4th grade, learning to make origami for a 6th grade book project, and playing an instrument in high school marching band.

Didn’t get to attend but wish you had? Be on the lookout for upcoming Any Given Child Indy events and ways in which you can become more involved in bringing equity to arts education, K-8, in Indianapolis Public Schools. Stay updated through this website and our Any Given Child Indy monthly e-newsletters.

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Report Card 4/8/2016: Laying the Groundwork for an Action Plan and Action Strategies

I think we left today’s meeting of the Any Given Child Indy Community Arts Team both energized and exhausted! There has been such amazing progress, but there is also a mountain of work ahead.

ReportCardAfter an inspiring welcome from President & CEO of WFYI Public Media Lloyd Wright about the critical importance of arts education, we jumped right into adopting a set of four goals for the work of Any Given Child Indy. These four goals are the framework for an Action Plan that will guide all our work on behalf of students through the end of 2020. The formal goals will be released in detail later, but they focus on:

  • uniting schools and arts organizations;
  • eliminating district-wide gaps;
  • creating robust professional development; and,
  • measuring the impacts on students.

The second part of today’s meeting began the planning for Action Strategies for the coming year, and finally, we looked at what governance structure will be needed to make change happen. It was one of our most engaging of meetings, informed by six months of data collection and reflection that will now be leveraged to ensure access to the arts for every child in Indianapolis. Through it all, I was impressed with the depth and breadth of the passion and talent in the room that the Kennedy Center was channeling to improve student success through the arts. Next month, our plan is to adopt a new governance structure that will allow for many more voices to be at the implementation table. 

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

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