Voices for Any Given Child Indy: “THIS I BELIEVE!”

Acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow hosted the 1950s CBS Radio program This I Believe. It featured compelling essays from noted individuals such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and ordinary folks from all walks of life…like you and me.

When NPR revived This I Believe in 2004, I was an avid listener. This I Believe, Inc. engaged youth and adults in writing and sharing brief essays about their core values. This I Believe essays became part of educational curricula internationally with guidance and resources available from thisiblieve.org. Collections of essays remain available through publications and podcasts.

You probably guess where I am going with my brief summation of this powerful initiative. I believe in the power of the arts through arts education. 

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: Challenging Times and Arts Education

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Brenda Johnston, Any Given Child Indy Creative Engagement Committee Member and Arts Administration Professor at Butler University

Our world faces many challenges today—more than any other time in history. Many of us grapple with these challenges. How can we address them?

What are the answers that will help us overcome them?

These challenges, from climate change to food security, homelessness to cross-cultural relations and everything in between, need new, unique, and yet-to-be-imagined answers.

How do we begin to discover and determine these answers?

My answers to that question are arts education and arts integrated education.

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: The Arts Give Students a Voice

Shannon Lauffer Any Given Child Indy Creative Engagement Committee Member Art Teacher, William McKinkley School 39

Shannon Lauffer
Any Given Child Indy Creative Engagement Committee Member and Art Teacher, William McKinkley School 39

Any Given Child Indy will give my students a voice. Art sparks a light in children, and allows them to celebrate their individuality while they embrace differences. This unites us in a common language. Art lets students take risks, come to different answers to the same problem, embrace innovation, and view the world through the eyes of others. Our children will build, create, express, and connect skills that will enhance their future both personally and professionally. Any Given Child Indy will bring this opportunity to our students through a united and diverse endeavor of the arts.

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: Why It’s Important to Support Any Given Teacher Through Any Given Child Indy

Donna Rund Arts Education Manager, Butler Arts Center Any Given Child Indy Professional Development Committee Member

Donna Rund
Arts Education Manager, Butler Arts Center
Any Given Child Indy Professional Development Committee Member

Just as any student in the classroom will thrive and succeed when the environment for learning is safe and supported, any teacher who works with students will also thrive and succeed in the “art of teaching” when the environment is safe and supported. Teachers hone their craft to educate students through supportive, thoughtful, and engaging professional development. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (The Kennedy Center) has this belief and has been committed to creating and sharing high-quality resources and professional development opportunities to teachers for over 25 years. Two of The Kennedy Center’s National Partnerships programs–Partners in Education and Any Given Child–support arts education practice through professional learning, technical support, and resources for its national networks.

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Voices for Any Given Child Indy: Paying It Forward

Greg Wallis CFO, Harrison College Co-Chair, Any Given Child Indy Budget & Resources Committee

Greg Wallis
CFO, Harrison College
Co-Chair, Any Given Child Indy Budget & Resources Committee

Do you remember those teachers who made the most significant impact on your life?

While every teacher I had helped me on my journey to become an educated person, there are two teachers who inspired me to work harder and to learn more about the world around me. The first teacher in my story is Mr. Reinhardt.

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