Students at several IPS schools lack access to the arts, including theatre programming. Asante Children’s Theatre (ACT) has developed a program to supplement IPS schools that were identified as lacking sufficient arts programming. ACT will select one site, possibly Louis B. Russell #48, to pilot a variation of their Prep4Life curriculum. This new initiative will be designed to stimulate reading, writing, and the creation of original work through the use of storytelling and spoken word.
Arts for Learning will encourage students of Center for Inquiry (CFI) School 27 to understand, value, and appreciate the rich diversity of cultures from across the globe by presenting a series of dance and music workshops during the National Arts in Education Week of Giving.
A total of 163 upper elementary CFI students, those in the fifth through eighth grades, will experience multifaceted, interactive workshops in a variety of art forms led by Arts for Learning’s professional teaching artists including: Japanese drumming group Fort Wayne Taiko; dancer, choreographer, and native of India, Usha Sirimalle; and Director and Choreographer of the Epiphany Dance Collective, Ronne Stone.
Urban Artisans (UA) develops vocational skills in young adults. Students with and without disabilities learn transferable, pre-vocational skills through making, marketing, and selling artwork in a professional studio. The primary goal of the program is to help young adults, ages 16-22, transition from school to the workplace. The UA program is held in the ArtMix adaptive studios and received the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award recognizing it as one of the nation’s best creative youth development programs.
For Art With a Heart’s afterschool programming at IPS School #96, they had over 45 students apply for 24 positions. At IPS School #107, Art With a Heart has been invited to add afterschool programming to support their in-school day programming with kindergarteners. Both schools struggle with funding and Art With a Heart’s goal is to raise $3,000 in total so that they can do multicultural programming in which students learn about artists and art techniques from around the globe.
Young Actors Theatre will invite IPS schools to join them for performances of their Court and Woods programs completely for free. The Court was originated and developed in 2009 by the executive staff of the Young Actors Theatre to meet the need for Indianapolis teenagers to engage in meaningful experiences with relevant social issues. The 2016 campaign will focus on drug abuse and the recent heroin epidemic in Indiana. The Woods, which is an audition-only intensive program, will re-imagine three classics: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden, all three of which will take place at the Indianapolis Central Library.