The IRT’s Student Matinee Program exists to support four foundational objectives: to produce quality theatrical experiences for students that relate directly to events, people, and issues studied in school; to offer students, many for the first time, a professional theatre experience; to provide students with opportunities to observe, discuss, and understand unfamiliar experiences, especially those with ethical and multi-cultural themes; and to give teachers effective, creative, and engaging teaching tools. Last season, 3,623 IPS students attended IRT Student Matinee productions. The IRT believes that cost is a large barrier for IPS schools to attend student matinee productions at the Theatre. Therefore, the IRT will raise funds to bring an increased number of IPS students to the Theatre in the 2016-2017 Season.
The impact of teachers in the classroom is immeasurable, this is especially true for music educators who sometimes see an entire school’s student population on a daily or weekly basis. Appropriately preparing these educators with tools and skills they can use is so necessary. The Indiana Music Education Association seeks funding to help continue providing quality teacher growth opportunities for IPS’s music educators. Funds raised will help IMEA continue to provide clinicians for IPS as well as scholarships to its teacher growth opportunities throughout the state.
The Artist in Residence program is offered in the classroom at no cost and targets those who could not visit the Eiteljorg otherwise, especially third-fifth graders. AIR is especially in demand during October and November, when Native American history is studied. Sessions last an hour and include an introduction to the artist and their work, culture-sharing, storytelling, art instruction and an art-making component. Pre- and post-visit curriculum materials are developed for each artist and are available to teachers online. Through this personal contact, students learn Native Americans are not relegated to history books but are alive and thriving today.
Dance Kaleidoscope’s 45-minute Pre-School Program, Every Day We Write a Dance is designed for Pre-K children in 21 IPS schools. During this program, DK dancers take these young children through a warm-up or exercise period, and teach basic dance positions and simple ballet terms. The children work together to create a community dance and perform their dance in front of fellow students. The program’s goal is to support teamwork, create positive self-expression, promote sequential order through storytelling, and examine patterns, exercise, space and rhythm.
James Whitcomb Riley School #43 is an IPS elementary school near Butler University in the Mid-North Indianapolis Community. This project involving School #43 will allow all students to attend a professional, live children’s theatre production at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler Arts Center this school year to strengthen the arts community in this area of Indianapolis. Students, teachers, and parent chaperones will be educated in a performance related to the literature, history, math, or science concept learned in their classroom curriculum. Teaching artists will visit before or after the performance to extend and deepen the arts integrated experience. To donate to this Arts In Education Week of Giving Project, contact Donna Rund at firstname.lastname@example.org.