Brick Street Poetry plans to work with Art With a Heart in the IPS kindergarten classes that are part of their existing program activities to present costumed poetry characters that will accompany a poet for readings in these classes. Poetry helps show students how creatively words can be used, how words can tell an entertaining story and explore a person’s thoughts, and how they can be used in both fun and informative ways. Teachers will follow up with thoughts about imagination and words after the poetry visits.
National Arts in Education Week of Giving donations will immediately go to work bringing IPS students to visit the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site (BHPS) for free! Week of Giving gifts will help BHPS offer free field trips to elementary school IPS classrooms, enabling children to learn about the life stories, arts, and culture of America’s Hoosier President.
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.