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Report Card 1/16/16: Surveying the Field

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What a powerful and amazing meeting we had today! Special kudos to IPS and to the Mayor’s Office for supplying the rich survey data on attitudes and services. Also, special thanks to Rilyn Gibson for the insightful comparative analysis to the arts organization survey data. We’ll take the next six weeks to review and reflect on the data before coming back together in March to begin decision-making. In between that time, three of us will be going to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to meet with our Any Given Child counterparts from around the country in February: Dr. Wanda LeGrand, Deputy Superintendent for Indianapolis Public Schools; Gail Thomas Strong, VP for Community Engagement at WFYI, and I will represent the arts community. So, we are now in a data rich environment and getting set for focused community dialogues and decision-making to ensure arts access to every given child in Indianapolis.

Superintendent Ferebee welcomed us warmly this morning, and thanked us for our good work. He also drew the names of six schools from the survey who will each receive mini-grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis for arts education. The funding for these Arts Council mini-grants was made available from the Community Indiana Community Foundation through The Frank & Irving Moxley Springer Fund, as a result of the advocacy of Community Arts Team member Andrew Black, a CICF program officer. Congratulations to these six top responding schools for mini-grants of $500 each for arts-related activities of their choosing.

Cold Spring School
Paul I. Miller School 114
Meredith Nicholson School 96
Center for Inquiry School 84
Floro Torrence School 83
George Washington Carver Montessori School 87

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

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Any Given Child on WFYI’s No Limits


WFYI’s No Limits host John Krull featured Any Given Child Indy on his January 5, 2016 program. John interviewed Ernest Disney-Britton, Director of Grants Services and Arts Education at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and David Newman with Indianapolis Public Schools (who oversees arts programs and is on the Community Arts Team) about Indianapolis’ partnership with the Kennedy Center. Listen now! No Limits / Any Given Child Interview

Report Card 12/4/15: A Vision Defined

Today’s meeting was fast and furious! We began by adopting a vision statement: “The Community Arts Team is committed to ensuring ongoing comprehensive and quality arts education for all K-8 students in the Indianapolis Public Schools. We will unite schools with the diverse cultural richness of our community to engage and inspire students to create, perform, and respond to all art forms leading to lifelong creative engagement.”  This statement (two months in development) is designed to guide the analysis and decision-making as we move forward.

Additionally, the group was presented with the data from November’s survey of arts organizations about their arts education engagement with Indianapolis Public Schools. There were 53 organizations who participated in the survey, with budgets ranging from $65,000 to $28 million. Of that total, 100% of the 45 organizations funded by the Arts Council of Indianapolis participated in the survey. This is all preliminary data, and two highlights included the fact that every IPS school has “some” level of engagement with an arts organization. Additionally, there is a huge disparity in the range of engagement. The next step is to survey the schools, and in January we will begin merging the results of all the surveys. It’s all very exciting, but there are only four meetings left and so much more to do!  

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

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Report Card 11/6/15: A Vision Quest

The second meeting of the Any Given Child Indy Community Arts Team, led by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened with a welcome from Dr. Wanda LeGrand, Deputy Superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools and ended with the completion of three survey instruments finalized by the Community Arts Team (CAT). We had a full-house today as the CAT concluded the second of two sessions where we decided on what core data is needed to develop a plan for arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools. Planning begins with knowing where we are now, and the first of three surveys will be released this month where we will collect data from arts organizations and individual artists. The CAT also continued an energized discussion about a shared Vision Statement for the public schools. The plan is to finalize that Vision Statement at the December meeting. This month’s homework for the Community Arts Team is to review the Vision Statements of other Any Given Child Program sites via the Kennedy Center’s website. I can’t wait until we get together next month!

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


CEO/Board Chairs 10/28/15 Meeting Takes Education Action with Any Given Child Program

Indianapolis arts leaders took action and met to discuss major arts education initiatives including Any Given Child Indy at our CEO/Board Chairs meeting at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on 10/29/15.

Currently, the Any Given Child partners and project team are in the planning stages, and are visioning for the program and surveying for arts education data in Indianapolis.

Interested in getting involved in the Any Given Child program? Simply stay tuned to the website and upcoming e-news for ongoing updates.

Are you an advocate for Any Given Child Indy? We would love to add your voice to our list of supporters. Your voice will be shared on our website, e-news, and social media. Tell Ernest Disney-Britton, Director of Grants Services & Arts Education, that you would like to be an advocate today. 


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