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IPS Student Performances during Mistletoe Music Festival


Celebrate the holiday season with local school choirs, bands, and orchestras at Mistletoe Music Festival at the Indianapolis Artsgarden!

The Indianapolis Artsgarden kicks off the holiday season with its Mistletoe Music Festival. An annual holiday tradition, the Mistletoe Music Festival showcases the talent of local school choirs, bands, and orchestras. Owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Artsgarden has been transformed into a winter wonderland and is the perfect venue to feature 61 schools in 71 performances. The Mistletoe Music Festival will deck the Artsgarden now through December 15. 

This year, 7 IPS schools will perform as a part of this annual holiday celebration including Edison School of the Arts #47, John Marshall High School, Broad Ripple Magnet High School, Arsenal Technical High School, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, and Center for Inquiry Schools #27 and #84. Click here to see the full schedule of performances during Mistletoe Music Festival.

“Having hundreds of student performers in the Artsgarden for Mistletoe Music Festival is always a highlight of the year for us. We love to support arts education programs in our schools, and we are pleased to provide a performance venue that supports their mission and highlights the work of our arts educators,” said Indianapolis Artsgarden Director Mike Prusa. 


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.

IPS Showcase of Schools–Saturday, November 19

sos_socialrun2_instagramJoin our Any Given Child Indy school district partner at the 3rd Annual IPS Showcase of Schools on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Indiana State Museum! Discover why IPS is the preferred educational choice for thousands of families throughout Indianapolis!

This one-stop, exciting informational event features representation from 60-plus IPS schools, highlights exciting and rigorous academic programs, and includes performances by talented IPS students.

This event includes free admission to both the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, free student flu shots, and access to an informative teen summit and digital safety panel. In addition, the event serves as the kickoff to the 2017-2018 application window for IPS’ coveted choice (magnet) school programs. For more information, visit

REPORT CARD: 10/14/16 STEERING COMMITTEE: Announces Professional Development Opportunity

Last school year, a group of 30 leaders came together each month to collect and analyze the data that is guiding Any Given Child Indy. They were called the Community Arts Team.

The new phase of the program is to design the programs and to build budgets for those programs with 30 new volunteers who have joined the initiative including parents, teachers, and business people. There are four committees, led by previous members of the Community Arts Team (except for one new person), and those co-chairs had their first meeting together in October. These groups are already moving fast!

  1. The Budget & Resources Committee, chaired by Greg Wallis, Harrison College, and Dr. Yvonne Stokes, Indianapolis Public Schools, has identified over a dozen potential funding sources.
  2. The Evaluation & Assessment Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Jason Kelly, IUPUI, and Andrew Black, Central Indiana Community Foundation, is wrestling with the work of prioritizing gaps and defining tiers of engagement.
  3. The Creative Engagement Committee, co-chaired by Michael Grady, WRTV-6, and Gail Thomas-Strong, WFYI, selected parents as their key audience for community discussions on arts education.
  4. Additionally, the Professional Development Committee, co-chaired by David Newman, Indianapolis Public Schools, and JoEllen Florio Rossebo, Arts for Learning, has selected their first Arts Integration trainer for January 2017.

Lastly, Dr. Wanda Legrand, IPS Deputy Superintendent for Academic Improvement, and Ernest Disney-Britton, Arts Council of Indianapolis, presented an update to the Indianapolis Public School Board on October 27 that was broadcast on WFYI. It is an exciting time to be engaged in arts education!    

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

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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