In honor of the upcoming National Arts in Education Week, two outstanding educators were honored with the Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI. The awards were presented at the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ 2017 Start With Art Luncheon on September 1. The 2017 Arts Education ARTI Award winners are Jeremy Mallov and Margarita Garcia, elementary school art teachers in Lawrence Township.
Jeremy Mallov, Amy Beverland Elementary
Jeremy Mallov accepts his ARTI Award at Start With Art 2017.
Jeremy Mallov is an elementary school art educator who utilizes his gifts as both a talented artist and highly effective teacher to make a positive impact on children. He facilitates learning through a detailed and structured art curriculum encompassing creativity, art appreciation, and art history and he creates cross-curricular learning opportunities by collaborating with classroom teachers. Beyond the typical drawing, molding clay, painting, and other art activities, Jeremy encourages students to use non-traditional materials and even junk to create unique art sculptures that decorate the hallways of the school. In the nomination, his principal said, “He is more than an arts educator. He is a valuable member of the culture and climate at Amy Beverland Elementary. He is a creative artist, an empowering educator, and a role model in our learning community.”
Margarita Garcia, Forest Glen Elementary School
Margarita Garcia accepts her ARTI Award at Start With Art 2017.
Margarita Garcia has been an elementary school art teacher at Forest Glen Elementary School for two years. In that short time, she has managed to transform the look of the school through displays of student artwork, making the environment much more child-centered and inviting. She is an advocate for her students and works each and every day to ensure the best success for each of them. She meets students outside of class, runs clubs afterschool, teaches art to staff, spends time educating parents, and much more. The principal of Forest Glen said, “Her positive outlook on life along with her ability to find ways to work harmoniously with administrators and teachers make her an asset to Forest Glen. I can’t really find words to describe her abilities, creativity, and dedication to teaching art to children. She is an exemplar of integrity, service, and leadership and an inspiration to all students.”
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At its August meeting, the Any Given Child Indy Steering Committee finalized their presentations for the upcoming Governing Council meeting. Committee members finalized an operating budget for the program; compiled a professional development calendar; reviewed the schedule for 2017 National Arts in Education Week; and a created a Performance Measurement Plan to ensure the program impacts student achievement and success. These plans and calendars will be presented to the Governing Council in September for their approval, which will allow implementation of the program to continue moving forward. The Governing Council, co-chaired by Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, and Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, provides the overall strategic leadership for the Any Given Child Indy initiative. At the August meeting, the committee also recognized two founding members of the Steering Committee who have accepted new opportunities outside Indianapolis Public Schools, Dr. Yvonne Stokes and Dr. Wanda Legrand. They will be missed.
Leesa Jing, Arts Council of Indianapolis Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator
Back in May, I joined the Arts Council of Indianapolis as the Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, thus becoming one of the new Site Coordinators for Any Given Child Indy. As someone who grew up in the arts, I could not have been more ecstatic to receive an offer to join the Arts Council staff just four days before my graduation from Butler University.
At Butler, I studied arts administration and mathematics while being a member of the Butler University Dance Team, serving as a Butler Student Ambassador at the Admissions Office, and participating in numerous other campus organizations. I also volunteered with Art With a Heart and completed internships with the National Panhellenic Conference, Arts for Learning, Asante Children’s Theatre, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. One of my most valuable experiences from the past four years was having the opportunity to study in Europe for three months, during which I explored the arts and cultures of Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland.
Amber Price, art teacher at Edison School for the Arts, attended “The Sound of Music” while in Washington, DC for the Annual Arts Integration Conference.
There’s an Old Chinese proverb that says, “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. Step back and I will act.” I’ve used this proverb before to explain the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching elementary music that I use in my classroom; and to me, it also applies to arts integration.
In June, I was given a wonderful opportunity to attend the Kennedy Center’s Annual Arts Integration Conference in Washington, DC. This conference gave me a better understanding of what arts integration is, and it gave me strategies on how to incorporate arts integration into the classroom. The experience was absolutely incredible!
As an attendee, I was involved in and experienced lessons first hand, which made the conference very enjoyable. I wasn’t just sitting in a chair listening to someone talk, I was going through actual lessons that the master teacher had used with children. I was up dancing and creating tableaus with other teachers; I was sitting on the floor having discussions with other teachers and administrators; and I was participating and creating just as a child would in an arts-integrated classroom lesson.