This past December, the Arts Council of Indianapolis recently celebrated the 15th annual Mistletoe Music Festival in the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
Each year, Indiana schools are invited to bring students to share their musical talents with the city. In 2016, 63 schools participated in the festival, including 7 from Indianapolis Public Schools, the school partner of Any Given Child Indy. There were 2,736 students involved in the 67 performances.
To receive information about participating in the 2017 Mistletoe Music Festival, contact Erin Vollmer, Indianapolis Artsgarden Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda Johnston, Any Given Child Indy Creative Engagement Committee Member and Arts Administration Professor at Butler University
Our world faces many challenges today—more than any other time in history. Many of us grapple with these challenges. How can we address them?
What are the answers that will help us overcome them?
These challenges, from climate change to food security, homelessness to cross-cultural relations and everything in between, need new, unique, and yet-to-be-imagined answers.
How do we begin to discover and determine these answers?
My answers to that question are arts education and arts integrated education.
Last month, the Steering Committee adopted a Vision Framework for Any Given Child Indy. This framework is a management matrix describing cross-functional describing cross-functional activities, cross-project programs and other ways the Any Given Child Indy initiative is working to address inequities in arts education in Indianapolis Public Schools. The Vision Framework makes it clear that the #1 priority for Any Given Child Indy is to fill the current gaps in arts-as-curriculum (e.g., 20% of IPS K-8 students have access to dance instruction). The framework also clarifies that:
- Co-curricular activities such as field trips act as key enhancements to arts-as-curriculum; and
- While arts integration training will be offered to all K-8 teachers, Any Given Child Indy will identify only two schools to pilot a full arts integration model.
Other key decisions at this meeting included:
- To adjust the district-wide evaluation from one year to every three years; and
- To distribute a monthly status update to all committee co-chairs in order to provide updates to their committee members.
In attendance at last month’s committee meeting were Dr. Wanda Legrand, Deputy Superintendent for Academics for Indianapolis Public Schools; JoEllen Rossebo, President & CEO, Arts for Learning; Greg Wallis, Chief Financial Officer, Harrison College; Dr. Yvonne Stokes, Academic Improvement Officer, Indianapolis Public Schools; Gail Strong, VP of Community Engagement, WFYI; Jason Kelly, Director, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute; Rilyn Gipson; and Arts Council education partnerships staff.
In December, the working committees will address issues such as parent engagement and will continue discussions about how to best keep committee members informed about the progress of this initiative. As staff for the initiative, the Arts Council will work to ensure that these monthly blog posts share the most significant updates, but I also invite anyone with additional questions to phone me at (317) 631-3301 to talk more.
Director of Grant Services & Education Partnerships
Arts Council of Indianapolis
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.
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.