Michael Grady, Any Given Child Indy Creative Engagement Committee Co-Chair & Sportscaster 93.5/1070 The Fan, WRTV-6, Pacers
The arts have played a huge role in my life and career. While I am a radio host and television sports anchor, my experience with the arts STILL influences my job performance. In elementary school, my ability to write song lyrics and poetry gave me confidence at a young age. It forced me to challenge myself and expand my vocabulary. I would read and write virtually every day. In my late teens and early 20s, I was able to perform my inspirational poetry at local high schools, colleges and universities, the Indiana State House, the Indiana Black Expo, and at numerous events. Public speaking, an area that so many struggle with, became a strength of mine. When I became the public address announcer for the Indiana Pacers, I was asked several times, “Do you get nervous speaking in front of nearly 20,000 people at home games?” My response is always, “No…” because of those early experiences that was made possible because of my interest in the arts.
Today marks the beginning of National Arts in Education Week, a huge celebration recognizing the importance of the arts in a child’s education. This year, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will celebrate National Arts in Education Week from September 11 – 17 along with the rest of the country.
Throughout the week, the Arts Council’s Any Given Child Indy initiative will bring together arts organizations, educators, community leaders, and citizens for a series of presentations, discussions, and other events to highlight the work of arts educators and the importance of arts education for our city’s youth. To view the full calendar of events, please visit the Any Given Child Indy website at bit.ly/artsedweekindy2016.
Why designate the celebration of arts in education over an entire week? The arts are crucial to every child’s education. The arts create a vibrant city, drive creativity and innovation, build and strengthen our economy, drive tourism, and provide opportunities for communities to come together through positive self-expression and communication. Furthermore, studies have shown the following improved student outcomes as a result of arts education. Students are:
- Four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- Three times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- Four times more likely to participate in math and science fairs
- Three times more likely to be elected to class office
As we know, creativity and graduation rates have a big impact on the strength of any community, and that’s why the Indianapolis arts community is working with the Mayor’s office and Indianapolis Public Schools to improve outcomes for 22,000+ K-8 students through Any Given Child Indy. Since 1987, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has been working to increase access to the arts and encouraging that arts education initiatives are part of funded programs through our Annual Grants Program. Through recent research initiatives and as directed by our most recent strategic plan, the Arts Council endeavored to take a more direct role in providing access to quality arts education for all our youth in Indianapolis.
In 2015, the Arts Council began serving as the backbone organization, or administrative support arm, for a collective impact initiative in partnership with the Mayor’s office and Indianapolis Public Schools to ensure arts access to every K-8 student in IPS, including Mayor’s Charter Schools. The program is an initiative of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In May 2016, a team of civic, corporate, and nonprofit leaders across sectors completed year one of the program by creating a vision, articulating four specific goals and focus areas, and the beginning of a data-driven action plan based on surveys of teachers and arts organizations that will drive four years of implementation.
We invite you to join the Any Given Child Indy coalition to ensure access to the arts for our children in Indianapolis. Join us in the celebration of National Arts in Education Week in Indianapolis from September 11 – 17, 2016. Visit bit.ly/artsedweekindy2016 for more information on ways to become engaged during the week and celebrate the arts and arts integration programs for all youth in Indianapolis.
President & CEO
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Special thanks to Metropolitan Youth Orchestra for helping us celebrate #ArtsEdWeekIndy by participating in the following video message from Arts Council of Indianapolis President & CEO Dave Lawrence:
It’s Indianapolis Arts in Education Week! from Arts Council of Indianapolis on Vimeo.
Curious to know what the arts look like when implemented in the classroom? During National Arts in Education Week, you will have the opportunity to visit two high-performing schools and learn what students experience in the arts on an every day basis.
On Wednesday, September 14 from 8:30 am to 12 pm, attendees will visit Edison School of the Arts IPS School 47 and Tindley Genesis Academy, one of the Mayor’s Charter Schools. During the school tours, those in attendance will be able to hear firsthand from the schools’ principals, have the opportunity to ask questions, and visit a handful of classrooms. Click here for more information or register for the tours.
At 8:30 am on Wednesday, September 14, attendees will meet at the Arts Council of Indianapolis (924 N Pennsylvania Street) where they will enjoy breakfast and be briefed on the morning’s activities. At that time, participants will be divided into carpools for the school tours. The carpools will transport participants to the schools and back to the Arts Council of Indianapolis by 12 pm.
This event is FREE of charge and open to the first 50 people who register via Eventbrite at http://artseducationschooltours.eventbrite.com. Reserve your spot as soon as possible! Only those who have pre-registered for the school tours on Eventbrite will be able to participate.
PARKING: Please park in the Arts Council’s parking lot (just south of the building off Pennsylvania) or the lot across the street from the Arts Council. Parking is free and no parking passes are required.
Please contact Taylor Fengya, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, at email@example.com or 317-631-3301.
NATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 11 – 17
The Arts Council of Indianapolis and its Any Given Child Indy initiative, a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office, are celebrating National Arts in Education Week from September 11 – 17 along with the rest of the country. Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. Learn about Indianapolis’ weeklong celebration here.
2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award Winners Announced
At the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ annual Start with Art luncheon on Friday, September 2, two local arts educators were awarded the 2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award. The winners are…
Mary Jo Bayliss
The Arts Council of Indianapolis awarded the first 2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award to Mary Jo Bayliss. A champion for K-12 arts education and a teacher at Christel House Academy South, Mary Jo Bayliss is a teacher whose unwavering dedication and passion for the arts has inspired students to take risks, to expand boundaries, and set lofty but achievable goals. An accomplished and practicing artist herself, her influence on her students’ lives has been transformative.
Because of her unwavering dedication to ensuring all students have access to music education, the Arts Council of Indianapolis awarded a second 2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award to Betty Perry during this year’s Start with Art. In 1995, she founded the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a youth and family development program that aligns musical and social goals to engage at-risk youth and set them on a course for future success. MYO, now a program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, serves 220 students and families in the most challenged Indianapolis neighborhoods through music education, mentoring, and support services. Since 2008, an extraordinary 100% of its high school seniors have graduated from high school and transitioned to post-secondary education!
Do you remember what you learned in art class in the third grade? Do you know what fifth graders typically learn in music class? Here’s the chance to find out what you know! Come out to Sun King Brewery on Monday, September 12 from 5:30 – 7 pm to test your knowledge of arts education with a trivia night.
Attendees may choose to participate in the trivia night by filling out a worksheet, but if trivia isn’t your cup of tea, or in this instance beer, there are many other fun activities for you to enjoy at Sun King.
Come color iconic Indianapolis murals, strike up a conversation with your friends about why you believe in arts in education, and drink Sun King’s delicious craft beer. Trivia participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Prize Pack, generously donated by Sun King Brewing Company.
You will also have the opportunity to sign up to join one of four Any Given Child Indy committees – Creative Engagement, Professional Development, Budget & Resources, or Evaluation & Assessment.
This event is for those 21 and older.
NATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 11 – 17
The Arts Council of Indianapolis and its Any Given Child Indy initiative, a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office, are celebrating National Arts in Education Week from September 11 – 17 along with the rest of the country. This trivia night is just one of the many that have been planned throughout the week to celebrate arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration that promotes and showcases the important role of the arts in education. Learn about Indianapolis’ weeklong celebration here.