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Crayon & Craft Beer at Mass Avenue Pub on 2/16/16

Have you been wondering how you can get more involved with Any Given Child Indy? Well, now’s your chance! Mass Avenue Pub will be hosting their monthly Crayon & Craft Beer night on Tuesday, February 16 beginning at 5 pm. Each month, Mass Avenue Pub hosts this event and donates proceeds to a beneficiary. This month, they chose the Arts Council of Indianapolis!

The Arts Council of Indianapolis will be receiving $1 of each Flat12 Bierwerks pint that is sold that evening. Through the money collected from Crayon & Craft Beer Night, we plan to fund another $500 mini-grant to an IPS school for arts-related activities. As you may remember, last month, 6 IPS schools were awarded $500 mini-grants courtesy of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Please consider attending Crayon & Craft Beer Night on Tuesday in order to ensure at least one more school can receive a mini-grant for arts-related activities. This event is for those 21 and older.

If you are unable to make Tuesday night’s event or are interested in making a personal donation to fund a $500 mini-grant, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will be hosting an online crowd-funding campaign on power2give entitled Crayon & Craft Beer. If you would like to make a financial contribution to fund a mini-grant, please visit the campaign’s page on beginning Tuesday, February 16 at 8 am. The final day to make a donation is Friday, February 26.

Please share this news with friends and family! By making a small contribution to this campaign on or by attending Crayon & Craft Beer Night on Tuesday, February 16, you will help to make a difference in students’ arts education at an IPS school this year.

If you are interested in attending Tuesday and want more information, take a look at the Crayon & Craft Beer Facebook event hosted by Mass Avenue Pub. 

Mass Avenue Pub is located at 745 Massachusetts Avenue.

Taylor Fengya, Grant Services & Arts Education Coordinator

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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