Year Three: 2016 – 2017 (Analysis/Program design)
- In September 2016, the Arts Council coordinated Indianapolis Arts in Education Week featuring a fundraising campaign by arts organizations, which raised over $8,000 and a press conference where the Community Report for Any Given Child Indy was presented.
- The data released revealed significant gaps in access: 80% for Dance; 78% for Drama/Theatre; 15% for Visual Arts; and 13% for Music.
- This week also saw the first monthly public forums focused on creative engagement, budget & resources, professional development, and assessment & evaluation.
- Any Given Child Indy’s Governing Council provides the overall strategic leadership for the initiative. It is co-chaired by IPS Superintendent and President of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Other members include the CEOs of the following organizations: Indiana Black Expo, Inc., United Way of Central Indiana; The Indianapolis Public Library; Indianapolis Power & Light Co.; the Mayor’s Office Education for Innovation; and the 10 members of the steering committee.
- Nine schools signed up to announce their participation in the pilot during IndyArts Education Week: Edison School of the Arts School #47, Eliza Blaker School #55, Tindley Genesis Academy, Washington Irving School #14, George Buck School #94, James Whitcomb Riley School #43, James Russell Lowell School #51, Ralph Waldo Emerson School #58, and Clarence Farrington School #61.
- Any Given Child Indy completed the initial Emerging phase of collective impact work by establishing the Indianapolis arts education plan. Completed projects include: cultivation of partners, convenings, collection of data, budget, and creation of an arts education plan.
- The Arts Council adopted a new Strategic Plan prioritizing equity and inclusion for all programs and activities.
- The Arts Council surveyed local arts organizations about performance venue opportunities available for IPS high schools (requested by steering committee). This was beyond the scope of Any Given Child but is a fit for the broader IndyArts Education initiative.
- In July, Arts Council of Indianapolis staff and members of the steering committee began taking a two-day Racial Equity workshop hosted by the Indianapolis Public Schools. The national program is presented by the Racial Equity Institute of North Carolina. It is expected that all teaching artists doing work in the pilot schools will be required to complete this two-day training