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Year Two: 2015 – 2016 (Awareness/Data Collection

  • In September 2015, the Kennedy Center announced that Indianapolis had been selected as its 18th Any Given Child site; and with that the data collection and collective impact work began.
  • Began a series of conversations with teachers who were outside the scope of Any Given Child Indy about how they could benefit from some of the resources being gathered including IPS high school teachers, private schools, and other public school districts within Marion County. This was the start of the IndyArts Education initiative.
  • A cross-section of 30+ civic, school, community leaders and other key influencers from eight different sectors spent the year collecting data from schools and arts organizations, and then developing a plan for filling the gaps in arts instruction for K-8 students.
    • It was this group of leaders, the Community Arts Team, who created the governing council to oversee the program and the steering committee of current members to oversee the day-to-day implementation.
  • The Arts Council’s Gallery 924 hosted the “Young Collector’s Show,” which attracted over 1,100 visitors in one weekend. The works were created by professional artists but with the K-8 audience of collectors in mind. Additionally, all the works were hung at a child’s height versus an adult’s height. It will be repeated in 2018.
  • The Arts Council’s Artsgarden presented dozens of elementary school performances as part of the annual Christmas series titled, “Mistletoe”
  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis developed an Equity Statement to guide grant-making: “The Arts Council of Indianapolis is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We see a robust and successful arts and cultural community as:”
    • (a) A city where all artists, creative workers, audiences, and students have full access to the robust creative arts resources of our community and in which their varied histories, voices, and life experiences are honored;”
    • (b) A city where equitable access to arts funding and programs for all arts organizations and artists is expected and delivered; and”
    • (c) A city where such funding and programs unite arts organizations and artists with diverse populations in our community to nurture a community where every resident sees themselves as belonging, learning, and participating in the arts sector”

We believe these closely held tenets will sustain a full creative life for all.”

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