Saturday, September 5, 2015

IPS, Arts Council, Kennedy Center join to push arts education

By Wei-Huan Chen
Indianapolis Public Schools' Riverside School No. 44. Any Given Child would look for ways to give IPS students better access to the arts. (Photo: Charlie Nye / The Star)
INDIANA---In Sacramento, Calif., 100 percent of the city’s students now are engaged in the arts. And Fresno, Calif.’s school district allocated an additional $2 million for arts education. These cities were able to carve out better arts opportunities for students in Grades K-8 despite a national trend of schools slashing arts programs. A key part of their success? A partnership with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., called Any Given Child. Indianapolis will partner with the Kennedy Center and become the next city to take advantage of the Any Given Child initiative, the Arts Council of Indianapolis announced Friday. [link]