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 Start with Art 2015

Celebrating Arts Education: 
Igniting Imagination And Seizing The Moment When Change Is Possible

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Thank you to Mayor Ballard, Start with Art Honorary Corporate Chair Morris Maurer, Yvonne Shaheen, Keynote Speaker Eric Booth, and all of our sponsors, presenters, collaborators, attendees, and supporters of the 29th annual Start with Art!

At an exhilarating Start with Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Indianapolis, Indiana as the 18th site for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8. The program is led by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools, the Office of the Mayor of the City of Indianapolis, and facilitated by the Kennedy Center. The Arts Council also announced the first two recipients of the $100,000 Transformational Impact Fellowships, the 2016 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowships, and the 2015 ARTI Award recipients.

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About Any Given Child 
Any Given Child seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each student’s arts education, using an affordable model that combines the existing resources of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Arts Council of Indianapolis including local arts and community organizations, and the Kennedy Center. With the assistance of expert consultation services provided by Kennedy Center staff and other professionals, community leaders will develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for the school district and community of Indianapolis.

About the Transformational Impact Fellowship
In 2015, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the generous funding support of Lilly Endowment Inc., launched a pilot program titled the Transformational Impact Fellowship. The program is the next phase in the evolution of the hugely successful and nationally recognized Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program. This new fellowship program is a direct response to the rise and development of the collective impact model in Indianapolis for community and civic organizations from all sectors to come together to realize big ideas that can transform a neighborhood, a community, or a city.

The Transformational Impact Fellowship Program will place professional artists and arts and culture organizations at the forefront of community development. The Arts Council has awarded two $100,000, two-year fellowships to artists working in partnership with a nonprofit organization, community, and/or neighborhood in Marion County.
Transformational Impact Fellows
Bryan Fonseca
Greg Hull

Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship
2016 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows
Stuart Coleman
Jessica Uçul

ARTI Award Recipients
Designed by Indianapolis based artist Jude Odell

2015 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award
Abigail Wolf: Art teacher, Meredith Nicholson Elementary School. 
Tracey Suchy: Art Teacher, West Newton Elementary School.

2015 Volunteer/Patron ARTI Award
Joanna Taft: Executive Director, Harrison Center for the Arts.
Marianne W. Tobias: Musician, author, volunteer leader, scholar, and philanthropist for the arts.

2015 Corporate ARTI Award
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

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