The Arts Council of Indianapolis encourages everyone to celebrate National Arts in Education Week by sharing their passion with the community. This year, National Arts in Education Week is September 10 - 16, 2017. The featured free event is Jams: Perspectives in Arts Education, an event featuring several short talks about the power of arts education. The evening program on September 14 is open to the public and will feature eight community arts leaders. Additionally, Any Given Child Indy will also announce the program’s nine pilot schools, as well as their partner arts organizations for the program during the week. Any Given Child Indy will also release its 2017 Community Report. National Arts in Education Week in Indianapolis is a city-wide celebration that includes meetings with arts educators, workshops for teachers and teaching artists, and public events sponsored by a variety of local organizations including Arts for Learning, Indy JazzFest, and the Butler Arts Center. The full calendar of events for the week can be found here.
In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week. This week is designated National Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students.
In 2016, National Arts in Education Week was celebrated in Indianapolis from September 11 - 17, 2016. We started the week on Monday, September 12 with a Kickoff Celebration at the Indianapolis Artsgarden that featured student performances by Young Actors Theatre and Asante Children's Theatre, and Arts Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery. That day, we also reached over 200,000 people on social media through our inaugural Thunderclap campaign. Throughout the week, we held a variety of arts education meetings with the Arts Educator Network and Any Given Child Indy committees. Arts administrators and teachers toured two high-performing arts schools in Indianapolis. Community members also listened to a lecture on Teaching Artistry, enjoyed student performances at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, and joined Arts for Learning at Creativity Fest. In addition, over $7,500 was raised by 26 organizations who participated in a Week of Giving to bring high-quality arts education programming to the students in Indianapolis Public Schools.