National Arts in education week

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 9 - 15, 2018


National Arts in Education Week - Local Events
Sunday, September 9 – Saturday, September 15

Advocate for the importance of arts education by sharing your personal experiences with K-12 arts education using the hashtags #BecauseOfArtsEd and #IndyArtsEd on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Arts Education Navigator
Interested in advocacy? Americans for the Arts has created the Arts Education Navigator, a tool connecting you to the various resources you need to make the case for arts education.


Sunday, September 9
Church Presentations
Any Given Child schools will make presentations about the importance of arts education at a local church.

Monday, September 10 – Friday, September 14
Any Given Child schools will be hosting workshops, performances, and residencies from Arts for Learning teaching artists. Parents, school board members, and elected officials are encouraged to attend these activities. Contact your School Arts Coordinator for dates and times.

Tuesday, September 11
Performances at the Indianapolis Artsgarden – 12:00 PM
Enjoy performances by music ensembles from Any Given Child schools at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, starting at noon.
Location: Indianapolis Artsgarden, next to Circle Centre Mall

Wednesday, September 12
Grant Writing Workshop – 5 PM
Attend a workshop led by Dr. Jason Kelly, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, on how to draft strong grant applications. This workshop is designed exclusively for educators, with a limited capacity of 50 attendees.
Location: Forest Manor Professional Development Center, Meeting Room C
IPS educators should RSVP on wisdomwhere, Session #17708
All other educators RSVP to David Newman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, September 12 – Thursday, September 13
Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening
Arts Education Partnership (AEP) will be hosting its Annual Convening in Indianapolis during National Arts in Education Week. Through exploring the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches, the AEP Annual Convening actively supports the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work, and life. Register here.
Location: Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

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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.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 celebration!

Thank you to our funders

Indiana Arts Commission
Clowes Charitable Foundation