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Awards & Recognition

Recognized for excellence, year after year.

2011

  • Indiana Business Journal Women of Influence Award to President and CEO, JoEllen Florio Rossebo. This award recognizes women from both the public and private sector who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in their careers and community service.

2010

  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Materials Design

2009

  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Social Media

2008

  • Coming Up Taller Award, the President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities – Arts for Learning’s Summer Arts for Youth program was honored nationally November 14, 2008 at a White House ceremony with the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an initiative which recognizes and supports outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people and provide them with new learning opportunities and a chance to contribute to their communities. The Summer Arts for Youth (SAY) program–the first Indiana winner of this distinguished award–offers Indianapolis-area young people a chance to work with teams of artists to improve and develop literacy and leadership skills during summer to build a foundation for success in the coming school year. The SAY program includes a leadership component, in which teenagers ages 15-19 years old serve as Youth Leaders. To qualify for this position, youth must demonstrate responsibility, a positive attitude, a willingness to work hard, and an interest in the arts.
  • Summer Excellence in Learning Award from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University (semi-finalist) – Arts for Learning’s Summer Arts for Youth (SAY) program made it to the final round of interviews for this award in recognition of outstanding demonstration of excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting positive development for young people between kindergarten and twelfth grade. The award is given annually based on an application and interview process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, results, and sustainability. The Excellence in Summer Learning Award seeks to find and draw national attention to exemplary programs which provide and expand access to high-quality summer learning experiences for all young people.
  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Collaboration of the Generations
  • Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame – The following Arts for Learning teaching artists were inducted: Marvin Chandler, Lawrence Clark, Everett Greene, Cathy Morris, the late Jack Gilfoy

2007

  • Community Crime Prevention Task Force of Indianapolis – Arts for Learning was cited in the City’s Report of the Community Crime Prevention Task Force Solutions for Youth (p. 27) as a leader in offering programs that reach youth in school, after school, and in the juvenile detention system, connecting youth with the arts, thus engaging young people in the community. The report recommended that more programs be created that offer young people opportunities to congregate in positive ways and offer them positive ways to express themselves.
  • Coming Up Taller Award, the President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities (semi-finalist), Summer Arts for Youth (SAY) program

2006

  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Math in Your Feet Residency & Workbook
  • Coming Up Taller Award, the President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities (semi-finalist), Summer Arts for Youth (SAY) program

2005

  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Reggio Emilia Approach

2004

  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Gallery Project

2003

  • NUVO Newsweekly “Best of Indy”
  • Arts for Learning named “Best Silent Partner” for 40+ years of bringing the arts to schools and citing “building lasting partnerships” as a strong suit of Arts for Learning leadership.
  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Leap into Art fundraiser
  • Arts for Learning National Special Recognition, Anna White

2002

  • Arts for Learning Best Practices/Bright Ideas, Online Newsletter
  • Arts for Learning National Artist of the Year, Julius Adeniyi

2000

  • NUVO Newsweekly Cultural Vision Award Arts Partners programming

1999

  • Arts for Learning National Artist of the Year, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo & Eth-Noh-Tec
  • Arts for Learning National Board Member of the Year, Cheryl Strain

1994

  • National Medal of Arts – Young Audiences (national) was the first organization ever to receive the prestigious National Medal of Arts. The White House recognized Young Audiences’ achievements in working with educational systems, the arts community and the private and public sectors to ensure that the arts play a decisive role in the education of young people.

1993

  • Arts for Learning National Chapter Achievement Award of the Year