For Immediate Release
March 26, 2015
Contact: Haley Baas
Arts for Learning
Phone (317) 925-4043×120
Arts for Learning receives Indiana Arts Commission Partnering Arts, Communities and Education Grant
Indianapolis – March 26, 2015… Arts for Learning has received a $10,000 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission’s Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education program. This two year grant will fund an extensive arts-integrated literacy program lead by teaching artist Melli Hoppe at Pine Elementary in Michigan City.
Hoppe will collaborate with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Westchester Township History Museum staff to lead third and fourth grade students in a research project culminating in a dances and a children’s book and about the dunes. The teachers at Pine Elementary will also be involved in this residency by engaging in professional development training led by Hoppe to explore how to integrate dance into their curriculum
The Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts across all regions of the state of Indiana. Their mission is to positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our State’s citizens and communities. The Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education program was created to support the growth of long-term, arts-integrated literacy programming done through relationships between artists or arts organizations and elementary schools.
As Indiana’s oldest and largest provider of professional arts education programs, Arts for Learning reaches nearly 60,000 Indiana students annually by providing professional teaching artists who lead performances, workshops, and residencies. The organization closes the “aspiration gap” in Indiana schools and communities by introducing children to the arts and making connections that unlock their creative and intellectual potential. Arts for Learning serves as Indiana’s expert on the arts in education and has been serving Indiana schools and communities for more than 50 years.