For Immediate Release
November 13, 2015
Contact: Haley Baas
Arts for Learning
Phone (317) 925-4043×120
Arts for Learning Wins Dream Indy 5×5 Competition
Indianapolis – November 13, 2015… Arts for Learning’s received $10,000 as the winner of the Dream Indy 5×5 Competition on November 12th. The event was held at Big Car Collaborative’s new space near Garfield Park, the Tube Factory Artspace. Arts for Learning was one of five organizations to be selected as finalists in this month’s competition.
The proposed project, Neighborhood Stories, will involve a “Reader’s Chair,” created by ArtPrize winner Emily Kennerk, that will serve as the site of monthly reading events. During these events, community members can gather and share stories about their neighborhood. These stories will be collected and, through a series of Arts for Learning workshops at area schools, be turned into books by the students, who will also share their own dreams for the community.
Neighborhood Stories is an expansion of the Fresh StART Indy project piloted by arts for Learning this past year on the Near Eastside. Fresh StART culminated in a “Cloud Observatory,” a public artwork envisions by the residents of the neighborhood as well as the students at IPS #15.
One of the requirements of the Dream Indy 5×5 Competition was that the two presenters be an intergenerational pair. The Neighborhood Stories proposal was presented by longtime Arts for Learning teaching artists Bob Sander and high school student Alysah Rice.
A veteran storyteller, Sander uses folktales, personal and family stories and well as literary and historical tales during his workshops and residences. Rice is a sophomore who recently became involved with Arts for Learning through ArtForce, a summer apprenticeship program. She has experience in a variety of art and design media and is interested in studying medical illustration in college.
As the oldest and largest provider of professional arts education programs in the state, Arts for Learning works with more than 60 teaching artists and arts organizations to provide performances, workshops and residencies to schools, libraries, parks and community centers. Arts for Learning is part of a national network of 30 affiliates reaching five million children in over 6,000 schools and community centers with 85,000 performance demonstrations, workshops, and teacher services.