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Today is World Art Day, and we thought it important to share some of our favorite ideas for supporting the arts in your area. While we all like to observe art, sometimes that’s not enough. You can show your support in countless ways, and hopefully we can help you do that!

Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, empowers children to achieve their creative and intellectual potential. We are a statewide organization and, last year, our non-profit organization served nearly 50,000 children in 25 counties throughout the state. Arts for Learning is particularly committed to serving children who are culturally at-risk with limited access to the arts. These children come from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and live in both urban and rural communities throughout the state. We connect professional teaching artists with children, opening those children up to experiences they may not normally have in the classroom environment. The teaching artists provide workshops, performances, in-depth residencies, and other activities that involve children in the arts to ignite their curiosity and imagination.

One of the our growing programs is Fresh StART. With Fresh StART, students collaborate with a team of teaching artists to develop public art that reflects the issues they see impacting their school community. This work is then installed in an underused public location to strengthen the neighborhood’s sense of pride and identity. Through Fresh StART, Arts for Learning is engaging underserved and underresourced students in unified, school-based efforts to improve neighborhoods throughout Indiana with art inspired by young creative minds.

Want to learn how you can make a difference in our community? There are countless options, which means there’s a way for everyone to show they care.

Community Engagement

If you’re a teacher, encouraging a school-wide art show may be the way for you. Here’s some tips on making it the best art show around:

  • Don’t limit it to pieces created for class, have an open invitation to submit a single piece or a portfolio of work from students and allow work of all mediums. Offer the community a chance to submit their own work as well.
  • Add a twist! Place a huge white sheet of paper on one wall of the art show and lay out paint, brushes and other fun applicators. Encourage visitors of the art show to add a little piece of their creativity to the community banner and let their contributions interact!
  • This is a great opportunity to request donations at the door–be it monetary or in-kind. Create a wishlist for your art departments special supply needs and post it as a nonprofit fundraiser to spread more awareness!

 

FUNdraise

Become a philanthropic artist for a month! Have friends and family commission art pieces from you for a base donation price for each piece or varying price based on desired size. Encourage the commissioned pieces to be unique and fun. The final pot of money raised will go to our organization and you can showcase your works of art at the end of the month in your own Art Show.

Volunteer

Throughout the year, Arts for Learning relies on the generosity of volunteers who donate their time at various community and fundraising events. These include:

  • Creativity Fest – a free, family-friendly arts festival
  • Chocolate Fest – our largest annual fundraiser happening April 14
  • Indy Pies & Pints – a pizza and beer fundraiser, held every February
  • Spirit & Place Festival – last year we hosted a steamroller printmaking event
  • Penrod Arts Festival
  • SoundSport International
  • Feast of Lanterns
  • Various family programs, such as Math In Your Feet family nights at local schools

The assistance of volunteers to write thank you notes, address envelopes, distribute announcements for special events, and offer design and writing experience is always welcome. There are also opportunities to join Arts for Learning’s Board of Directors or StART Young Professionals Board, and their various committees.

Support Us

There are many ways to donate, whether it be small or large, by mail, phone or otherwise—every bit makes a difference.

  • “Donate your Birthday” on Facebook. Encourage your wider network to participate in the celebration by donating to Arts for Learning in your honor. Remember to post pictures of your creations for inspiration.
  • Gifts of stock. Arts for Learning will gladly accept gifts of stock. Please contact broker, Scott Wolfrum, for specific transfer instructions: Tel: 317-669-0580
  • Matching Gifts. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs, which can double or even triple your support of Arts for Learning. If this is true of your company, please request a matching gift form from your company and send it, completed and signed, to Jennifer Collins, Director of Development, at jcollins@artsforlearningindiana.org.
  • Planned Giving. Planned gifts can help you make a long-lasting impact while receiving tax benefits and other advantages. Bequests—a transfer of funds through wills and trusts—are the simplest kind of planned gifts. Other planned gifts include charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, and retained life estates. You don’t have to be extremely wealthy to plan a gift; you just need a plan! Contact Jennifer Collins at jcollins@artsforlearningindiana.org.
  • Corporate Sponsorships. Is your company interested in joining the community of businesses that support the arts in education? If so, Arts for Learning offers various program and special event sponsorship To learn how your company can get involved, contact Jennifer Collins at jcollins@artsforlearningindiana.org!

Your Support Matters

We believe that involvement in the arts is just as integral to a child’s development and learning as subjects like history, math, and science. The arts give children new ways to express themselves and foster creativity, problem-solving, and curiosity. Help connect children with the arts by supporting arts in education in schools, libraries, community centers—wherever learning occurs!

If none of these options we’ve mentioned feel quite right, check out these 100 unique fundraising ideas to find more inspiration. When it comes to art, everyone’s included, and the same should go for supporting the arts too. The importance of art in our community continues to grow. It provides a chance for everyone to express themselves however they see fit. Whether it’s a child finger painting, a grandmother perfecting her pottery, or the next Van Gogh, art always matters. By supporting Arts for Learning, you too can help keep art alive in our community.

April 15, 2018

Arts for Learning Neighborhood Stories

News Release

For Immediate Release

April 25, 2016

Contact: Haley Baas

Communications Coordinator

Arts for Learning

hbaas@artsforlearningindiana.org

Phone (317) 925-4043×120

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts for Learning Neighborhood Stories

Indianapolis – April 25, 2016… Arts for Learning’s “Neighborhood Stories” project, an expansion of the Fresh StART Indy program, is underway with the creation of a “Reader’s Chair” and the sponsorship of a number of workshops in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.
The “Reader’s Chair,” designed by artist Emily Kennerk, is being crafted by Indiana Furniture based in Jasper, Indiana, and will be featured as part of the city’s 2016 Chalk Walk Arts Festival set for Saturday, June 4th. The “Reader’s Chair” is a 10- foot tall mobile public artwork that will be used as a meeting point for regular community storytelling and reading events.
Throughout the months of April and May, Arts for Learning teaching artists Bob Sander and Jingo de la Rosa will conduct storytelling and illustration workshops with students and their families at locations throughout the Near Eastside, including the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center and the Neighborhood Fellowship Church. Sander, a professional storyteller, will encourage community residents to share stories about their neighborhood while de la Rosa, a professional illustrator, will help students create drawings to accompany these stories. The illustrated stories produced during these workshops will be collected into a book to be published by Author Solutions, a division of Penguin Random House.
“Neighborhood Stories” was funded by the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, and Lilly Endowment, Inc., through the Dream Indy 5×5 event as well as the Art 4 Moore Fund of Tides Foundation.
As the oldest and largest provider of professional arts in education programs in the state, Arts for Learning works with more than 60 teaching artists who provide performances, workshops and residencies to schools, libraries, parks and community organizations. Arts for Learning reaches more than 67,000 Indiana children and youth every year.

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May 11, 2016

Arts for Learning Celebrates National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week

News Release

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2016

Contact: Haley Baas

Communications Coordinator

Arts for Learning

hbaas@artsforlearningindiana.org

Phone (317) 925-4043×120

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts for Learning Celebrates National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week

Indianapolis – March 23, 2016… Arts for Learning will celebrate National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week) from March 27-April 2. During this annual week-long advocacy event, Arts for Learning will be inviting legislators to visit arts in education programming in schools and community centers.

Several state and local representatives have already confirmed their attendance at programs scheduled during YA Week. Indiana State Representative Dan Forestal will be visiting the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center to observe teaching artist Jingo de la Rosa’s Comic Books for Comprehension workshop. City-County Councilor Jeff Miller will be attending a variety of programs at St. Roch Catholic School. De la Rosa, along with fellow teaching artists Shawn Whistler and Ronne Stone, are involved in year-long residencies at the school.

Arts for Learning celebrates YA Week as an affiliate of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, the nation’s largest arts in education learning network. This year, all 30 affiliates will celebrate YA Week by promoting arts in education in their regions.
As the oldest and largest provider of professional arts in education programs in the state, Arts for Learning works with more than 60 teaching artists who provide performances, workshops and residencies to schools, libraries, parks and community organizations. Arts for Learning reaches more than 67,000 Indiana children and youth every year.

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May 11, 2016

Arts for Summer Learning

On July 29th the U.S. Department of Education implemented a #ReadWhereYouAre day. This was a day of action that encouraged everyone to show how anyone can read wherever they are posting photos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The point of all this?

July 30, 2015

Congratulations to the Hoosier Nominees for the 2015 Grammy Music Educator Award!

Arts for Learning would like to congratulate the 43 nominees from around Indiana on their nomination for the 2015 Grammy Music Educator Award! From Wakarusa to New Albany to Merrillville, the state is filled with arts champions! Although a Hoosier teacher didn’t win this year, we know our arts champions here in Indiana are among the greatest in the country.

Thank you to these teachers, and to all of our school contacts, for their support of the arts in Indiana classrooms!

Tonya Angle Northwood Middle School Wakarusa
Amanda Batts Harper Elementary School Evansville
Michael Bennett Jefferson High School Lafayette
Mark Best New Haven Middle School New Haven
Wendy Bloom Haley Elementary School Fort Wayne
Kathryn Biel Clark-Pleasant Middle School Greenwood
Craig Brinkman Spring Mill Elementary Indianapolis
Scott Buchanan Indiana State University Terre Haute
Aaron Burkhart Lincoln Middle School Indianapolis
Brenda Clark University of Indianapolis Indianapolis
Joyce Click North Central High School Indianapolis
Jason Damron Mooresville High School Mooresville
Judd Danby Jefferson High School Lafayette
Tori DeMoss Pioneer Jr. and Sr. High School Royal Center
Linda DeRungs New Albany High School New Albany
Jeff Doebler Valparaiso University Valparaiso
Leon Enneking Batesville Middle School Batesville
Kevin Gerrity Ball State University Muncie
Randy Greenwell Lawrence Central High School Indianapolis
Erin Harding Perley Fine Arts Academy South Bend
Helen Hockemeyer Columbia City High School Columbia City
Ryan Hourigan Ball State University Muncie
Eric Jarboe Jennings County High School North Vernon
Nicole Johnson Creekside Middle School Carmel
Gary Kurtis Clay High School South Bend
Kristin Loos Ridge View Elementary School Hobart
Marcia Piper Attica Jr. and Sr. High School Attica
Deborah Prather Brownsburg High School Brownsburg
Craig Redlin North Newton Jr. and Sr. High Morocco
Jerauld Reinhart Merrillville High School Merrillville
Patricia Richards Central Elementary School Lawrenceburg
Marilyn Rumple Lincoln Elementary School Huntington
Peter Sampson Whiteland Community High School Whiteland
Curtis Shaw Homestead High School Fort Wayne
Paula Simmons Elwood Community High School Elwood
William Timmerman Portage High School Portage
Rose Walls Pendleton Elementary School Pendleton
Athena Welbourne Boone Grove Middle & High School Valparaiso
Kelly Williams Tri-Central High School Sharpsville
Dean Wolff Hobart High School Hobart
Clara Woolley Ancilla College Donaldson
Marcia Yost Goshen High School Goshen

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February 24, 2015