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NRG Energy, Inc. and Young Audiences of New Jersey have partnered together again to bring you the NRG Creatively Green Awards Program. With their support, Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, is proud to award two Indiana schools with an engaging and dynamic family festival that offers parents and children the chance to participate in hands-on art making to better understand the importance of environmental sustainability.
The winners of this funding are Oaklandon Elementary (Lawrence Township) and New Augusta Public Academy South (Pike Township).
About Arts for Learning:
As the oldest and largest provider of professional arts education programs in the state, Arts for Learning works with more than 65 teaching artists to provide performances, workshops and residencies to more than 61,000 Hoosier students each year at libraries, parks, juvenile detention centers, and community centers. For more information, visit www.artsforlearningindiana.org
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How to describe the festival:
Winning schools receive the unique opportunity to host a family event for up to 300 people, featuring Arts for Learning artists that will celebrate imagination and creativity while promoting a better understanding of individual and community responsibility to protect our planet. The 2-hour family arts festival consists of dynamic performances by Arts for Learning artists focusing on the importance of protecting our environment; hands-on art making workshops led by Arts for Learning’s professional teaching artists that promote environmental sustainability; and a community art-making project to be played, displayed or shared during the event.
Acknowledging Arts for Learning and its Partners:
Our Creatively Green Family Arts Festival, presented by Arts for Learning, was funded by Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania and NRG Energy. With their partnership, we will be able to provide students and their families with a fun festival atmosphere while also teaching the importance of protecting our environment through sustainable practices.
Are you ready to create an arts-enriched environment for your students this semester? Use the guide below to find funding resources for your school!
Arts for Learning is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Arts Advocate of the Year! Arts for Learning annually recognizes an award winner who demonstrates dedication to arts integration in their classrooms and schools.
From our 2014 winner, Jenny McAllister:
Being selected as the 2014 Arts for Learning Arts Champion was a wonderful honor. This allowed me to share with others the value of implementing a curriculum for children filled with art and music!! Showing the ways music and art can foster a life-long love of the arts is very important. My school supports and encourages activities involving artists from various disciplines allowing me to expose children to things they might not otherwise be a part of.
As a result of this award, the ability to promote public awareness of the influence of arts on the lives of our children is greatly enhanced. This award has brought about a recognition of the importance of an arts related curriculum in our children’s education. I am grateful for this opportunity to highlight the arts in our schools and fully support the program of the recognition of Champions of the Arts in the Indianapolis community.
Consider nominating a colleague to be Arts for Learning Teacher of the Year to receive complimentary programming, Arts for Learning gear, and recognition in front of your school and in the media. Nominations can be made here and are being accepted until March 15.
We’re looking for schools in Hendricks County to host workshops or performances – some at no cost to you! In-school and afterschool options available for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information!