Indianapolis – July 8, 2014 … Children thrive with access to the arts. With high arts involvement, young people are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair. The arts provide a means to encourage, inspire, and motivate Hoosier students in the classroom and beyond.
The mission of Arts for Learning is to provide quality arts in education programs to Indiana students – no matter where their classroom may be. During the 2013-2014 school year, Arts for Learning served 60,186 Indiana students with educational programs ranging from photography to video game design to calligraphy. Arts for Learning professional teaching artists reached out to students in classrooms at schools, community centers, parks, hospitals, and juvenile detention centers.
“The arts are vital to education. The arts can be used as a mechanism for teaching 21st century skills which will later translate into jobs, while also teaching students valuable lessons in teamwork, respect, and expression,” says JoEllen Florio Rossebo, President & CEO of Arts for Learning.
Arts for Learning is able to provide its programs thanks to generous funders including the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Lilly Endowment, Inc., The Indianapolis Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, PNC Grow Up Great, Blue River Community Foundation, Sheila Fortune Foundation, Pacers Foundation, ExactTarget Foundation, Chubb Insurance, and Hendricks County Community Foundation. To learn more about Arts for Learning programs, or to donate to Indiana students, visit www.artsforlearningindiana.org.