IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee recently joined local leaders for a panel discussion titled “What’s Next on Indianapolis’s Arts Landscape?” – Dr. Ferebee, along with Joanna Taft of the Harrison Center for the Arts and former City Councilman John Barth, discussed a variety of upcoming initiatives to support our city’s vibrant arts community. While Taft shared updates on her organization’s efforts to build community ties and engage younger patrons and Barth spoke of the city’s Public Art for Neighborhoods program, Dr. Ferebee shared the important work underway to create strategy around bolstering arts education in our schools.


Each month, a Community Arts Team (CAT) comprised of IPS leaders, arts organization representatives and other community advocates gathers to collect and analyze data on the arts in Indianapolis and IPS. The team will use this data to inform the development of a strategic plan to increase equity in arts opportunities for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. This month, three leaders of the CAT group are traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with experts from the Kennedy Center to learn more about implementation of an Any Given Child plan. IPS Director of Research, Evaluation & Assessment and accomplished performer Dr. Yvonne Stokes will join the Arts Council’s Director of Grant Services Ernest Disney-Britton and WFYI’s Vice President for Community Engagement Gail Thomas Strong on this venture to meet with arts education leaders from across our nation. Indianapolis is the 18th city to partner with the Kennedy Center for this exciting program, so our team anticipates gaining valuable insight from the progress of districts who have already implemented their arts plans.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is the beneficiary of this month’s Crayon & Craft Beer night at Mass Ave Pub (745 Massachusetts Avenue) on Tuesday, February 16. For each Flat12 pint sold that evening, the Arts Council will receive $1. The Arts Council plans to use the money raised to fund a $500 mini-grant to an IPS school for arts-related activities! The event begins at 5pm, and is for guests 21 and older. At this event, the Arts Council will be distributing flyers and brochures about Any Given Child and giving guests the opportunity to sign up for the new Any Given Child e-newsletter, an initiative that will be launched in March. If you have not signed up for this e-newsletter, click here to sign up today!