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Today the John F. Kennedy Center for
Performing Arts Announced Indianapolis as their partner city for Ensuring
the Arts for Any Given Child
, a program designed to “transform the
lives of Indianapolis youth through the power of the arts,”
 says Mayor
Gregory A. Ballard. This innovative program will incorporate numerous
existing resources to create an arts education plan specific to our city.

 In the first phase of the program
the Kennedy Center staff and consultants will review the existing education
resources within IPS and identify gaps. Based on the information
obtained during this review, a diverse group of community supporters –
educators, artists, city leaders and business partners – will develop a plan to
increase equitable arts opportunities for IPS students. 

 “The Any Given Child program is a
perfect opportunity for those of us in the arts community in Indianapolis to
affect positive and lasting change in the arts in the Indianapolis Public
School system,”
 said Dave Lawrence, President
& CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

 In
the program’s second phase, the planning committee will make recommendations to
IPS and local arts groups to effectively implement the plan. The Kennedy Center
will provide professional development opportunities for our teachers and
teaching artists.

 “Any Given Child is coming…Get
ready to engage in this life-changing, community building initiative,”
 said
IPS Commissioner Mary Ann Sullivan.

 This is a momentous announcement
that will positively impact the experience of our students for years to come;
please join IPS and the Arts Council of Indianapolis as we continue our
celebration of the arts next Tuesday, September 8, from 7-8 p.m. at the Arts
& Ed Mixer. Presented by Anthem, this reception will highlight our student
musicians and artists while celebrating the launch of our Strategic Plan 2015
and the announcement of Any Given Child. For more information on the event,
click here.