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The first day
of school is full of excitement — meeting new friends, getting to know a new
teacher, learning new things — but for the students and staff of our performing
arts elementary and middle school program, the start of the school year brought
an entirely new adventure! Aug. 1 marked the first day in their new building,
Edison School of the Arts.Edison Classroom

 

Administrators,
teachers, support staff and our talented Facilities Management Division team
spent countless hours this summer preparing Thomas Edison School 47 for its new
role as the hub of arts education for our students in Kindergarten through 8th
grade.

 

“We have a black
box theatre, a state-of-the-art digital design lab, a keyboard lab and
rehearsal spaces for our choral and instrumental ensembles,” said Principal
Nathan Tuttle, “all in this beautiful building!”

 

The growth in
our performing arts elementary program, previously located at Mary E. Nicholson
School 70, also brings new staffing opportunities. Previous part-time dance and theatre teacher roles expanded to
full-time positions at Edison, and the addition of a second visual arts
instructor increased the overall arts staff for the program by two full-time
positions.

 

In addition to
the larger space and updated facilities, families whose scholars attend Edison
will see the positive effects of the program’s academically-infused arts model.
Principal Tuttle encourages arts teachers to use
the vocabulary students are hearing in their other classes to make meaningful
links between subjects.Edison Keyboard

 

You’re
invited to see the exciting new home of our performing arts program in full
swing later this month! The Edison team is hosting an open house, complete with
a ribbon cutting ceremony, at 6 p.m. on August 30. Join us to see the
wonderfully updated space and stay for a sneak peek of the work our talented
students are already doing at Edison!

 

You
can also keep up to date on the state of arts education in IPS as we enter our
second year of partnership with The Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative. Follow www.anygivenchildindy.org for updates on our Community Arts Team’s progress as
they develop and implement a strategic plan for increasing equitable
access to arts opportunities in all IPS elementary schools!