American Pianists Association
The mission of the American Pianists Association is to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists. We celebrate the beauty of music through America’s premier jazz and classical awards.
The American Pianists Association nurtures the artistic growth of America’s top young pianists by focusing on creative expression and career development. Our largest and most prestigious support is given through a biennial competition known as the American Pianists Awards. Since our founding in 1979, the American Pianists Association has supported 46 winners.
The American Pianists Awards are held every two years to discover the best aspiring young American jazz or classical pianists. The unique and innovative competitions span 13 months and provide a platform to deeply engage musical artists in a variety of creative formats and settings. Winners receive cash and two-years of career advancement and support valued at over $100,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world and the largest for American jazz pianists.
As part of each American Pianists Awards competition, every finalist completes a residency with a high school orchestra or jazz band. Residencies typically span the course of three days and culminate in a joint public performance with school musicians. Known as Concerto Curriculum, this program brings the beauty of world-class music to new audiences and non-traditional venues, provides pedagogical growth for developing artists, and inspires new generations of young musicians.
Art With a Heart
Our vision is that all children, regardless of background, have the opportunity to improve their quality of life through artistic expression.
Art With a Heart’s mission is to provide hands-on visual arts experiences that educate and inspire children. Our programs uniquely reinforce academics within the artistic experience and strive to instill confidence in our kids, benefiting them in both school and life.
Art With a Heart offers a variety of art programs. Throughout the school year, we offer weekly after school programs, school-year programs within early childhood classrooms, and Saturday Studio classes for students who’ve previously exhibited a passion or natural talent for art. During the summer months, we partner with area summer camps to engage their students with visual art. Exhibitions are held at the conclusion of each program to celebrate successes and engage the community & parents with student masterpieces.
ArtMix is a nationally award-winning 501c3 nonprofit based in Indianapolis that transforms the lives of people with disabilities through the creation of art. Founded in 1982, ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana) programs offer inclusive, year-round opportunities for people of all abilities to learn, connect, and reach greater potential.
Arts Council of Indianapolis
The Arts Council is an organization that advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting innovative ideas and programs that better serve the area, its artists, and arts organizations; and connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to explore and expand central Indiana’s creative vitality.
Arts for Learning
Arts for Learning engages children with the arts by bringing teaching artists into schools and communities. We believe in the arts and their ability to transform education. We believe that when learning is enriched with the arts, students get more out of school.
Arts for Learning offers programs in various forms – including performances, hands-on workshops, and in-depth residencies. Our programs connect the arts with the curriculum to supplement learning.
Our programs occur wherever learning takes place, including afterschool programs, libraries, community centers, juvenile detention facilities, and hospitals.
Arts With A Purpose
Promoting Individual Wellness, Social Awareness, Diversity & Compassion through the Arts
Using creative expression to create positive social and emotional change to individuals and communities by providing Interactive Workshops, Residencies and Performances to Urban and Rural populations.
Butler Arts Center
Since 1991, the Butler Arts Center has presented curriculum-based, culturally diverse, fully accessible, and age appropriate performances and programs to all-aged audiences. Live performances and programs enrich audiences with a variety of learning styles and approaches, exposing and introducing students to specific art forms (dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and media). At the Butler Arts Center, our commitment is to providing a positive artistic experience through live performance, ultimately educating while entertaining.
Attending a performance or program is more than a day at a performance hall or theatre. Experiencing it LIVE allows new ways of thinking about our lives and our world. Having a story or book come to life on a stage inspires us to look at and engage with the characters and setting. Audiences who see live science demonstrations or historical re-enactments connect action and images to deeper understandings of the content. Bringing literature and school curriculum to life in front of students make challenging subjects more accessible and real. When attending a live performance, we are encouraged to imagine, create, innovate and unite as we share a similar experience and connection with others.
Teachers share how their students continue to talk about attending a live matinee performance, months or even years after visiting the Butler Arts Center. Over ONE MILLION students, teachers and guests have attended matinee performances at the Butler Arts Center since 1991. Can you imagine over a million people talking about live performances they have experienced? Perhaps YOU have visited Clowes Memorial Hall to witness a LIVE performance or program. Chances are you have!
Classical Music Indy
Classical Music Indy is the non-profit producer and syndicator of classical music radio programs, the originator of numerous community engagement and education programs, and an advocate for classical music and classical music-makers.
Experience the Hoosier spirit and Indiana heritage with a visit to Conner Prairie. It’s the ideal place to immerse your students in the state’s history with hands-on activities and plenty of opportunities to interact with staff portraying characters from the past. Spend time outdoors, try hands-on activities and get some exercise. Each visit covers academic standards in multiple subject areas including social studies, language arts, and science. For an educational, authentic and entertaining look into the history that shapes us today, come to Conner Prairie!
Areas include the 1823 William Conner House, 1836 Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, 1863 Civil War Journey, 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit, Treetop Outpost and Nature Walk, Create.Connect (combining history, science and design) and Makesmith Workshop (focusing on making things).
Dance Kaleidoscope/DK Kids
Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana’s longest-dancing professional contemporary dance company since 1972, is celebrating its 47th season (2018-19). As a mainstay of its mission, DK consistently brings the finest quality dance performances to diverse audiences of all ages with a strong emphasis on arts education.
DK grew out of an educational program with Arts for Learning Indiana: Voice of the Arts (formerly Young Audiences of Indiana), the local chapter of the national arts organization that supports arts in education and has maintained a partnership with Arts for Learning throughout its history. Through its educational programs, the company has performed in hundreds of schools throughout Indiana and the country and annually presents dozens of student matinees and workshops that serve thousands of school children. A compelling aspect for DK’s education programs is its firm belief that the art of dance is an important tool for our children’s education and their ability to learn.
To inspire, educate and entertain through the experience of outstanding contemporary dance.
To create, produce and maintain a repertoire of outstanding dance by internationally recognized choreographers.
To strengthen and broaden the understanding and appreciation of contemporary dance.
To develop and sustain diverse audiences.
To provide increasing access and exposure to dance through development of informative educational programs for children.
To be a cultural ambassador of the Indianapolis community and the State of Indiana
Drum Corps International
For nearly a half century, Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League™, has been the leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers.
Thirteen original founding member organizations formed the Drum Corps International collective in 1971 to organize and unify leadership for youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America. Directors of those competing groups sought to unite their corps by providing opportunities to perform together—in the end building a foundation for future success.
A non-profit entity was officially established in 1972, and today DCI supports numerous programs around the globe while sanctioning participating recognized drum corps, SoundSport® performance ensembles and DrumLine Battle™ teams performing in more than 100 competitive events that make up the annual Drum Corps International Tour.
With a vast reach online at DCI.org, through corporate sponsorship, annual broadcast initiatives, and outreach to high school music programs, Drum Corps International delivers the message of “excellence in performance and in life” to more than 7.2 million young people, ages 13-22 involved in the performing arts across the United States.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western A...
The Eiteljorg Museum offers insightful programs and tours that explore the cultural diversity of the American West, examine the unexpected West of the imagination and celebrate Native American and Western art, history and cultures. When you visit, your students will learn about the Indigenous peoples of North America and the American West in ways they have not before. They will hear fascinating stories and learn about cultures, from centuries ago to the present day. Students will see paintings, sculptures, pottery, artifacts and more, as well as interactive exhibits that will enhance their understanding of the subject matter. Student tours are updated throughout the year to coincide with special exhibits and new acquisitions. A tour from a month ago might look completely different from a tour tomorrow. When you book a tour, ask Eiteljorg staff about possible visiting artists in residence, special exhibitions and seasonal events and programs that might be taking place on the date of your visit. Prepare for an upcoming visit or extend the lesson with online educator resources. These materials are great for lessons in the classroom, but also serve as a great toolkit for students who are looking to expand their subject knowledge.
Freetown Village, Inc.
Freetown Village is a living history museum with the mission to educate the public about African American lives, arts, and culture in Indiana through exhibits, special programs and events. Programs include interactive theater, music, storytelling, hands-on crafts or heritage workshops or other performance based programs. Programs tour statewide and are appropriate for various ages.
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Live theatre connects us to meaningful issues in our lives and has the power to shape the human experience. The mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge, and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.
The Indiana Repertory Theatre will be a life-long destination of choice for an ever-expanding audience of all ages and backgrounds seeking enjoyable and meaningful experiences. Using theatre as a springboard for both personal reflection and community discussion, our productions and programs will inspire our neighbors to learn about themselves and others. As an arts leader in the state of Indiana, the IRT’s goal is to make Indiana a dynamic home of cultural expression, economic vitality, and a diverse, informed, and engaged citizenry.
Indiana Writers Center
The IWC supports Indiana writers of all ages and backgrounds and reaches out to people whose voices are rarely heard. Classes and workshops taught by published writers provide writing education that encourages creative expression and enhances the communication skills necessary for success in school, in the workplace, and in life. We envision a thriving center where Indiana writers build the writing skills appropriate to their goals and experience the healing, empowering and joyful benefits that engaging in the creative process brings.
Programs, services, and venue selections reflect our commitment to this mission and to broadening our base as well. More than ever before, the Indiana Writers Center is forging new collaborative relationships with arts organizations, schools and universities, community organizations and social service providers.
Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center was founded in 1934 as a Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression to serve artists. Today, the Art Center inhabits a beautiful Michael Graves-designed building which sits on a 9.5 acre stretch along the banks of the White River in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis. Each year, the Art Center offers hundreds of art classes, over 50 art exhibitions in six art galleries, an Outreach program that takes art to underserved communities, and the Broad Ripple Art Fair.
The Art Center’s educational programs are intentional in facilitating the creative process of art making. The Art Center’s approach to education is warm and welcoming, but also a serious effort to engage all students in the practices of visual art. This involves equipping students with knowledge and skill, as well as empowering them to express themselves, to identify and achieve individual goals, and to develop or strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills. For decades, the Indianapolis Art Center has been a leading arts agency in the city dedicated to filling the gap in regular access to arts education among lower-income and underserved families. The Art Center’s outreach programs extend arts learning beyond the school day and support and enhance standards-based classroom curriculum. Outreach programs are rooted in Discipline Based Arts Education (DBAE), which is a comprehensive approach to arts education that incorporates four components: history, criticism, aesthetics, and production. These components play important roles in the creation and understanding of art. Outreach programs at the Art Center also foster positive youth development using strategies that promote youth outcomes relating artistic expression, identity, and community – a framework that has been validated by the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (BYAEP).
Indianapolis Children's Choir
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance.
Indianapolis Children’s Choir envisions a future where excellence in choral singing is valued and supported for all children in the community – bridging cultures, ethnicities and economic backgrounds.
The ICC is committed to offering opportunities to all children, families, and educators in Central Indiana through several different formats:
Teacher Professional Development
In-School Workshops and Clinics
In-School Choir membership
Student Camps, Festivals and Workshops
Cross-Curricular Artist in Residence
Side-By-Side Choir Performance Opportunities
Indianapolis Opera Education and Community Engagem...
A core mission of Indianapolis Opera is to provide educational opportunities for students of all ages. Each year, the Indianapolis Opera Resident Artist Program reaches 30,000 children and adults statewide each year, with additional performances in neighboring states. Our programs work to promote an enduring appreciation of opera and to create audiences for the future. We are committed to higher levels of learning and programming that foster cross-curriculum connections while fulfilling Indiana Core Curriculum Standards. Our educational partners are instrumental in bringing the power and passion of opera to thousands of students across the state.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is to inspire, entertain, educate and challenge through innovative programs and symphonic music performed at the highest artistic level.
The ISO’s Learning Community connects people with inspiring musical experiences that meet community needs.
Kids Dance Outreach (KDO)
The mission of Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence. Since its establishment in 2012, KDO has shared its high-level dance programs with thousands each year through community partnerships around Indianapolis.
Through community partnerships around Indianapolis, Kids Dance Outreach strives to share its high-level co-curricular and specialized dance programs with thousands each year. Through KDO’s programs, children are inspired by the joy of dance and music as they’re given something positive to focus on, specific goals to attain, a sense of meaningful accomplishment, and an appreciation of the Arts.
Our programs involve structure and discipline, listening and following instruction skills, persistence, problem solving, cooperation, body awareness, creative expression, and the essential importance of caring for each other. While dance is the vehicle, the goal is to provide these young lives with a strong sense of self and the necessary tool kit to face life with the strength to overcome obstacles.
Our goal is to help kids discover “they can” and empower them for a lifetime.
Music for All
Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.
We believe that music and arts education is a core to students’ education and must be available to all students. Music for All is an advocate for music and arts education. Our educational programs support the efforts of instrumental music teachers on the high school and middle school levels, as well as provide positively life-changing experiences for students.
Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts, offers dynamic experiences for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, and a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit www.discovernewfields.org.
Phoenix Theatre, Inc
Phoenix Theatre leads the charge to engage our community emotionally and intellectually with thought-provoking, contemporary, and challenging programming. Our 36th season renews and rejuvenates our mission to challenge the mind, touch the heart, and inspire the human spirit by offering patrons cultural and artistic events that contribute to and comment on the national dialogue—a greater variety of and significantly more events than in previous seasons. We strive to invite a diversity of voices to the table and address issues central to Indianapolis, encouraging a more enlightened, inspired, and aware local community. By invigorating local artists with more opportunities to work, grow, and thrive professionally, we retain exceptional talent in our ever-evolving region. Phoenix embodies the Cultural Centre name of our new home and continues to progress as a leading arts organization in Indianapolis.
Rhythm Discovery Center
Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost drum and percussion museum; founded by the Percussive Arts Society in 2009. Rhythm! features unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, Rhythm! offers an incomparable experience in exploring the universality of rhythm and percussion, and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society.
Rhythm! also offers a diverse array of educational programming designed to supplement its interactive exhibits, providing a place for everyone to explore first-hand the world of percussion. Learn about playing techniques, delve into individual instruments, enjoy musical performances from local and national performing groups, or take a tour with your class or group. Located in downtown Indianapolis, Rhythm! invites visitors of any age to come Find Your Rhythm!
Ronen Chamber Ensemble
The Ronen Chamber Ensemble is dedicated to present music featuring winds and strings and its mission is to give music lovers the opportunity to hear both the intimate works of great masters and the new fresh contemporary works of chamber music. The setting is often informal and after concerts receptions encourage communication between audience and the performers. The Ronen Chamber Ensemble has presented concert series for the past 35 years and has been active in outreach in classrooms k-12, universities and adult living communities.
The program we offer “Naturally inspired” presents music that was inspired by nature, for example,imitation of bird calls or flowing of water. A comparison between the clarinet and cello, explains the similarities and differences in sound production,playing technique and how the instruments are made. The sound production is explained according to age and grade for higher grades we will be introducing a bit of Physics and for lower grades, a presentation of a story book about the process of creating the violin from a tree in the forest will involve fun audience participation in movement). The music selections are short and varied in mood to best display the character of each instrument. We will include a piece written for us by David Baker a Jazz composer native of Indianapolis. It would be a great program to introduce students in 5h grade who are about to choose an instrument.
Storytelling Arts of Indiana
Storytelling Arts of Indiana promotes the art of storytelling by creating opportunities in Indiana for diverse audiences of all ages to listen and share stories and by showcasing tellers who entertain and inspire. Our education programs includes workshops, residencies and performances.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a favorite field trip destination for both students and teachers. The museum provides exhibits, enriching learning experiences, and inquiry-based programs. Professional educators design museum experiences around Indiana’s Academic Standards in science, math, social studies, language arts, the arts, and health and wellness, to expand the museum visit into a cross-curricular experience.
The Sapphire Theatre Company
The Sapphire Theatre Company is a completely mobile arts-integration educational theatre company based in Indianapolis Indiana serving both youth and adults. Our programs for youth include both performances and workshops on a variety of social issues and curricula for all ages from pre-k to college. Adult programs include professional development and team building for educators in a variety of settings. Currently celebrating 10 years of providing performances, programs, and production services throughout the Midwest, The Sapphire’s education department utilizes professional actors and teaching artists well versed in current educational theory as well as improvisational theatre in order to adapt all programs to the site’s needs. All programs, including performances, are interactive and customizable.
Young Actors Theatre
Young Actors Theatre creates theatrical opportunities that instill confidence, creativity, and discipline in youth.
Our mission is to empower youth for life.
Young Actors Theatre was founded in 1976 by Charlotte Kaufman, an NYC actress who made her home in the midwest. From 1976 to 2005, YAT brought classic theatre training to 60 school-age students each year. Two of those students were Justin Wade and his sister Catherine, who saw something special in YAT and began assisting Charlotte with the organization. Justin assumed the role of Executive Artistic Director in 2005.
With a new team of theatre educators and creative minds, YAT began to soar. Justin honed his craft as an educator, and began to develop a new approach to theatre training. Theatre education could be more. It could be used to teach larger lessons, and build lifelong learners.
We decided: out with the pre-bought scripts, out with the monologues, out with waiting backstage 95% of the time. By incorporating world-class theatre trends like physical theatre, devised theatre, and site-specific theatre, an original brand of arts education was born in Indianapolis. Rather than starting with a script, we start with a question, a social issue, or a historical figure who embodies a particular theme. Then, our theatre educators work with students to devise a production in which the whole ensemble (not just one or two leads) tell a compelling narrative with an empowering message for student performers and student audiences.
Since 2005, Young Actors Theatre has transformed into the largest youth theatre in Indianapolis. In 2018, YAT brought Self-Empowerment Theatre to nearly 2,000 students and reached over 10,000 audience members across the state of Indiana. We work directly with youth approximately 350 days a year, and on average 75-80 hours a week. With a home base in downtown Indianapolis and performance sites across the greater Indianapolis area, we work to provide more than a stage to the youth we serve.
Young Actors Theatre is more than a theatre: we are a training ground for empathetic individuals and model citizens in Indianapolis.
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