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.
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
My name is Brent Marty and I am the Director of Music and Education at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre that is located in Carmel, Indiana. We offer classes and workshops starting from 3 years old all the way to a senior in high school. Visit our website at civictheatre.org and see what we have to offer!
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).
Cultural Centre of India
Indian Culture Comes to You: Dances of India
Curriculum: Cultural Connections, Dance, Social Studies
Using dance, hand-language, and a wealth of visual aids, the Cultural Centre of India will expand on lessons in multiculturalism, history, religion, language arts, geography, and more. All participants dance along, enjoy and experience hand-language movements, clothing, jewelry, and make-up.
Dance Kaleidoscope Studios
Dance Kaleidoscope opened the doors of its own studios on Indy’s Near East Side in August 2020. Indiana’s longest-running professional contemporary dance company now after 49 years, has a home of its own. Our beautiful, airy, 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art dance center is also an inclusive and welcoming center for the Indianapolis community, and a home for you.
Since 2015, DK’s professional dancers have been teaching year-round classes for all ages and abilities from the youngest dancer on tippy toes to pre-professional students who want to learn the Graham Technique. There is a place for you at Dance Kaleidoscope Studios!
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.
Fonseca Theatre is a professional theatre company based on Indianapolis’ Near Westside dedicated to diversity and representation. Our youth drama classes began as part of Bryan Fonseca’s Transformational Impact Fellowship in 2016 and have become a flagship program for the theatre. Our instructors use a devised work approach to support our students in creating an original play and make sure everyone’s voice is heard. We offer three sessions annually. Visit fonsecatheatre.org or contact our Associate Producing Director, Jordan Flores Schwartz, for more information.
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.
The Harrison Center is a force for cultural development in Indianapolis and a model for community arts, education, and urban revitalization programs across America. We address community problems with cultural solutions: art, music, education, and grassroots activism. We cultivate emerging art patrons by redefining the boundaries of artist and audience: everyone is part of the art.
Iibada Dance Company
Iibada Dance Company is a non-profit organization that has served the Indianapolis community for 30 years. We are culturally educating students and providing life-changing opportunities through African and Modern Dance. Our mission is to provide cultural enrichment, discipline, and positive self-esteem to all children through the art of dance. Implied in our mission is to build a platform that produces a culture of artistic sustainability through impact, community engagement and opportunities within the performing arts. Iibada Dance Company(IDC) currently serves the Indianapolis community by offering quality dance instruction to students ages 3 through 21. We offer instruction weekly within the dance styles of African, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and much more. IDC also engages our community with active partnerships with schools and youth organizations to provide artistic exposure that encourages discipline, celebrates self-expression and promotes an active lifestyle. We at Iibada Dance Company believe everyone deserves the opportunity to explore dance no matter race, religious background or lifestyle.
Indiana Historical Society
Your students have studied history; now they can DO history. Our experiences bring Indiana’s stories to life. A visit to the History Center in downtown Indianapolis includes admission to all exhibits in the Indiana Experience and can include additional interactive activities. Our team will customize an experience that fits your needs, no matter what grade or subject you teach.
All experiences meet Indiana Academic Standards in Social Studies and other subjects.
Indiana Historical Society is also the Indiana affiliate for National History Day. Students in grades four through 12 research and present a project on a historical topic that fits under the annual theme. For more information about National History Day in Indiana, visit www.indianahistory.org/historyday.
Indiana Music Education Association
The Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) is a not-for-profit professional membership organization serving music teachers of all primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Our membership is currently comprised of about 1100 active teachers, 100 retired members, and 700 collegiate members who are music education majors. As the federated state unit of NAfME, IMEA’s purpose is to support and advance music education in the state of Indiana; we do this by representing the united interests of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance arts education in schools.
The mission of IMEA is to advance music education in Indiana by advocating for the best musical interests of all students and providing quality programs, professional development, and services.
All students will receive a comprehensive, sequential music education provided by highly qualified, licensed music educators that prepares them for lifelong involvement in music.
We value comprehensive music instruction that reaches every child.
We value the richest quality music experience for every child.
We value music as a part of a core educational curriculum.
We value best practices in effective teaching.
We value effective professional development for all music educators.
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 School of Ballet
Now in its 15th year, the Indianapolis School of Ballet – the official school of Indianapolis Ballet – continues to serve as Indiana’s premiere destination for professional dance instruction. The internationally respected faculty and artistic staff – guided by Victoria Lyras, Founding Artistic Director of both the School and professional company – are dedicated to meeting the needs of their students and offering them exemplary training, inspiration, and encouragement. ISB’s philosophy is that all students – whether they are professional aspirants, pre-schoolers or adults exploring the joys of dancing – will have the opportunity to reach their desired level of achievement.
The Indianapolis School of Ballet’s 36-week Fall/Spring school year offers three main programs: the Pre-Professional Program, the Young Children’s Program, and the Open Dance Program. In addition, the Summer Intensive, scheduled from mid-June to late July, offers various multi-week options for students of all ages and levels.
Indianapolis Shakespeare Company
The Traveling Troupe, the professional outreach arm of our Indy Shakes presents abridged Shakespeare at various parks, schools, summer camps, day care settings, senior facilities, churches, and libraries.
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.
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