Children's Operas: "The Three Sillies" & "Tail...
The Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists present two children’s operas, The Three Sillies and Tails of Cats and Mice. These original operas by Matt Cooksey take traditional operatic music and set it to English lyrics that tell the story of various folk tales and fables.
Our fall opera, The Three Sillies, tells the quirky English folk tale of a gentleman who sets out on a quest to find three people sillier than his dining companions. Tails of Cats and Mice, presented in the spring, blends several Aesop fables involving mice and cats, such as the town mouse and the country mouse, and the lion and the mouse.
Choose Your Own Poetry Workshop with Bonnie Maurer...
Students will create original poems on their own or as a class. You can choose one of these popular topics –
Odes and Observation
Feelings about yourself
Friendly Letter Format
Poetry Cards & Games
Or meet with Bonnie to create a workshop based on your curriculum.
Christopher Columbus: the Shame in the Glory by Ha...
He failed; he succeeded. He’s considered a founding father but never landed in the USA. He is despised; he is loved. Should he be judged by the values of his time or by ours? This one-man interactive play is designed to heal wounds 500 years old. by recognizing that horrible crimes were committed and great feats accomplished.
Clay Adventures by Jude Odell
Students will be introduced to clay hand building techniques. Several projects can be adapted to suit your classroom’s needs. Teachers are responsible for firing or can inquire about other options.
Clogging & Fiddling by Fiddle 'n Feet
Accompanied by live fiddle music, students will explore patterns in dance and music via counting, moving, and singing. Students will learn clogging as they dance individually and with the group.
Comic Books for Comprehension by Jingo de la Rosa
Students will create their own page of a comic book that illustrates a descriptive sentence. By dissecting the nouns, verbs, and adjectives of the sentence, students will draw interesting illustrations from their own imagination.
Community Social by Fiddle 'n Feet
An evening of social dances for the whole family to enjoy. No experience necessary! Students and parents can come together to participate in line, square, circle dances and more.
With a focus on the interdisciplinary dynamics between music, visual arts, and dance, students will participate as they learn about form, collaboration and critique.
As part of each American Pianists Awards competition, every finalist (5 per competition) 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.
Five schools are selected every competition year (future school years will be 2020-21 classical, 2022-23 jazz, 2024-25 classical, etc.).
Concerto Curriculum is produced at NO COST TO THE HOSTING SCHOOL.
Schools will apply the spring before each program begins. If your school is interested in hosting an APA finalist, please contact Milner Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Conducting Fellowship provides one-of-a-kind professional mentorship opportunities for the next generation of choral conductors. Especially focusing on large-scale choral-orchestral masterworks, the Conducting Fellowship is a collaborative initiative between the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Butler University, a 4,600-student liberal arts institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The two-year Fellowship provides full tuition waiver and stipend. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have earned a M. M. in choral conducting from Butler University and gained practical and applied experience addressing artistic and administrative needs of a leading symphonic choirs.
The Conducting Fellowship provides a 360-degree experience in the guidance of a premiere symphonic chorus, including artist programming, development, communications, governance and outreach initiatives.
This performance will show students that even when they are afraid, there are ways that they can find courage. The actor will face his fear of storms using simple Shakespearean text and the power of language. Students will participate from their seats to create storm sounds.
Creative Classroom Connections
Creative Classroom Connections draws upon the research supporting the importance of exploratory experiences in the arts during the early childhood years. Program goals, center activity designs, the implementation model, and assessments are reflective of this research as well as research-based practices regarding teaching and learning in early childhood, professional learning, and effective community partnerships.
Teachers receive materials, curriculum, professional development and in-class coaching to support an integrated arts program in their classroom.
Our preschool program uses guided-exploration which provides students with feedback and brings them together to explore, examine, question, build new ideas, and develop new skills and excitement for learning. Children have weekly opportunities for self-selection of activities both independently or collaboratively, in which teachers and adult volunteers provide guiding questions, encouragement, and opportunities for sharing. Students spend approximately one hour per week in the program featuring:
Introduction with a book or famous work of art
Choice of art center activities; 3 centers available
Whole group reflective sharing and discussion
Kindergarten and First Grade
Kindergarten and first grade programs utilize a center rotation model. Teachers group children and lead rotations through three small groups, allowing for differentiation. Students rotate between the centers to participate in each center lesson approximately every 30 minutes. Art With a Heart will offer professional development for teachers as well as volunteers supporting the program.
Integrated art lesson
Letter Book/Art Elements Book
Guided lesson integrating language arts and visual arts
Process-based opportunity to explore arts materials
Creative Dance by Melli Hoppe
Seasons, life cycles of plants and animals, feelings, and colors can all be used as inspiration for dance. Beginning with a warm-up that fosters creativity, Melli leads students in free movement exercises and then concludes with a movement activity that addresses classroom themes.
Crumpet the Trumpet by Fort Wayne Dance Collective...
Watch the enchanting musical tale of the award winning* children’s book, Crumpet the Trumpet, by Kristine Papillon come to life through movement! This multi-media production blends together a soundtrack of classical music, beautiful illustrations from the book, and dance, as Mrs. Trumpet tries to soothe baby Crumpet to sleep. This interactive show will have children creating their own unique movement for each different instrument, and give them the chance to touch and see live classical instruments up close.
Cultural Dance of West Africa
Ronne Stone will introduce students to traditional dance techniques and symbols of West Africa and participate in group and solo dance opportunities.
Dancing Through the Curriculum by Melli Hoppe
Basic elements of dance are taught, while students learn life skills such as focus, problem solving, and cooperation. Students work together to create a short dance. Speak with the artist to connect your workshop with a specific curricular topic.
Dancing Together: Building Life Skills Through Tra...
Traditional American dances provide an avenue to build a classroom community. These fun and easy to accomplish dance figures also reinforce the processes of patterning and sequential thinking, a crucial foundation for all academic learning. Teachers will learn to prompt these dances and get the tools to teach them.
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Decades of Dance
Students will try out the dance steps of any decade in 20th century U.S. history, from the Charleston to Street Dance. Through video excerpts, movement, and discussion, active learning can be incorporated into your social studies unit.
Developing Concentration and Cooperation Skills Th...
Researchers and educators agree on the importance of developing students’ abilities to concentrate and cooperate. As well, once a classroom is a safe environment where students feel like they belong, then higher order thinking can occur. When a teachers takes time to strengthen students’ concentration and cooperation skills, it helps to eliminate classroom threats, to build students’ trust within a group, and develop a culture of risk taking, persistence and collaboration. From circle time to morning meetings in the Responsive Classroom®, teachers are in search of ways to build a mutually supportive community with their students. Join Drama Teaching Artist, Kassie Misiewicz, as she shares strategies to incorporate drama improvisation games into the classroom to strengthen development of these important social emotional skills.
Eiteljorg Guides will give students a well-rounded orientation to the museum’s exhibitions and collections with highlights in the Western art, contemporary art and Native American galleries. Special exhibitions can also be included.
With Lawrence Clark, students will learn the rudiments of jazz drumming technique, progressing from a verbal rhythm to body rhythm to instrumental music. Workshop compliments the “Jazz: The Art of Relationship” performance, and if scheduled together, students can participate in the performance.
Drum It Out!
Students will discover their own rhythm through evidence based active engagement in hand drumming and (RMM) recreational music making activities. Self-esteem, teamwork, active engagement, self-motivation, social skills, life skills, reading skills, self-respect, math skills, self-control, focus in a learning environment, respect for peers, creative self-expression are addressed.
Early Childhood School & Outreach Programs
Whether it’s at the museum or in your classroom, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s art, history and STEM connections.
This program combines exhibit exploration time with a STEAM-based program. Your students will take a journey through one of the museum’s exhibits to explore the space including real objects and artifacts from the museum’s collection. Our outreach program brings a piece of the exhibit to you! Young ones will be inspired by interactive story time and engage in hands-on STEAM exploration and creation. Preschool Journeys at the museum are 1 hour 15 min. in length. Outreach programs are 1 hour in length. In-museum cost: $6 per student/$6 per chaperone, free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program only and does not include admission to the entire museum. Outreach cost: $150/1st session; $100/additional sessions.
Playing with Patterns
October 1 – December 21, 2018
After exploring Art of the Brick, the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art, students will be inspired to take part in hands on projects. They will not only become engineers with building blocks, but also artists and scientists as they create their own STEAM-based project.
More than a Box
October 1, 2018 – May 24, 2019
Imaginations will run wild in Cardboard Engineering — an experience dedicated to hands-on exploration and creation. Students will be inspired by engineering, art and objects throughout the gallery as well as a story time. Next its hands-on experiments and collaboration on STEAM based projects.
Colors and Textures
February 18 – June 21, 2019
Inspired by The Color of Style experience, students will observe colors and textures,
and be introduced to new artists and designers. Following the exhibit exploration, students will collaborate on a hands-on creation and experience various sensory explorations such as color mixing and textile engineering.
Ice Age Animals
Step back in time with the help of Frozen Reign to see what life was like in the Ice
Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals and explore this interactive space. Next, students will be able to participate in hands-on experiments and STEAM-based projects.
Explore the basics of paleontology, archaeology and biology with a visit to the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab. In this space, students will observe real artifacts and objects and work with a digital microscope called the Micro Eye. Next, they will have a chance to become the expert and participate in hands-on activities inspired by nature.
Artful Play (outreach program only)
Inspired by Hoosier artist Lois Main Templeton, students will be able to explore the world of abstract art and become an artist for the day. First, they’ll examine an artwork by Templeton and with the help of her book, “Who Makes the Sunrise?”, they’ll take part in interactive storytelling. Also, students will participate in several STEAM based activities and collaborate on a large art project.
Educational Theater & Outreach Performances
Participate in interactive live theater performances at the Indiana State Museum or in your own classroom. Your students might even find themselves in the thick of the action!
PreK – Grade 2
Fred the Mastodon
In this lively puppet show meet Fred the Mastodon, an Ice Age mammal, who wanders the Indiana landscape searching for his herd. Audience members have a chance to participate in the show as other Ice Age animals are introduced, including dire wolves, owls and bison.
Fickelsteen Frog, a reporter for The Daily Croaker, has been assigned a feature story — he is looking for the answer to the question: What is a reptile? He wanders the countryside searching for reptiles and to find out what makes them slither.
Grades 3 – 12
This unique experience offers two live performances in one 45-minute presentation. Choose from Levi Coffin, Elwood Haynes, Thomas Say, Johnny Appleseed, Sully the Irish Canal Worker and Young Abe Lincoln. A question and answer session is included in the program.
Grades 4 – 12
The Liar’s Bench
Bovine hairballs? Vern’s Varmint Trap? A cotton mill cog from the 19th century? What does the word Hoosier really mean? The audience is divided into teams as students vie to be the first to decide if, for example, that strange-looking contraption is really a pasta holder from a South Bend restaurant or a miniature golf ball display piece.
On The Air: The Hoosier Hour
World War II is brought to life through the antics of the folks at radio station WISM as they attempt to struggle through their weekly broadcast of songs, skits and commercials with the specter of food and gas shortages, staff shortages and the ever-present war.
These interactive one-act and vignette theater pieces highlight notable Hoosiers of the past 200 years. Create an hour-long presentation that covers 200 years of Indiana’s statehood with topics including young Abe Lincoln, Thomas Say, Amanda Way, Eugene Debs, the first pro baseball game and others. Scripts will be made available by request as pre-visit resources for a more hands-on experience.
Every Day We Write a Dance
Professional dancers bring to life the concepts of shape, space, pattern and rhythm in this interactive workshop. Children learn basic dance exercises and movements while using their imaginations to create a community dance. Program supports critical and creative thinking skills plus dance and language arts standards.
Every Day We Write a Dance by Dance Kaleidoscope
Two professional contemporary dancers bring to life the concepts of shape, space, pattern, and rhythm in this high-energy workshop. Students will learn basic dance exercises and movements and use their imaginations to create a dance based on their daily lives. Students will think creatively and critically in the making of a community dance.
Explorations in Photography by William Rasdell
Students will learn the elements and principals of design as they study the photographer’s work and other gathered photos. Choose from two themes in the artist’s work: “South Africa and Migration” or “Daily Life in Cuba.” Other topics are available upon request. Cameras can be provided for student use during the workshop.
Fall Youth Classes
Join IRT for Fall Classes! Whether you’re looking to give performing a first shot or brush up on your skills, our instructors are prepared to meet the needs of each new group of students. Using a variety of methods, including theatre games, monologue work, and scene study, our classes will help you improve your practice. Fall classes will be held on Mondays beginning September 16th. Information about age ranges, content, and costs is below. Online registration is available now!
Intro to Improv
Ages 13 – 17 | September 16th – October 21st from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
In this class for teens, students will learn the basics of improv, including techniques on how to think on your feet, work with a scene partner, and develop your stage presence and problem-solving skills. Students will unlock their creativity through games and exercises to build their confidence as performers. This class is appropriate for both beginning and experienced young actors. Led by Teaching Artist and Act A Foo Improv Crew member Daniel Martin.
Youth Acting Class
Ages 8-12 | September 16th – October 21st from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
In this class for young actors, students will learn physical and vocal techniques professionals use to create bold, memorable characters on stage. This class will build confidence in young performers no matter what their next role is! Youth Acting Class is appropriate for both beginning and experienced young actors.
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