The Arts are a vital part of a balanced, complete education. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir invites to the stage local high school choirs for participation in Festival of Carols, one of the season’s most popular concert series, as part of the Spotlight Choir initiative.
Throughout the state of Indiana, high school choral music programs continue to grow and benefit from collaborative efforts such as the community Spotlight Choir series – what an experience for a young person to hone their skills: musicianship, study skills, communication, problem solving, time management and more.
Spring Break Camps
School break camps provide an engaging experience for students during their time out of school. Each day offers a different topic for new experiences. Camps are sold by day, allowing parents to choose the date and theme that works for their families.
Monday, March 25 | Cardboard Creations
Build a robot, sail the ocean, fly to the moon or make your own wings. If you can think it, you can create it with cardboard!
Tuesday, March 26 | Science of Color
Brighten up your day as you experiment with the colors of the rainbow, play with color mixing, examine how light breaks up into colors and create a spectrum of colorful art.
Wednesday, March 27 | Duct Tape Fashion
Use your imagination to transform this common household material into colorful, creative and sometimes sticky fashion accessories. Be prepared to strut your stuff and show off your designs!
Thursday, March 28 | Garden to Lunchtime
Spring into the planting season as you design your own lunchtime garden. Plant your own mini garden, learn about the proper care of your seedlings, craft your own containers and more. Will you grow a salad or pizza garden?
Friday, March 29 | Only in Indiana
What makes Indiana unique? What does it mean to be a Hoosier? Discover the wonders of Indiana as we explore the history, science, art and culture that’s found only in Indiana.
Monday, April 1 | Astronomy
Explore the solar system and the stars in the sky as we investigate the field of astronomy.
Tuesday, April 2 | Pinewood Car Making
Design, build and decorate your very own wooden car and test it on our two-story, 125-foot track during Pinewood Derby.
Wednesday, April 3 | Citizen Science
Become a citizen scientist for the day as you explore the natural world and help scientists understand the world around us.
Thursday, April 4 | X Marks the Spot
Learn about maps, use a compass and go on a scavenger hunt to pinpoint where X marks the spot on this museum adventure.
Friday, April 5 | Poetry in Motion
Celebrate National Poetry month as we explore and experiment with the rhythm and rhyme of words.
St. Mary's Child Center at Newfields Preschool
Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, Newfields offers an on-campus preschool for children ages 3 to 5.
Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, daily the children experience original works of art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; explore The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, historic Lilly House, Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, and The Garden; and work on projects inspired by their environment.
The St. Mary’s Child Center at Newfields Preschool is a half-day preschool that offers a five-day program, three-day program, or two-day program from 9 – 11:30 am for the school year (August – May). The low child to adult ratio (6:1) provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child.
Stories & Shadow Puppets
Students will explore shadow puppetry as they create their own stories then perform them. Puppet characters will be created by each child from random shapes, art foam, and other creative materials.
Stories from the Underground Railroad
In this dramatic storytelling event, the perils of the enslaved people’s escape to freedom are shared as the characters travel along the informal route known as the Underground Railroad. Songs, rhythms and the story of the lives of two children bring these tales to life.
This program meets standards in Black History Month, Language Arts, Listening & Speaking, Social Studies, U.S. History & Culture
Student Humanities Presentations
Our student matinees in the Humanities brings to life original productions based on classical beginnings or living history presentations.
The best-known production of our matinees in the Humanities is Indy In Revue: The Story of Indianapolis. This student matinee uses audiovisual tools, narration, dance and popular song to bring the story of Indianapolis to life. Indiana schoolchildren learn state history in the fourth grade, and this production enhances their curriculum with a focus on the city’s history, creativity and innovation. Shows are held at different venues throughout the city of Indianapolis – most recently at the historic Athenaeum and Herron High School.
In addition to Indianapolis students, fourth-graders from the metropolitan area’s seven contiguous counties and from Terre Haute and Evansville attend the Revue during field trips. Claude McNeal Productions often arranges additional outings, such as visits to the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Museum or the Children’s Museum.
The Humanities Theatre Group has performed for more than 100,000 primary, secondary and higher education students. Other productions include:
• The Greeks: In the Beginning
• The Renaissance Era: Europe Awakens
• The Modern Era: The Age of Technology
• Painting the Universe: How the Humanities Shape Our World
• French Cabaret Masters
• Cigar City Chronicles: The Story of Tampa, performed for elementary, middle, and high school students in Tampa Bay, Florida
Experiencing History Where It Happened: Living History and Re-enactment as Public History Tools:
“Indy In Revue” is a living history of our capital city. It brings to life the people, sites, innovations and culture that make up the community’s collective memory. The production is used as a learning tool to allow our students and adults to experience history, and instead of just reading about it, they are watching the events unfold in front of their very eyes.
Living history presentations such as “Indy In Revue” have become an increasingly important tool for accomplishing the goal of presenting a community’s history and cultural memory to its ever-changing audiences in a manner that is attractive, engaging, and authentic. The show serves the dual function of serving both history and the community. Using living history presentations as a learning tool makes the process of contextualization much more effective for students. Connecting to place makes historical inquiry more accessible, and challenges the idea that history is an abstract concept far removed from the present. Learning the story of the events that occurred in a particular location and being able to witness the impact of those
events, enhance the learning experience, also allowing for the discourse of place in history, and providing a sensory experience beyond the written text.
Back in early 1993, author, playwright, founder and then Artistic Director of American Cabaret Theatre, Claude McNeal, wanted to create an original cabaret-style production that centered around the origins of our capital city. As an educator and artist, McNeal’s fascination with place, culture, and history has always been in the forefront of his original works. Around the same time, David Bodenhamer, Executive Director at the Polis Center at IUPUI (a research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI), was putting together the first-ever
“Encyclopedia of Indianapolis”. McNeal, a tenured professor of English at that time with the School of Liberal Arts, then approached Mr. Bodenhamer about collaborating with our production team as a consultant on a new production entitled “Indy In Revue”. McNeal and his team spent the next two years researching and developing content for the production, with Bodenhamer helping to provide historical context and lending historical accuracy and authenticity. After an extensive rehearsal process, the production opened to the public as part of A.C.T.’s season of shows in September 1995.
For the next eleven years, “Indy In Revue” was presented annually to Indiana fourth-graders as part of our ongoing educational programming at the cabaret. From 2006-2009, presentations were held at the historic Madame Walker Theatre. In 2011 and 2012, we collaborated with Herron High School to present the show once again, this time as part of the annual “Spirit & Place Festival” sponsored by IUPUI.
Summer Art Camps
Line+Form Atelier is thrilled to be hosting 7 weeks of art camp this summer!
June: Insect+Bee Camp, Unicorn+Fairy Camp (sold out), Art in Motion
July: Street Art Camp, Fashion Design Camp (sold out), Anime+Comics Camp (sold out), Unicorn+Fairies Camp Session 2
Camps are suitable for children ages 5-12 and are held Mon-Thurs from 9-3pm.
Summer Camps at Newfields
Play, Imagine, Discover, Create. Join us for summer fun at Newfields. Participate in weeklong adventures with nature and the arts. Visit the galleries inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a historic mansion (complete with a secret staircase), The Garden bursting with blooms, and an outdoor art and nature park. Learn alongside an accomplished team of educators. Experiment with traditional and nontraditional materials, make a portfolio of work to take home, and share that work with your family during an end of the week exhibition. All these fun and exciting activities are designed to accommodate your child’s educational and artistic needs.
Tanoshi Taiko Drumming
With movement and storytelling included this performance is an interactive introduction to the Japanese drumming tradition of Taiko. Students will learn basic drumming rhythms and partipcate as the performers tell the folk tale of how Taiko began.
Students will experience two stories told in tandem, with tales full of conflict and differences, healing, and growth. These issues become different colored threads in the tapestry of this interwoven story.
Tapping With Goldilocks
Students are introduced to patterns and rhythms as one dancer narrates the traditional story and the other represents each character with different steps and sounds.
Tell Your Own Story (Performance)
Students will hear engaging family and personal stories meant to inspire students to research and collect their own stories. This performance is a companion to the workshop “Tell Your Story.”
Tell Your Own Story (Workshop)
After learning about the elements of story, students will practice telling their personal and family stories with a partner. A companion workshop to the performance “Tell Your Own Story”.
The Circus of Imagination
Adzooks Puppets will bring ordinary objects to life to perform in a puppet circus. Twenty students will be involved as volunteers, taking center stage alongside the puppets.
The Dance Show
An interactive lecture/demonstration that is designed to introduce students of all ages to the basic elements of dance. The Dance Show explores shapes, space, patterns and rhythm through short dances, designed and choreographed to focus on each specific element. Dancers, with the help of audience members demonstrate the various elements and perform examples to a wide range of music.
Focusing on dance as a form of communication children observe how emotion can affect movement and how the spoken word can be used as ‘music’, drawing a parallel between poetic language and dramatic movement…adding a clear example of the story-telling nature of dance.
The Jazz State of Indiana
Students will be taken back to the “Roaring 20’s” on Indiana Avenue, where ragtime and the blues could be heard. The history lesson continues through 1930-1960 highlighting legends such as Hoagy Carmichael. Contemporary jazz music ends the program.
The Little Choo-Choo That Thinks She Can Student M...
ABOUT THE SHOW
A beloved story comes to life in front of your eyes as a young brother and sister, with nothing but their toy box and their own imaginations, invent a train full of friends and a big, big hill to get over. Making up the story as they go along, the two create a cast of colorful characters who try and try again until they have reached the other side of the hill. Introduce your students to the joyful experience of live theatre and the creativity of play!
The Little Choo-Choo That Thinks She Can is presented in our Cabaret theatre and features Storytime Seating, where students will sit in a carpeted area to be as close to the action as possible. Adults are encouraged to sit on the floor with their students; a limited number of chairs are available for adult patrons who are unable to do so.
The Madam Walker Story
Learn the story of Madam C.J. Walker, the self-made millionaire, as told from a “different” point of view. Learn about her early life and the legacy she created. Freetown Village has created a special interactive, one-character portrayal to bring this history to life.
Her name is synonymous with specialized products for African-American hair. But Madam Walker was more than an entrepreneur with savvy business acumen. She was a civil and political rights activist who lobbied an American president to make lynching a federal crime. She was a philanthropist whose generosity led to the largest donation ever by an African-American for the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA.
Madam Walker left an imprint on the Indianapolis community and across America. Her rich legacy gives us a glimpse into early African-American entrepreneurship.
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic inter-planetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system… Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in Theaterworks USA’s musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.
The Magical Art of Printmaking by Robin McBride Sc...
Printmaking surrounds us and is an integral part of our society today. We depend on printed text, advertising and art as a primary source for information and entertainment. Students will create their own relief printing plates, ink them up and produce a print. Once a relief plate is made multiple prints can be made from the same plate, unlike other art forms. As a ﬁne art form, printmaking continues to be recognized around the world for its method, diversity, and beauty.
The Music & Dance of Canada
Our neighbors to the North have a rich history of dance and music. Your students will learn more about the lives and culture of the early explorers who canoed through the Great Lakes.
The One and Only Ivan
For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan’s ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. Based on the 2012 book by Katherine Applegate, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal.
The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin Student Matinees
ABOUT THE SHOW
Despite the US ban against Chinese immigrants, Harry Chin forged a new identity to earn precious American dollars to send home to his starving village. Now he is trapped between two families and two worlds. Seasoned with magic and mystery, this hauntingly theatrical tale from our overlooked history considers the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people illegal.
The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin is on the IRT Upperstage.
The Pout-Pout Fish
Swim along with pouty Mr. Fish and his friends in this new musical adventure. Utilizing live actors and puppets, this colorful adaptation of The New York Times bestseller is sure to turn the poutiest of frowns upside down. This brand new production is being co-conceived, directed and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of AchesonWalsh Studios. This show will bring your students’ favorite story to life through puppetry!
The Roots of Bluegrass
Circle City Bluegrass Band will introduce your students to the roots of American bluegrass. Through the improvisation of each instrument, students will experience authentic music making at its best.
The Spirit of James Whitcomb Riley
Indiana’s own poet is celebrated in this character performance. Through Riley’s verses, students will meet some of the major influences on his imagination such as The Raggedy Man, ‘Lisabeth Ann, Li’l Orphan Annie, and the Goblins.
The Storyteller's Drum
In this blend of African Diaspora music and storytelling, students will become active participants. Students will learn call and response, different ethnic musical styles and their origins, and will enjoy classic African folktales. Authentic African instruments are used.
The Tortoise & the Hare
The classic Aesop fable comes to life for students in this tale about the infamous race. The audience helps the race end well and discovers that there are no losers when it comes to friendship.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
ABOUT THE PLAY
An adaptation of the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, one of America’s leading authors for young readers! When the Watsons load their young children into the car for the long drive from Michigan to visit family in the Deep South, they take their Green Book to help plan for the prejudice encountered by black people traveling in Jim Crow America. What they don’t expect is to find themselves caught up in an act of violence that will go down in Civil Rights history. Strength and love help them face their struggles and find a path forward in this powerful drama for the whole family.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 is on the IRT Upperstage.
The Whole Child: Digging into Reggio-inspired Prac...
Join classroom teacher and Pedagogista, Abby Bucher from the IPS/Butler Lab School #60, as she shares her passion of Reggio-inspired practice with other classroom and special area teachers. In this workshop, she will share a history of the schools in Reggio Emilia and some of the main principles (i.e. image of the child, hundred languages, environment, project work, and documentation). This approach to education incorporates the Arts as there are many languages through which a child can show empathy, expression, and understanding. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to explore the Reggio-inspired practice to teaching and learning and find out about upcoming related events in Central Indiana.
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