A Recipe for Jazz by Cathy Morris
Students will be introduced to jazz, funk, blues, Latin, and Cajun styles of music played on electric violins, keyboards, percussion, electric bass, and drums. This program includes exciting student interaction and audience participation.
A Year with Frog & Toad
Join in the fun of Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books brought to life through a whimsical show following two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.
ACT ONE is Jr. Civic’s premiere performing troupe and our ambassador to the communities we serve. Made up of 30 talented young performers from throughout the region, this group meets regularly throughout the year and will participate in community events all over metropolitan Indianapolis.
*Students in ACT ONE must have either previous Jr. Civic class/stage experience OR have been a previous ACT ONE member.*
ACT Out Ensemble
A featured part of Claude McNeal Productions (the nationally-acclaimed performance/theatre education company headquartered in Indianapolis), ACT Out is a social-issues improvisational theatre education program that centrally helps students of various ages learn to better face the difficult conflicts that are pervading and damaging societal issues in their everyday lives, encouraging students to embrace individualized solutions. Topics such as bullying, diversity, social anxiety, or anywhere from up to twenty-four other serious issues are acted out by professional actors in intense dramatic scenes, followed by frank, research-based and to the point analysis by both audience and presenters.
Founded in 1995, the ACT Out Ensemble has already helped transform the lives of more than 500,000 through the unique power of live social-issues theatre, and has been recognized by The Washington Post, CNN and Teen People Magazine for its excellence in original work.
All shows are original and researched in meetings with respected health professionals and educators, and then presented through the use of improvisation by four to six actors. ACT Out structures performances to meet the organization’s needs and provides each audience with an entertaining and educational experience. When combined with classroom-based learning, ACT Out programs are an essential element of reinforcing lessons and retention through active discussion. Our data shows that 85% of students who participated in our programs felt it assisted them with their real-life situations and daily encounters. In contrast, data shows that only 5-10% retain information in non-dramatized presentations.
ACT Out has a number of issues we can provide programming on, but specialize in the following topics for 4th through 12th graders, and meet the Indiana State Standards per the Indiana Department of Education (under the standards adjacent to each of
Bullying, including cyber- bullying- Follows Indiana Code 20-34-6-1 (under the anti-bullying and health and wellness standards)
Social Anxiety/Character Development (including self-esteem building) – Follows Indiana Code 20-30-5-5 (under family /consumer science category)
Diversity & Inclusion: Follows Indiana Code 20-30-5-7
Preventing Dating Violence (which includes choosing healthy relationships) Follows Indiana Code 20-30-5-17 and 20-30-5-6 (under the family and consumer science category)
Substance Abuse: Follows Indiana Code (under Health & Wellness) Standard 20-30-5-11
Every ACT Out performance (length, topic and format) is uniquely tailored to suit the intended grade level. Students come away from ACT Out programs with an improved self image, a feeling that they belong to a larger community, a stronger sense of character and an increased spirit of cooperation. We are dedicated to crafting programs that are meaningful to the communities we serve and committed to bringing significant change to the lives of students.
Performances generally last 45 minutes to one hour and feature a number of scenes highlighting selected topics. Scenes are immediately followed by an audience discussion, facilitated by an ACT Out director (also involving the cast), with the goals of empowering students to actively explore ideas presented in the performance, and engaging them in conversations that create continued awareness of the topics. While these discussions embrace personal responsibility and individual solutions, students are encouraged to connect their thoughts during the performance to real-life situations and emotions after the performance. That is the power of live theatre!
ACT TOO! is our fabulous new IMPROVISATION troupe and will meet regularly throughout the year to develop the skills inherent to theatrical improv and then share them with the community in public performances throughout the region.
*Students in ACT TOO must have either previous Jr. Civic class/stage experience OR have been a previous ACT TOO! member.*
African Dance by Ronne Stone (pre-k)
Students will join Ronne Stone on a journey through the regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea learning cultural traditions of song and dance along the way. With the use of body movement, students will explore the elements of rhythm, shape, space, force/energy, patterns, and stories.
AfterSchool Indy is a music education program that focuses on storytelling, music making, and music composition. Classical Music Indy has developed a program curriculum that combines interpreting and appreciating music while learning the basics of music notation. Musicians and staff guide music-making activities that involve performing music and mini composition lessons that provide instruction on writing music. With Classical Music Indy’s AfterSchool Indy program, students listen to, learn, play, and write music!
Anyone Can Dance by Phoenix Rising Dance Company
Based on the insightful children’s book “Giraffes Don’t Dance,” by Giles Andreae, this lively and interactive performance teaches students the value of self-love, pride, and confidence. Professional dancers demonstrate through beautiful choreography the bravery of being true to yourself. Anyone Can Dance emphasizes that kindness, empathy, and acceptance can help transform others and that our unique qualities are not flaws. When we find that special song, dance, or style of music, the world just fades away and we become who we are truly meant to be! This performance is interactive and small groups of students will be asked to come and dance with the performers during the show.
Arabiqa by Karim Nagi
If we can see past the fear-based news, we learn that the Arab world is full of exciting sounds, fascinating instruments, dynamic dances and costumes. Egyptian-Muslim-American musician & folk dancer Karim Nagi provides a dynamic and joyful performance that helps students and teachers hear & see the artistic side of the Arab world. The students will rhythmically clap, speak Arabic words, and be uplifted by Karim’s infectious positive energy
Art is Around the Corner by Giselle Trujillo
Every day more people realize and take actions to create a healthier environment. Lets focus on the positive and share all this knowledge. In this workshop, students will create art pieces from recycled materials, connecting to their environment, and learning about how to use creative self-expression as a method for reducing waste.
All aboard the ArtBus! This public art tour and field trip experience aims to better connect participants with the visual arts in their community and throughout Indianapolis. ArtBus routes start at your location and travel to arts and cultural institutions around town, stopping along the way to discover Indianapolis’ public art. (More detailed route information below, under Locations.) An ArtBus Conductor will help your group make sense of art works by asking open-ended questions designed to prompt close observation. S/he will also lead interactive activities that will help participants think about how art works are made and are valued, and give participants a behind-the-scenes look at artists and arts-related professions. Participants will also get an opportunity to try their hand at making their own art.
ArtBus is an ideal experience for youth 8-18 or for adults. ArtBus trips can be customized to provide professional development opportunities for visual arts educators and educators aiming to integrate history, civics, local geography with the arts.
Artist in Residence
Enhancing student learning outcomes in schools
ArtMix Artist in Residence program uses the arts to enhance education in the classroom. From preschool to grade 12, students with disabilities will expand on curriculum through the arts. ArtMix teaching artists work with classroom teachers to create a lesson plan that meets the needs of the students. Then our teaching artist will team teach with the classroom teacher, while providing tools and techniques that can be used after the residency has ended.
As professional artists, ArtMix Teaching Artists have expertise in one or more arts disciplines and skills in working with students, youth, adults and teachers. Teaching Artists are also familiar with various disabilities and effective methods for adapting techniques and differentiating instruction to reach all learners.
Artist in Residence: Melanie Sainz (Ho-Chunk)
Each year the Eiteljorg Museum hosts Native American and Western artists for one to three-week residencies. Artist experiences are available both at the museum and can be combined with gallery tours, and in your school classroom or other venue. Artists talk with students about their culture and their art and then lead them in an art making activity.
Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk) will be in residence at the museum October 12 – 23, 2021. Melanie is an artist in several media, including basketry, quillwork, and beadwork. She is Ho-Chunk and grew up in Wisconsin Dells, where her parents Roger and Bernadine Tallmadge owned and operated the Winnebago Indian Museum for many years. After a long career as an educator and artist in Arizona, Melanie returned to Wisconsin Dells to found Little Eagle Arts Foundation, or LEAF, and Native Presence Gallery and Learning Center. Native Presence hosts exhibits and workshops that provide support for emerging artists and showcase authentic Native American art.
Melanie will share her Ho-Chunk culture and traditions through artwork and storytelling, before leading students through a related art-making activity.
Artist in Residence: Richard Gabriel Jr.
Each year the Eiteljorg Museum hosts Native American and Western artists for one to three-week residencies. Artist experiences are available at the museum and can be combined with gallery tours, or in your school classroom. Artists talk with students about their culture and their art and then lead them in an art making activity.
Award winning tin artist, Richard Gabriel, Jr. will be in residence at the Eiteljorg October 26 – 30, 2021. Richard resides in Tijeras, New Mexico where he creates traditional Spanish Colonial tinwork. Richard is also a painter and sometimes uses his paintings in his tinwork. He teaches tinsmithing at Santa Fe Community College and has a studio in Tijeras.
Richard will talk about the history of New Mexican tinwork, show examples of his artwork, and do a demonstration. Students will have the opportunity to create their own unique piece of tinwork with guidance from Richard.
For more than 20 years, ArtReach has provided high-quality year-round, community-based art education to children ages 5-18 living in underserved areas of Indianapolis. This afterschool and summer studio art program serves approximately 1,000 youth at 26 sites annually. During their semester-long ArtReach class, students learn art-making, art history, art criticism and aesthetics and gain valuable self-confidence and self-expression along the way.
Every spring ArtReach students are invited to exhibit their artwork at the ArtReach Exhibition. The artwork they’ve created is professionally displayed in the Indianapolis Art Center’s galleries for their friends, family, and community to see.
ArtReach works with each partner location to identify a schedule, location, and age range. A teaching artist is selected based on the needs and qualities of the partner site. Teaching artists create curriculum unique to each site and serve as positive, caring role models for the youth they teach. Partner sites are expected to manage recruitment, assist with demographics collection, and provide an adult representative to be present during each ArtReach session.
Arts Integration Training
The Kennedy Center has spent years studying the best ways to help make the arts an integral part of all of our lives. As they have looked at the school experience, their research continues to show that students learn best in environments where learning “is active and experiential, reflective, social, evolving, and focused on problem-solving. Arts integration provides learning experiences that reflect all these characteristics.” If you are a teacher looking for ways to integrate the arts into your regular curriculum, Harrison Center artist and former high school teacher, Quincy Owens, has created a whole repository of great things to study and places in the city to take your students.
Asante Tales by Deborah Asante
Beginning with original stories, and ending with improvised stories and games, students will leave this performance knowing the importance of telling their own stories.
Author Visits with Writer-in-Residence Barbara Sho...
Our Writer-in-residence, Barbara Shoup, frequently visits high school classrooms to teach students creative writing. Shoup has published eight young adult novels, and has several decades of teaching experience. Students benefit from an increased understanding of the creative process, and of Indiana literature.
Baby Artsplay by Amauunet Ashe
Little ones will be engaged through books (storytelling and songs) with sensory, motor skills, emergent language, spatial awareness, object permanence and body movement activities. Intended for ages 6-24 months.
Beginning Ballet Class
Taught by dancer Paige Robinson, this class of formal ballet instruction introduces young dancers (ages 6 – 8) to basic positions, correct body alignment, barre work and terminology…A structured progression that creates the foundation for future dance training.
Bollywood Dance & Culture by Usha Sirimalle
Students will be introduced to the basic steps in Indian Bollywood dancing. Indian culture, language, and history is all intertwined in this movement workshop. Bollywood is a fusion of traditional and classical Indian dances with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. Students will learn poses, grace, hand and foot movements and expression, all integral parts of Bollywood dance. As they dance and act them out, students will learn the meanings of the songs.
Bringing Math Story Problems to Life through Puppe...
This three-hour teacher workshop offers a step-by-step strategy for using hand puppetry to teach students to understand and visualize math story problems. Participants will learn to use simple ball and glove puppet pantomime skits to increase their ability to turn equations into story problems, transform story problems into equations, and be more likely to achieve accurate solutions. Puppetry makes math fun!
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker - Matinee for School...
Butler Ballet is proud to present their 35th annual production of The Nutcracker. Come enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky as the dancers recreate this favorite holiday tale. The Nutcracker, based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman, is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. From the festive party scene to the enchanted Land of Sweets, students will enjoy the artistry, music and dance of this magical production.
Chancleta: A Rythmic Experience by Sancocho
Chancleta is a dance and music from the eastern part of Cuba called Oriente that was created as part of the festivities of carnivals called conga/comparsa. Students will use wooden sandals to create the rhythms to compliment the music. Musical instruments used to create the rhythm are various sounding drums, bells, shakers and some found objects. A song will be taught to complete the activity. Putting the elements of song, music and dance will create a community and replicate the interactive experience. Andre Rosa-Artis and Tony Artis will lead the dance and music.
Chancleta: Dance & Music by Sancocho
This Cuban art form is presented with a high level of student interaction. Students will learn the chancleta, a dance created by African slaves popular in the eastern part of Cuba. Students will learn the traditions rhythms as both dancers and drummers.
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 Arts Classes
Community Arts Classes provide people of all ages and all abilities with the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of art forms. Our Community Arts Classes are led by our professional teaching artists, who guide students through the art-making process.
We offer two different types of classes.
Exploratory classes are for artists of all ages. With a guided lesson plan, students explore specific techniques in a variety of art forms to further their artistic abilities. Exploratory classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays.
Our dedicated class is for artists looking for less guidance. Working with teaching artists, students have the freedom to create individualized works of art. The dedicated class is offered on Tuesdays.
Composition by Tharp-Perrin Gindhart
With a focus on the interdisciplinary dynamics between music, visual arts, and dance, students will participate as they learn about form, collaboration and critique.
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