PACE Program

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Interested in applying for PACE? Click here to read the guidelines.

The PACE program was established during 2014 as the Commission’s new initiative to promote arts education and impact student growth and achievement. PACE is intended to assist and enable elementary schools and artists/arts organizations in establishing long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships. Arts experiences occur at regular intervals throughout the entire school year, align with the academic curriculum, and are integrated into classroom literacy activities.

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Annual end-of-year reports indicate program progress and fulfillment. Review of these by the PACE Advisory Committee and approval of the Commissioners will serve as recommendation for continued funding in successive years. Student success is measured by a common evaluation process developed for use in all participating partnerships and as a means of data collection and analysis.

Current PACE Partnerships

Program Name Partners City Region
"Dance, Writing and the Indiana Dunes" Young Audiences Indiana, Inc. (Arts for Learning) and Pine Elementary School Michigan City 1
"The Play's the Thing! - Drama in the Classroom" Robinson Community Learning Center at the University of Notre Dame and McKinley Primary Center South Bend 2
"D is for Dancing" Fort Wayne Dance Collective (FWDC) and South Wayne Elementary School Fort Wayne 3
"The Big Picture - Literacy Through Art" Indiana State University's Community School of the Arts and Meadows Elementary School Terre Haute 6
"Art Colony" Brown County Art Guild and Van Buren Elementary School Nashville 8


Proposals for partnerships will be reviewed for acceptance and funding by an advisory committee comprised of representatives from both the educational and arts communities. Either a 501c3 arts organization or eligible school may submit the proposal.

Current eligible schools will be:

  • Indiana elementary public, private, parochial, or charter schools
  • Schools performing below the state average passing rate on spring 2015/2016 state standardized assessments in English/Language Arts and Math (51.6%) and having a Free/Reduced Meal rate above 45%.
  • Programs should not be continuations or expansions of existing partnerships but may include schools that have had limited arts experiences outside of the regular arts classroom.

Preference will be given to partnerships located in the 2018 PACE target IAC regions which have not previously had a PACE partnership.

We are now accepting applications for this program per the eligibility requirements above. 

Download the guidelines for additional specific partnership requirements

Please note: For access to the online application you must first contact the program manager (information below).

For more information contact:
Stephanie Haines
Arts Education and Accessibility Manager