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Partnering Arts, Communities and Education (PACE)

Currently accepting proposals for FY2016. Application info here.

Program Description

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.

Four pilot partnerships were approved by the Commission to finalize plans and begin professional development during the spring semester of 2015, leading to full program implementation during the 2015-16 school year. Qualified applicants are asked to develop a balanced and effective partnership that reflects cooperative planning and integrated teaching and learning experiences focusing on one arts discipline.

Family and community awareness and engagement is an important component of PACE, as is increased student community awareness, understanding and involvement.

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.


Proposals for partnerships are 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. Programs should not be continuations or expansions of existing partnerships.

Eligible schools are:

- Indiana elementary public, private, parochial, or charter schools

- Schools performing below the state average passing rate on spring 2015 state standardized assessments in English/Language Arts and Math and having a Free/Reduced Meal rate above 55%

- Representative of urban, rural, and underserved populations

IAC funding supports successive years for current partnerships;  annual budget projections determine the number of new partnerships that can be established and supported.

Application Information

For more information contact:

Sarah Fronczek, Community Development Manager and Arts Education Coordinator

Phone: 317-232-1274

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