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PACE Program

The PACE Program is no longer accepting partnership applications. Research results coming soon!

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About the Program

The Partnering Arts, Communities, & Education (PACE) program was established by the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) in 2014 for the purpose of establishing long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships between elementary schools with high poverty/low performing populations and arts organizations to impact student growth and achievement through extended arts and literacy experiences. PACE arts experiences occur as part of the academic day, at frequent and regular intervals throughout the entire school year, and align with the school’s planned academic curriculum. Arts educators and teaching artists collaborated to plan and provide instruction in the arts and to conduct ongoing assessments of student learning in the arts. 

Download the Program Summary


2015-2016 PACE project report
2016-2017 PACE project report
2017-2018 PACE project report
2015-2018 Selected Findings


City Grant Recipient Partner School
Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Dance Collective South Wayne Elementary School
Indianapolis Arts Council of Indianapolis IPS #51 James Russell Lowell
Kokomo Honeywell Center Boulevard STEM Elementary
Marion Marion Community School of the Arts John W. Kendall Elementary
Michigan City Arts for Learning Pine Elementary School
Nashville Brown County Art Guild Van Buren Elementary School
New Albany Carnegie Center for Art and History S. Ellen Jones Elementary
South Bend Robinson Community Learning Cetner at the University of Notre Dame McKinley Primary Center
Terre Haute Indiana State University's Community School of the Arts Meadows Elementary School

Program Contact

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Stephanie Haines
Arts Education and Accessibility Manager
Indiana Arts Commission


(317) 232-1274

Resources for existing partnerships