PACE Program

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The Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (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


Click here to download the guidelines for partnership requirements.

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

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