PACE Program

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The Indiana Arts Commission’s Partnering Arts, Community, and Education (PACE) arts integration research program is establishing a model for elementary schools and artists / arts organizations to achieve long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships in the classroom. PACE matches teaching artists with classrooms for focused, year-long arts experiences aligning with academic curriculum, and integrated into classroom literacy activities.

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Recent data collected indicates arts integration helps improve student attitudes and may be positively influencing literacy development. PACE research is ongoing and expanding into three new schools this year for a total of nine partnerships statewide that are impacting 771 students at critical stages of academic development. We applaud you for playing a significant role in this groundbreaking initiative.

Current PACE Partnerships

Grant Recipient Partner School PACE Program Status Grade Level(s) Discipline City Region
Young Audiences Indiana, Inc. (Arts for Learning) Pine Elementary School Year 3 4, 5 Dance Michigan City 1
Robinson Community Learning Center at the University of Notre Dame McKinley Primary Center Year 3 4 Theatre South Bend 2
Fort Wayne Dance Collective (FWDC) South Wayne Elementary School Year 2 1, 2 Dance Fort Wayne 3
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Woodland Elementary Planning Phase 2 Theatre Lafayette 4
Marion Community School of the Arts John W. Kendall Elementary Planning Phase 2 Music Marion 5
Indiana State University's Community School of the Arts Meadows Elementary School Year 3 1, 2, 3 Visual Arts Terre Haute 6
Arts Council of Indianapolis IPS #5 James Russell Lowell Planning Phase 3 Theatre Indianapolis 7
Brown County Art Guild  Van Buren Elementary School Year 2 1, 2 Visual Arts Nashville 8
Arts Council of Southern Indiana S. Ellen Elementary Planning Phase 3, 4 Visual Arts New Albany  12


PACE Guidelines
Details on partnerships approved December 2017

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