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Arts Learning

What is Arts Learning?

Arts Learning is a broad term that includes (but is not limited to) arts education, community arts learning, arts workshops, residencies, and educational performances. These experiences are for the very youngest to the very oldest and everyone in between. We believe everyone in the state of Indiana should have the opportunity to find the joy in creating, and we support those who help facilitate that creating. The artists, arts organizations, and arts teachers in our state do the important job of communicating the simple beauty of complex art skills and concepts to others so everyone can join in on the arts.

Current Arts Learning Opportunities from the Indiana Arts Commission

Arts Project Support

Community nonprofits and schools are eligible for Arts Project Support grants that are open for applications every year January through March 1. This grant provides funding to nonprofits to support a specific projects, such as a one-time event; a single production; an exhibition; a workshop; or a series of related arts activities.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

Stories from the Field

Tackling Opioids through Youth Theatre

The opioid epidemic has become an increasing concern in Indiana, and because youth are most likely to start experimenting with drugs between the ages of 10 and 14, many are wrestling with how to talk to them about this growing crisis.
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Creatively Educating a 21st Century Ready Workforce

In honor of arts in education week, the IAC teamed up with the Indiana Office of Career Connections and Talent (CCT) to take a look at 21st Century Talent Regions and how creativity is playing a role in developing Indiana’s workforce.
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What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Soft skills or more? Join as we dive into what Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is and how the arts can be supportive with Lacey Bohlen of the Indiana Department of Education.
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Arts Integration: An Effective Use of Community Resources

Is supporting arts programs just a nice thing to do or does it really have an impact on students' learning? Six years of research examining arts programs in schools shows its impact.
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Arts Learning Resources