Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences
Providing statewide arts-in-education services for more than 61,000 children each year since 1961
Based in Indianapolis, Arts for Learning is the oldest and largest provider of professional arts programs for children in the state. Arts for Learning fulfills its mission through performances, workshops, and residency programs conducted by professional teaching artists in-school, after-school, and out-of-school. Arts for Learning augmenst this activity with an array of professional development opportunities designed to help teachers and teaching artists bring the arts into the school environment more effectively. Arts for Learning’s arts in education programs serve more than 60,000 children, youth, and adults in 29 counties across the state of Indiana annually.
Over the years Arts for Learning has made a significant impact on school-based arts programming, the arts community, and artists. In the early 1970's it formed a Modern Dance ensemble which evolved into the renowned Dance Kaleidoscope program headquartered at Butler University. In the mid 1970's Arts for Learning incorporated as a separate 501(c) (3) organization, and by the end of the decade it had won funding for programs in the Indianapolis Public Schools system and other schools from such notable organizations as the United States Department of Education, the Lilly Endowment, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Last year alone, they provided more than 1,759 hours of arts in education programming to Indiana children through 380 performances, 1,714 single workshops, and more than 70 in-depth residencies programmed with 101 school and community partners.