The Crystal Client Spotlight shines on Arts for Learning

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Studies show that children and teens who participate in the arts perform better academically, are more likely to receive community service awards and score higher on college admission tests. And that’s where Arts for Learning comes in. Since 1961, this Indiana affiliate of Young Audiences, has been connecting Hoosier children with the power of art, reaching nearly 64,000 youth each year.

Arts for Learning, an Alerding CPA Group client, is the oldest and largest nonprofit provider of professional arts in education programs in the state. It works with more than 60 professional teaching artists who provide performances, workshops and residencies to schools, libraries, parks and community organizations. Arts for Learning’s programs encompass many disciplines, including theatre, dance, storytelling, and visual arts.

In July, Arts for Learning relocated to the former Indianapolis Public School (IPS) #27 which provides a gymnasium and classroom space for hosting neighborhood events, like its recent Creativity Fest, in addition to taking programs out into communities.

“We believe that art helps spark curiosity and ignite creativity when you connect it with learning,” said Joellen Florio Rossebo, President and CEO of Arts for Learning. “And our new space in the old IPS building will allow us to conduct even more outreach,” she added.

“We’ve been conducting Arts for Learning’s annual audits and preparing its tax Form 990 since 2000,” said Mike Alerding, Alerding CPA Group Senior Director, “and it’s been very gratifying watching how it’s grown and expanded its offerings,” he added.

Arts for Learning is expanding their programming to bring the arts to more community settings. In addition to its childhood programs, Arts for Learning now offers Intergenerational Programs, Arts for Healing in healthcare settings, services for at-risk youth and even corporate teambuilding workshops. To find out how Arts for Learning can assist your community or business, visit its website: