More than 50 years old and 8,500 members strong, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) strives to promote percussion through education, research, and performances across the world. To carry out this mission, the organization includes more than 50 chapters in the US and 28 chapters abroad, all of which communicate online via resources such as lessons, free practice exercises, and annual events. Each year PAS hosts the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention—the largest of its kind in the world—in which exhibitors convene to showcase the newest developments in percussion technology, instruments, and publications. The convention also includes over 120 clinics and performances with lauded artists covering all genres and styles of music.
Crafted by a cognitive scientist and a design team from the University of Washington according to state academic standards, the A4L program includes five units that merge traditional literacy-education techniques with activities such as theater exercises to accommodate different learning styles. The program anchors lessons in familiar stories such as The Three Little Pigs, with the goal of raising student achievement in both reading and writing. After participating in the A4L lessons, students have shown increased enjoyment in reading, as well as improvement in reading ability, which teachers report appeals to students of various reading levels and backgrounds. Each student will receive a copy of the book from their particular A4L program and an accompanying workbook.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is committed to offering amazing educational opportunities to adults and children in their 472,900 square-foot facility. As the biggest children’s museum in the world, they offer hundreds of incredible exhibits to visitors. Come and explore the world of history, nature, the arts and more! One of their most popular exhibits is called, “Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World” and it features lifelike replicas of dinosaurs in realistic settings that include sensational lighting and sound to immerse spectators in the world of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The Museum is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reach the children of the world in an entertaining and fun venue that leaves an indelible impression on young minds. They house at least 120,000 relics, specimens and artifacts such as the Minnie Mouse Mask and the Lego Phone. They are located at 3000 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana and welcome groups of all sizes.
The Indiana Historical Society takes care to ensure that the people of Indiana remain connected to their important historical past. As the state’s foremost research library, IHS is a non-profit organization supported by the state and generous donations from local individuals and businesses. Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has proudly held the responsibility of preserving the state’s significant historical relics, publications and artifacts. They are one of the oldest historical societies in the U.S. As part of their ongoing commitment to Indiana residents, they support local museums as well. Each year, the IHS sponsors workshops, produces art exhibits and publishes various periodicals in an effort to keep the history of Indiana alive and relevant to each generation. They are located at 450 W. Ohio Street.
Take a tour of America’s 23rd President’s home and learn history first-hand. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home offers regular 75-minute tours that give insight into the life of the former president. A perfect activity for organizations and history buffs, the home is open Monday- Saturday for hourly tours. Attend the home during one of their events and participate in themed activities that enrich the educational experience. For special event, you can even rent the rooms and grounds around the home. Whether you enjoy classic American architecture or American history, at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home, you are sure to find something you love.
Catering to the growing minds of toddlers as well as preteens, kidscommons features three floors of interactive exhibits that introduce basic scientific concepts and kindle creativity. The Gateway Bridge Laser Harp, for example, allows visitors to invent a catchy melody using an instrument made without traditional strings. Meanwhile, a human-sized robotic arm lets kids control a mechanical shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers while attempting to perform simple tasks. In addition to a 17-foot climbing wall, the museum hosts a small aquarium that mimics the micro-ecosystem of Indiana creeks and waterways, complete with fish, Hoosier mermaids, and other aquatic lifeforms.