ArtReach – AYS partners with the Indianapolis Art Center

For two hours each Monday afternoon, AYS participants at Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE) are visited by artists from the Indianapolis Art Center through the ArtReach program. The artists lead lessons on a variety of techniques, and the children are able to make their own art creations using their newly learned skills. Some of the artwork is taken home and some are saved for exhibitions.

SENSE students have worked on a variety of different projects. Their vast range of work includes acrylic painting, watercolor painting, and print work.

The program helps AYS kids become their best. When kids’ creativity is valued, they see a boost in their self-esteem. “When students observe IAC teachers’ confidence and enjoyment (in the students’ work), it impacts their engagement and motivation,” AYS Northern Regional Program Manager Robyn Baker said.

For over 20 years, ArtReach has provided high-quality and community-based art education to children ages 5-18 living in underserved areas of Indianapolis. The aligned missions help provide the highest quality of educational enrichment.

Some of the artwork will be on display in April at the Indianapolis Art Center. Wednesday, April 25 is set as a tentative date for the exhibit to open. When students see their work in the Hurt and Clowes galleries, it makes them feel a sense of accomplishment.

“This is an exciting enrichment opportunity for our students and their families,” Baker said. “This opportunity promotes confidence and expands their knowledge in the arts.”


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