The Indianapolis Art Center was founded in 1934 as a Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression to serve artists. Today, the Art Center inhabits a beautiful Michael Graves-designed building which sits on a 9.5 acre stretch along the banks of the White River in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis. Each year, the Art Center offers hundreds of art classes, over 50 art exhibitions in six art galleries, an Outreach program that takes art to underserved communities, and the Broad Ripple Art Fair.
The Art Center’s educational programs are intentional in facilitating the creative process of art making. The Art Center’s approach to education is warm and welcoming, but also a serious effort to engage all students in the practices of visual art. This involves equipping students with knowledge and skill, as well as empowering them to express themselves, to identify and achieve individual goals, and to develop or strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills. For decades, the Indianapolis Art Center has been a leading arts agency in the city dedicated to filling the gap in regular access to arts education among lower-income and underserved families. The Art Center’s outreach programs extend arts learning beyond the school day and support and enhance standards-based classroom curriculum. Outreach programs are rooted in Discipline Based Arts Education (DBAE), which is a comprehensive approach to arts education that incorporates four components: history, criticism, aesthetics, and production. These components play important roles in the creation and understanding of art. Outreach programs at the Art Center also foster positive youth development using strategies that promote youth outcomes relating artistic expression, identity, and community – a framework that has been validated by the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (BYAEP).
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For more than 20 years, ArtReach has provided high-quality year-round, community-based art education to children ages 5-18 living in underserved areas of Indianapolis. This afterschool and summer studio art program serves approximately 1,000 youth at 26 sites annually. During their semester-long ArtReach class, students learn art-making, art history, art criticism and aesthetics and gain valuable self-confidence and self-expression along the way.
Every spring ArtReach students are invited to exhibit their artwork at the ArtReach Exhibition. The artwork they’ve created is professionally displayed in the Indianapolis Art Center’s galleries for their friends, family, and community to see.
ArtReach works with each partner location to identify a schedule, location, and age range. A teaching artist is selected based on the needs and qualities of the partner site. Teaching artists create curriculum unique to each site and serve as positive, caring role models for the youth they teach. Partner sites are expected to manage recruitment, assist with demographics collection, and provide an adult representative to be present during each ArtReach session.
Schedules will be arranged individually with each partner location. The program operates Monday-Friday during out-of-school-time hours in the following terms:
Fall: 12 weeks between August and December
Spring: 12 weeks between January and May
Summer: 6 weeks between June and July
Partner site must provide a dedicated space adequate for art-making, access to water and basic cleaning supplies, and enough tables and chairs for all students to work comfortably. ArtReach will provide all art supplies and A/V equipment.
Fall or Spring terms (12 weeks each): $300 for up to 25 students
Summer term (6 weeks): $200 for up to 25 students