ARTREACH


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 free 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.


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Every spring ArtReach students are invited to exhibit their artwork at the ArtReach Exhibition. The artwork they’ve created is professionally displayed in the Art Center’s Hurt and Clowes galleries for their friends, family, and community to see.


If you would like more information about Artreach, contact Kat Toebes, Community Programs Manager, at KToebes@IndplsArtCenter.org or 317.255.2464 x 2220.


SMART


The SMART program (Supportive Mentoring through ART) is a unique partnership between the Indianapolis Art Center, Starfish Initiative and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. It is a year-long structured art program for youth between the ages of 12-18 from underserved areas of Indianapolis with an interest and/or talent in the visual arts. Youth and Mentors together attend a series of specialized art classes in a variety of mediums at the Art Center.


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Each year, 20 youth and their mentors work one-on-one with professional artists in classes at the Art Center. The goals of the SMART program are to:


  • Provide an advanced opportunity for youth who are underserved or facing significant life challenges to develop their artistic skills through participating in high-quality classes, field trips and workshops led by professional, working artists. Increase artistic engagement, art making skills, knowledge of careers and resources.
  • Foster positive Youth Development by developing critical thinking and problem solving skills through solving artistic challenges; reflecting on processes, context and product during art making and through critique; increasing ability to express oneself and convey feelings and thoughts via art in a safe, social setting.
  • Strengthen the bond between youth and their adult mentors by sparking mentor-youth dialogue; engaging in personal/emotional expression; participating in a shared experience and challenge; and equalizing the youth/adult dynamic through allowing opportunities for youth to be experts.
  • Connect youth to their community by increasing sense of belonging to Art Center community; increasing respect for others, empathy, ability to communicate and work with individuals who are different; and providing recognition, appreciation and acknowledgment of youth’s achievements.

After completing a full year of classes each student is awarded a certificate of completion. Several outstanding students are chosen to continue their art education at the Art Center through an extended program called SMART+.


If you would like more information about the SMART Program, contact Jheny Nieto, Young Adult Programs Manager, at JNieto@IndplsArtCenter.org or 317.255.2464 x 2370.


MAJOR FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS PROVIDED BY
THE EUGENE AND MARILYN GLICK FOUNDATION

Additional support from Transformation Trust, Inc. and Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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SMART EXHIBITION


JUNE 9 - AUGUST 5, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION • JUNE 9, 2017 • 6-9 PM

Program and Awards Ceremony • 7 pm


The SMART program (Supportive Mentoring through ART) is a unique partnership between the Indianapolis Art Center, Starfish Initiative and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. It is a year-long structured art program for youth between the ages of 12-18 from underserved areas of Indianapolis with an interest and/or talent in the visual arts. Youth and Mentors together attend a series of specialized art classes in a variety of mediums at the Art Center.


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SMART+


Participating teen artists are supported by a professional artist and their individual adult mentors in their experimentation with new art forms and the exploration of possibilities for their career futures as artists.


The SMART+ program (Supportive Mentoring through ART) is an advanced program for teen artists developing their artistic voice. They have ownership over the projects they choose during the year-long program. SMART+ follows an open studio format that fosters a student-driven learning environment.


SMART+ students are graduates of the SMART program, an initial year-long studio art program for youth ages 12-18 working with their adult mentors through Starfish Initiative and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. SMART+ accepts six mentoring matches annually, and students can choose to reapeat the program until their 18th birthday or high school graduation.


If you would like more information about the SMART Program, contact Jheny Nieto, Young Adult Programs Manager, at JNieto@IndplsArtCenter.org or 317.255.2464 x 2370.


MAJOR FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS PROVIDED BY
THE EUGENE AND MARILYN GLICK FOUNDATION

Additional support from Transformation Trust, Inc. and Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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SMART+ EXHIBITION

INVISIBLE MADE VISIBLE: ORDER AND DISORDER


JUNE 9 - AUGUST 5, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION • JUNE 9, 2017 • 6-9 PM

Program and Awards Ceremony • 7 pm


Invisible Made Visible: Order and Disorder is an exhibition of artwork created, curated and installed by students in the Indianapolis Art Center’s SMART+ program. Participating teen artists are supported by a professional artist and their individual adult mentors in their experimentation with new art forms and the exploration of possibilities for their career futures as artists.


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INSIDER ART


In 2014, the Sheriff’s department approached the Indianapolis Art Center with a compelling reality: teens in the general population of the Marion County Jail were repeatedly being caught with a specific kind of contraband – artwork and art supplies. From a portrait created with Kool-Aide to pillowcases transformed into canvas, these juveniles were trying to find a positive outlet in a very hard situation.

 

Together, we created Insider Art, because we know that art can be a peaceful outlet for self-expression, a tool to channel frustrations, and an opportunity to reflect on new pathways. Through weekly studio art classes, juveniles in the general population of the Marion County Jail will have the chance to think about themselves through three new concepts: I Am, I Create, and We Connect. Insider Art is designed to help these young people build confidence and skills to navigate a difficult situation and make positive choices for their futures.


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Insider Art will:


  • Inspire students to use their innate creativity in positive ways
  • Foster empathy and cooperation through the creative process
  • Build art skills, knowledge and visual literacy
  • Provide a safe, positive opportunity for self-expression and formation of identity
  • Encourage positive community impact and opportunities to give back through art

Why Sheriff John Layton supports Insider Art: “Through the power of art and self-expression, we are able to give these young inmates a new way to look at the world. Through art, they can see beauty and feel freedom. It is our great hope that they will be able to take the lessons they learn in these art classes and choose to leave their own positive impression on the world around them.”


If you would like more information about the Insider Art Program, contact Kat Toebes, Community Programs Manager, at KToebes@IndplsArtCenter.org or 317.255.2464 x 2220.


TEEN ART COUNCIL


The Indianapolis Art Center’s Teen Art Council (TAC) is a free program for motivated, energetic, high-school-age youth who want to participate in visual art outside of the classroom and engage in the larger arts community in Indianapolis.

Members of the Teen Art Council work with peers, professional artists and Indianapolis Art Center staff to develop and deliver art projects and programs that engage teen audiences. TAC projects may include planning and executing teen-centric events at the Art Center or creating, curating and installing art exhibits.


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TAC holds regular meetings at the Art Center during the school year. If you would like to join the Teen Art Council, contact Jheny Nieto, Young Adult Programs Manager, at JNieto@IndplsArtCenter.org or 317.255.2464 x 2370.