Each year teachers from across Indiana are invited to share the artistic accomplishments of their students in the annual Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibit – organized by representatives of the Art Education Association of Indiana, held at the Indiana Statehouse. This year, five talented students from Eliza Blaker Eliza Blaker School 55 showcased their gift in the exhibit.


Indiana Superintendent and honorary chairperson of Youth Art Month, Glenda Ritz began the opening reception last Sunday with student recognitions for all participants; each one of our artistic scholars was awarded a medal for their hard work.


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Eliza Blaker student artists include: 
Imani Dowdy – 1st grade
Kaylen Pearson – 1st  grade
Alexis Lee – 4th grade
Kimberly Hernandez – 4th grade
Zoe Marquez – 6th grade

Often deemed a pleasant pastime activity, art education has taken a major hit within public schools throughout our nation. However, IPS believes that fine arts are vital to success – offering our students a creative outlet to build a sense of community and to promote creative problem solving.


“Art education plays a role in expanding students’ ability to communicate.  It broadens students’ horizons by exposing them to cultures they may never experience in any other setting, and provides opportunities for students to express their own points of view.  Most significantly, art experiences can be therapeutic in a number of ways.  Whether it be the sensory quality of materials or the expressive qualities they possess, art education engages students in unique ways that cannot be replicated in other classrooms,” says Heather Boelke, Art Educator from Eliza Blaker School 55. 


As work continues in the monthly planning process for citywide implementation of the Any Given Child program, Indianapolis Public Schools remains committed to arts education and encourages all of our students to continue pursuing their creative passions. 


We invite our families, friends and fellow art-enthusiasts to visit the Indiana Statehouse through March 26, 2016 to check out the amazing creations from our talented students!