Art can have a huge impact on a community, and a group of students from Center for Inquiry School 84 took a big step toward making Indianapolis brighter. These students were honored by Mayor Greg Ballard for public art proposals they sent to his office for consideration.

Under the guidance of Media Specialist Kathleen Ramey, CFI 84 students researched and wrote proposals for permanent works of art suitable for our public parks. All of the ideas centered on the theme “UP” and what the word means personally for each student. Students drafted proposal packets and created models of their artwork for submission.

The entire student body narrowed the pool of proposals down to five to send to the mayor’s office. Corbin K., Bella T., Paris H., Violet H., and Angus M. all met Mayor Ballard January 9, and he presented them with certificates for their hard work on the project.

“It’s amazing what children sometimes see that we can’t,” said Mayor Ballard, “and it’s refreshing for adults to embrace that talent.”

The mayor also gave these imaginative students tools to continue pushing their proposals. He suggested local organizations committed to improving the city’s public spaces, and added they’re likely to be interested in the inspiring work of our young citizens. Hopefully we’ll see the inspiration of our CFI 84 students at city parks in the future!