For Immediate Release
May 19, 2016
Contact: Haley Baas
Arts for Learning
Phone (317) 925-4043×120
College Park Elementary creates “College Park Wetlands” with Arts for Learning
Indianapolis – May 19, 2016…College Park Elementary of the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township has created a “College Park Wetlands” clay installation with Arts for Learning teaching artist Jude Odell. Nearly 300 students in first through fourth grades were involved in the project.
Over two weeks of workshops in February, the students created hand-built clay sculptures that they then painted and glazed. The sculptures represent a variety of animal and plant life found in a wetland, including fish, salamanders, turtles, snails, birds, rabbits, and flowers.
The “College Park Wetlands” display is installed in a courtyard near the school library. The clay sculptures, which were mounted on metal rods, are arranged to resemble scenes from a wetland, such as fish and waterlilies in a pond. The finished project will be officially revealed during an open house on Thursday, May 19, at College Park Elementary.
The “College Park Wetlands” project was funded through College Park Elementary’s Run for the Arts fundraiser, with additional support from Arts for Learning. Run for the Arts is a fundraising program sponsored by Arts for Learning through which schools earn money that is dedicated specifically to Arts for Learning programming. The metal rods used in the installation were provided by Sign Craft Industries.
As the oldest and largest provider of professional arts in education programs in the state, Arts for Learning works with more than 60 teaching artists who provide performances, workshops and residencies to schools, libraries, parks and community organizations. Arts for Learning reaches more than 67,000 Indiana children and youth every year.