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Inside Arts program reaches students at the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center

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Left: Artist Garret Uyeno demonstrates Japanese calligraphy techniques at a community event in Indianapolis. Right: Calligraphy done by a student at Bartholomew County Youth Services Center on Friday, June 25th in Columbus, Indiana.

Indianapolis – June 1, 2014 … Children thrive with access to the arts. With high arts involvement, young people are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair. The arts provide a means to encourage, inspire, and motivate Hoosier students in the classroom and beyond.

The mission of Arts for Learning is to provide access to quality arts in education programs to Indiana students – no matter where their classroom may be. The organization sends professional teaching artists to instruct on topics ranging from traditional African dance to video game design in classrooms at schools, community centers, hospitals, and juvenile detention centers across the state.

On Friday, June 27th, the students of the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center dipped into the art of Japanese calligraphy, Shodo, with artist Garret Uyeno. The seven male students learned the symbols for “mountain,” “river,” and their own names while discussing the cultural significance of the writing techniques in comparison with other ancient styles, like Chinese calligraphy and Egyptian hieroglyphics. At the end of the 45 minute session, the students bowed to their “Sensei” (Uyeno) and left the classroom with their artwork in hand.

“Garret’s Japanese Calligraphy workshop is full of energy and information. My students really enjoy learning the art form and about the culture which created it,” says Shawn Charlton, teacher at Bartholomew County Youth Services Center.

Arts for Learning is able to provide “Inside Arts” programs thanks to funders including the Sheila Fortune Foundation, the Haddad Foundation, and the Pacers Foundation. With their support, the organization annually reaches more than 800 students at five juvenile service centers throughout the state. To learn more about Arts for Learning programs, or to donate to Inside Arts, visit


July 1, 2014
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