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Open House Art Exhibit: 

Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 6-8pm | Edison School of the Arts, IPS #47

To attend the open house, please send your RSVP to Ploi at


IPS #47 Edison School of the Arts

Edison School of the Arts purpose is to provide rigorous academics through the implementation of arts integration infused directly into the core curriculum. Additionally, Edison offers unprecedented visual and performing arts opportunities to our K-8 students. Edison School of the Arts is a located just blocks southwest of downtown’s center. Edison boasts a beautiful learning garden, chickens that  harvest eggs, a great view of downtown Indianapolis, a gorgeous view of the Indianapolis White River, outdoor learning spaces, a soccer field, and many butterfly and flower gardens. Edison is a one-of-a-kind school in Indianapolis as there is not another school in a 50-mile radius that has the level of arts offerings, true arts integration, and architectural features for the arts such as a dance studio, black box theater, digital design lab, piano lab, band and strings room and more.



Meet the Artist – Samuel Levi Jones

Samuel Levi Jones was born and raised in Marion, Indiana. Trained as a photographer and multidisciplinary artist, he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from Taylor University and a B.F.A from Herron School of Art and Design in 2009. He received his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in 2012. His work is informed by historical source material and early modes of representation in documentary practice. He explores the framing of power structures and struggles between exclusion and equality by desecrating historical material, then re-imagining new works.  Jones investigates issues of manipulation and the rejection of control in a broad sense.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Joyce Alexander Wein artist prize awarded to him by the Studio Museum in Harlem.  His work is in prominent private and public collections including SF MOMA, The Rubell Family Collection, LACMA, and the Studio Museum in Harlem to name a few.

Meet the Teaching Artists

Deborah Asante 
Deborah Asante is a storytelling and performance artist based in Indianapolis. A practitioner of her art form for more than 20 years, Deborah has worked with Arts for Learning for more than 10 years. In her performances, Deborah uses words to paint pictures, transporting young audiences to different locations and eras throughout history. Throughout her career, Deborah has received numerous awards, including the Aesop Cup for Tall Tales and the Zora Neale Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers. The Arts Council of Indianapolis has also honored her twice as a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. “Storytelling seeds the imagination and strengthens vocabulary,” she says. “I always hope to inspire children to tell their own stories and deepen their appreciation stories and literature in general. Students are always reachable, even when it appears otherwise.” To learn more about Deborah, visit her website.
Theon Lee
Theon Lee is an Indianapolis-native performance artist with expertise in the fields of hip hop (as an emcee), poetry (in spoken word), and folk (as a vocalist/guitarist/songwriter). Since 2010, Theon has performed to diverse crowds across the Midwest region, and has rooted himself in Teaching Artistry. He has worked with K-12 schools, recreational and afterschool programs, and programs for at-risk youth. In 2016, Theon joined forces with the Arts For Learning, and developed a curriculum that introduces hip hop to mathematics. To learn more about Theon, click here
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