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Grant help provides diverse world of art

Grant help provides diverse world of art
Grant help provides diverse world of art
Students at Lanesville Elementary School move to music during a program funded by an Indiana Arts Commission grant. Submitted photo

The Lanesville Community School Corp. received an Indiana Art Commission grant for the 2021-22 school year. This grant allows the school’s Fine Arts department to expand its curriculum by bringing professional visual, theatre and musical artists into the classrooms.

“We have multiple mediums of Fine Art enhancing our students’ educational journey,” said Martha Beckort, the school corporation’s media specialist. “Standard-based dance, theater arts, visual arts and musical arts will be integrated into the classroom lessons.”

The grant award is $5,000, which the Harrison County Community Foundation supports with a matching grant.

“We are excited to bring our artists into our school this year, with the option for meeting virtually if necessary,” Beckort said. “Several of our visiting artists are part of Arts for Learning Indiana, a non-profit organization in Indianapolis, which organizes artists for school workshops and residency.”

Arts for Learning artists visiting Lanesville this school year are Robin McBride Scott (metal embossing and Native American effigy pottery), Kris Hurst (using elements of art to communicate and problem solve), Justin Sears Watson (Life Is Dance) and Joshua Thompson (mood music).

Local artists include University of Louisville professor Jason Cumberledge, guest conductor of the Lanesville High School band; Trish Korte, Jacquard silk painting and Japanese Shibori painting; and Aaron Boaz, guest director of the Lanesville High School choir.

“Our senior English class will participate in Exploring Shakespeare: Macbeth with a visiting educator from Indiana Repertory Theatre,” Beckort said.

A school assembly is scheduled for May with Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s Tanoshi Taiko Drumming for Lanesville Elementary and Lanesville Junior-Senior High School students.

“Art is essential in the education of the whole child,” Beckort said. “It is an avenue which gives students permission to be creative, use problem-solving skills and to experience cultural differences.”

Events from the art grant from last school year can be viewed on the school’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.