2016 is Indiana’s Bicentennial.  What better way to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday than to ask students to explore their own cultural heritage in Indiana. Arts for Learning (AFL) is celebrating this grand milestone with a new statewide program that supports creative and cultural understanding and encourages young people to celebrate their local history. AFL is sponsoring an online writing and photo exhibition along with up to twelve “Hoosier Pride and Cultural Legacy” photography workshops in high schools across the state. Along with the photography workshops, Arts for Learning and the National Writing Project-Indiana are sponsoring a writing exhibition for students in grades 1-5 all across the state.

We want to inspire kids to be excited about learning. The online exhibition is our way of creating an arena for student artists to display their work in a professional atmosphere.  We want to encourage the excitement of being a part of an artist exhibit by making it accessible for students to share their writing and photography with family and friends through an easy online link.

About the photography workshops:
 Professional photographer and teaching artist William Rasdell will lead photography workshops for high school students focused on creating images displaying and celebrating local cultural heritage. These workshops can be for afterschool clubs, community center groups, school art classes, or other interested school classes. Sites to receive workshops will be chosen through an application process. The application can be found on this website. One school from each region of the state will be chosen to receive a free workshop to represent their local cultural heritage.

Selected images from student submissions will be used in a final image created by William Rasdell and put on the display at Clowes Memorial Hall on their Monumental Wall display. All images submitted will be posted in our photo exhibition on this site.* Selected work will also be used in a final anthology book.
*all work deemed appropriate for this project will be posted online, at the discretion of AFL.

About the writing exhibition:
This exhibition is specifically for students in grades 1-5. Writing samples can be submitted on this website through our online application.
Students may choose to focus on the culture of their city, town, county, neighborhood, or community.  All submitted student writing will be posted on this website.*  Selected submissions will be placed in a Community Cultural Legacy Anthology.
*all work deemed appropriate for this project will be posted online, at the discretion of AFL.