Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
Perry Township students have an abundance of gifts in academics, athletics and fine arts. We consider ourselves fortunate to have a community that values and supports each of these areas.
On April 13 and 14 we are excited to host arts enthusiasts at Perry Meridian High School during our 56th annual Art Show. The event will feature art from all of our schools and every grade level. Every year we’re blown away by the quality of our students’ masterpieces. I’ve even purchased a few pieces myself. Each year there’s such a variety, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, textiles and so much more.
On Thursday, April 13, festivities will feature the “Chair”ity” Art Auction with bidding beginning at 6 p.m. As the name suggests, several chairs will be placed on the auction block. All proceeds will benefit our Kirsten Richardson Memorial Scholarship. Kirsten was a 2004 graduate who died in an accident shortly after graduation. A talented artist, she was dedicated to community service. The recipient of this scholarship must exemplify these characteristics.
There are plenty of activities for our youngest, budding artists well. On Friday, April 14, Perry Meridian’s Advanced Placement art students will host free art lessons for interested children. Sessions will include the following topics:
• Ink exploration and watercolor silhouettes at 6:30 p.m.
• Expressive color theory and foreshortened animals at 7:30 p.m.
• Clay vessels and expressive color with pen at 8 p.m.
At Perry Township Schools we believe in the importance of art. In fact, numerous studies present evidence that connects student learning in the arts to a variety of benefits, academically and socially. For example, researchers believe exposure to art education promotes self-directed learning, improves school attendance and sharpens critical and creative skills. Studies show that access to arts education in school offers benefits to students who come from low-income families and those who are at risk of dropping out.
It is such a privilege to bear witness to the creative expression of our young artists year after year. We also appreciate all of the volunteers who devote hours of their time to coordinate this event. We are confident that this year’s artwork will inspire and enlighten audiences, just as it has in years past.
We look forward to seeing you there.