Arts in the Parks
Arts in the Parks: beginning in 1977, stands
at the forefront of summer arts programs nationwide. From
its modest beginnings in two communities in Jay County, Arts
in the Parks has grown over the last thirty years to include
17 communities in the counties of Adams in Indiana and
Mercer and Auglaize in Ohio. This unique program provides
art instruction to hundreds of students annually by
literally taking the arts to them. Noted artists from both
international and national acclaim share the arts with
students 7 to 14 years of age. All disciplines are covered
including the visual arts, dance, theater, and music.
Community collaboration and support for the program has
allowed this program to grow.
Artists in Residence
Artists in Residence:
Artist residencies are designed to place trained,
knowledgeable, practicing professional artists, who are
enthusiastic and motivated, into settings where they can
share the joy and benefits of the creative process.
Through residency programs in craft, dance, folk arts,
interdisciplinary arts, literature, media arts, music,
theatre and visual arts, schools and service agencies can
expect to improve themselves and strengthen their
In school settings, residency artists are prepared to
connect to other curricular areas. Residency artists link
the arts to areas beyond their artistic specialty enabling
them to work with a diverse group of students and
instructors. In nonprofit service settings, residency
artists are sensitive to the needs of various communities
and also the potential that lies within each individual.
Based on the idea that a creative mind is a healthy mind,
CreativeWorks offers instruction in not only the visual arts
(ArtWorks), but also
literary arts (PenWorks), theatre arts and dance (StageWorks),
and music (MusicWorks).
Classes range from traditional techniques in oil painting
and ceramic design to yoga and belly dancing. Instructors
provide a high standard of education to students and
dedication within the classroom.
Major funding for
MusicWorks is provided the The George and
Frances Ball Foundation. Major funding
for MusicWorks in Blackford County is
provided by Pacesetter Bank, The Blackford
County Community Foundation and the Opal
Greenlee Memorial Fund.
Scholarship support for instructional programs
is provided by MainSource Bank and Dr. G's
Memorial Scholarship Fund. ArtWorks at the
Collective Center is sponsored by Minster Bank.
PenWorks is provided in cooperation with the
College Community Arts Council and Wright State
University Lake Campus.