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Seeking Artistic Teens



Attention artistic teenagers throughout Indianapolis, if you are interested in engaging in the arts community, the Indianapolis Art Center is holding a call out meeting for the formation of the Indianapolis Art Center Teen Advisory Council  (IACTAC) tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

You may be asking yourself, what is a teen art council?

It is a group of high school-aged youth who are going to be planning teen-centered events and exhibitions, as well as doing community art projects throughout Indianapolis.

Wendy Spacek, 25, the Young Adult Programs Manager for the Indianapolis Art Center, is hoping to gather an eclectic group for the council.

"We want a wide variety of perspectives and interests," Spacek says. "We'd like them to be coming from diverse backgrounds all over the city; different schools, socioeconomic standings, ethnic groups and all different visual arts mediums."

The IACTAC is looking for students who study photography, 3-D art, painting, graphic design, video and any other visual art.

As someone who studied art when she was in high school and would spend her free periods in the art room, Spacek believes that high school art curriculum does not do a sufficient job of preparing students for a career in the arts.

"I think that one important thing about the council is that it is different from what high school-aged youth typically experience in interacting with the arts in schools," she explains. "The path you take in high school with the arts is a closed loop, it doesn't have anything to do with how the arts relate to your city or context or culture. We want to facilitate the high school aged youth interacting with art in the larger context of their city and their contemporary culture that is living in Indianapolis, being 15 and living in 2013."

Spacek believes that the art community is thriving in Indianapolis and hopes to extend art culture to the teenage demographic.

"I think they should want to join the council because it is a chance for them to share their ideas and to make changes in their community through art and also to meet like-minded peers who are as interested in the arts as they are," she explains. "It is a good leadership opportunity and will look good on a resume because it is so self-driven. It could be a really unique thing looking toward college."

"I think the main thing is letting them take art out of the classroom and see it in a real world setting," adds Ben Shine, 39, the Director of Communications at the Indianapolis Art Center. "Part of the mission of the art center is outreach to underserved audiences. We have a three part mission to provide art education, to serve artists, and to bring art to underserved communities. This is right in line with our mission and it is a new way to do what we have historically done for 78 years on a ground level, engaging sort of way."

"We have lots of stuff for kids and lots of stuff for adults and we're filling in that space with programs like this one," Spacek says.

Students who are interested are encouraged to show up hungry, free pizza will be served.

"There's free pizza. Seriously, free pizza. Can you beat it?" says Spacek.

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