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MHS hosts 'All-City Art Show'

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SHOWTIME: A collection of second graders art at the “All-City Art Show” presented by Marion Community Schools.
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ADMIRING ARTWORK: Katie Dessing, front, and Elijah Lootens enjoyartwork created by Marion High School students. The artwork is on display at the school’s “All-City Art Show.”

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

Marion Community Schools is showcasing its “All-City Art Show” in its Walton Performing Arts Center this weekend.

The event, which began May 10 and continues into today, is a combination of the school’s music and art departments. The show features artwork throughout each grade in addition to performances by choir and band groups.

“We’re trying to draw the community in to enjoy both the performing and the visual arts at the same time,” said Marion High School art teacher Tashema Davis. “We want the community to realize we’re all one.”

Today the art show will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be featured performances by Marion Community Schools music groups in the Walton Center lobby.

Groups performing this weekend include Allen and Riverview elementary students, the Justice Thurgood Marshall Middle School Pep Band, MHS Jazz Band, McCulloch Junior High School Honors Choir, MHS Choral Group and more.

“It’s important that all the schools come together so the community can know we’re a united front,” Davis said. “When we come together it makes us feel more like a family within the different art departments.”

The art displays also serve as inspiration for younger students to be inspired by viewing the more advanced high school art, Davis said. For the older art students, they’re able to visit memory lane and reminisce about similar art projects they worked on while growing up.

Davis said while she’s originally not from Marion, she’s amazed at how much talent there is at Marion Community Schools across all art departments and she hopes for added opportunities throughout the school year to showcase students works.

“There are a lot of good pieces in here,” said senior Elijah Lootens as he admired high schoolers artwork. “I know it was hard for some of the teachers to pick out the best ones to display. You can definitely tell that a lot of the students in here worked hard.”

Through showing off their own work, students are able to feel a sense of pride, Davis said. The public response makes students feel appreciated and valued by the community.

According to Communications Director Patricia Gibson, in the last few years students have had their works chosen for regional, state and national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Marion High School art programs include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography and more.