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December 3, 2013

Art gallery coming to Logansport HS

The gallery will benefit students county-wide.

The second and final project to be funded through a special Cass County Community Foundation grant will result in an art gallery at Logansport High School.

The application for the art gallery was one of 34 proposals from Cass County charitable organizations. The art gallery and some updates to Plank Hill Park in Twelve Mile were chosen at the annual “Thanks for Giving” event by popular vote.

Matt Jones, Logansport High School principal, said they were appreciative of the community foundation and those who voted for the project.

The proposal from Logansport Community School Corp. was a collaborative effort among art teachers, Jones and Assistant Principal Lindsey Hagerty.

“There is no doubt art plays a big role in a lot of people’s lives,” Jones said. “We have a lot of talent in arts at the high school and the career center.”

In the proposal to the Cass County Community Foundation, it states Logansport administrators strive to meet the needs of the 50 percent free- and reduced-lunch population.

The proposal also includes statistics from the 2012 report from the National Endowment for the Arts. The research shows exposure to the arts helps free/reduced, or low-socioeconomic, students outperform free/reduced peers who aren’t exposed, Jones said.

There are 750 students, or 60 percent, enrolled in the art classes at the high school and career center, resulting in a limited space for student artwork to be displayed.

Some classes offered at the high school including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry making. The commercial arts class at the Century Career Center offers art and design and digital photography.

With the grant, the high school will partner with the Century Career Center building trades students to complete the construction work to use existing space to create a gallery to display student work.

“I’m always so impressed and amazed by some of the works out students produce annually,” Jones said. “We have so many talented artists walking the halls and we want them to have a nice, professional-looking space to present their work.”

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