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MCS All City Art Show begins Thursday, May 5

Andy Klotz
3-D art from MCHS

Muncie, Ind. – They will come from Grissom Elementary, Northside Middle, Muncie Central High and every other school in Muncie Community Schools (MCS). Hundreds of paintings, sculptures, drawings and other projects will be displayed in the Muncie Fieldhouse this week as the MCS All City Art Show returns as an in-person event for the first time in three years due to the pandemic.

The show is a culmination of the hard work of students in all grades and every skill level. It provides a free look at students’ creative expressions and varied perspectives.

“Our families really look forward to the All City Art Show each year,” MCS Director of Elementary Education Dr. Dea Bell said. “To have this year’s show at the Fieldhouse is wonderful after two years of sharing students’ work online. We expect a lot of people to come out and enjoy it.”

The show schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, May 5:     6 - 8 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6:          noon - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7:      10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sarah Moser, art teacher at North View Elementary, is as eager as anyone for this year’s show. She sees it as an essential ingredient for keeping fine arts alive and thriving in the Muncie community.

“I hope people come and see all the tremendous artwork and then become inspired by these students,” Moser said. “We love it when family members ask students why they created a particular piece. This show opens conversations about the importance of art in our community and how they can help support it.”

The Muncie Downtown Development Partnership is also a big proponent of the arts. Its First Thursday events include a gallery walk around downtown shops as local artists perform their craft. This Thursday, they are also hosting “Once Upon a Muncie Mystery” at Canan Commons that will send participants to various downtown locations in search of the culprit responsible for an imaginary crime.

“This is just like playing live ‘Clue’ and people take solving the mystery seriously,” Downtown Muncie Event Director Cheryl Crowder said. “We’ve had hundreds of people participate prior to COVID, and we hope people who come out this week will visit the All City Art Show as well.”

The mystery begins at 5 p.m. Find out more at downtownmuncie.org/first-thursday.

About Muncie Community Schools

Serving the local community since 1855, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) educates more than 5,000 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school while also managing several other educational facilities. Through its unique partnership with Ball State University, MCS strives to maximize each student’s potential so he or she can be a positive, productive member of society. Find out more about MCS or Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski at muncieschools.org

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