Art lovers will have a chance to see the work of local students in an upcoming art show.

Center Grove Community Schools’ all-school Festival of the Arts kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday at the high school, 2717 S. Morgantown Road.

The festival will include more than 3,000 pieces of art crafted by students of all ages. Nearly all types of art including acrylic, water and oil painting, ceramics, photography, pencil, pen and ink drawings will be on display.

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The choir will perform one night and student government will be offering a movie and food truck night on Friday of the show.

Kindergarten students will have their paintings hung in the same show as the advanced art made by high school students.

The annual art show has been customary for students for more than 30 years, Center Grove High School art teacher Rick Jones said.

Student artists work on their art in class and as assignments and teachers pick pieces for the show.

Artists work on their craft as much as athletes, and student-artists deserve to have the public look at what they have been working on, Jones said.

And often, art can be on the chopping block for some schools, he said.

Showcasing the art is a way to allow people to see how much students can grow in an art class, he said.

“The festival is basically a celebration of the good that we do,” he said.

Part of having the show is encouraging students to see what they can strive for, said Julie Shaver, art teacher at Center Grove Middle School Central.

Shaver picks art to showcase in the show that is creative for each assignment.

A student who showed in-depth creativity but may not be the best artist can still have a piece of art showcased, she said.

“It is something where everyone can shine,” she said.

If you go

Center Grove Festival of the Arts

Art on display

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 19 and 20.

Where: Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road.

Cost: Free

Show Choir Spectacular

When: 7 p.m. Thursday at the school

Cost: $8 for student and $10 adults

Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2770.