Music and art lovers can get their fill in one place this weekend.

A festival at Center Grove schools 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.

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

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The show kicks off at 3 p.m. Thursday and art will be hung in the Hall of Excellence at Center Grove High School during the weekends through May 22.

Band and choirs will also perform at various points.

Part of the point of the show is to allow students to have an audience for their art, art teacher Rick Jones said.

Art is an expression of feeling and is personal and students deserve to have their expressions considered, Jones said.

“To express yourself, you need an audience,” he said. “We get a lot of exposure this way.”

Teacher, parents and residents will get a chance to see how artists have evolved during the years and Jones said he can tell a difference in what time of the year a student may have made a piece of art.

“When I walk out there, I can see the whole year,” he said.

Younger students and their parents can get a peek at what the advanced high school students are doing and what they will be creating in the years ahead, Jones said.

“They see it like this is your future with it,” he said.

The art show started decades ago when teachers saw the idea at Perry Meridian High School, Jones said.

Art students look forward to the art show as a way to showcase what they have been working on all year, students said.

“You may have liked your art, there are other people who like it too,” junior Kim McKenzie said.

Athletes typically get to show off their talent year round. This show is the artists’ time to shine, freshman Danielle Harrell said

“I have this talent, (athletes) get to show off their talent all the time, now I get to show mine off too,” she said.

If you go

Center Grove Festival of the Arts

Art on display

When: 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 18, 19 and 22; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and May 20.

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

Cost: Free

Show Choir Spectacular

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the school

Cost: $10.

Band Spring Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. May 18

Cost: Free

Orchestra Spring String Fling

When: 7 p.m. May 22

Cost: Free

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