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Zach Medler, Manny Cervantes bring art to area students through TAF

From Lafayette/ West Lafayette, Indiana

LAFAYETTE -- As part of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation's mission, Grow the Arts, the Federation is bringing arts to area students in partnership with Purdue University and artists Zach Medler and Manny Cervantes through ASAP Outreach.  

Students from Jefferson and Oakland High Schools and Cary Home are learning about the After School Arts Program (ASAP) through hands-on, in-class workshops. 

Medler is working with students to create their own block print designs. Medler, known for his signature block print style, is teaching students how to design, linocut, and print their own original t-shirt designs.  

"We challenged students to create an image revolving around the meaning of self and society and then put that image on a t-shirt," Medler said.

Medler, who recently created a mural in Benton County, will work with students in the spring to produce the newest mural of the Mural Art Initiative. Those participating in his After School Arts Program mural class will utilize the same printmaking process to develop and execute a collaborative mural.

Working with Shannon White's class at Oakland to integrate curricular goals with art, Manny Cervantes is teaching students how to create with video through story-boarding, shooting, and editing. Students can join other students to further their exploration of this artistic medium through his ASAP video class in the spring. All TAF After School Arts Program classes are free.

The College of Technology at Lafayette, part of Purdue's Statewide Technology system, is partnering with the Tippecanoe Arts Federation thanks to a grant from the Vice Provost Office for Engagement at Purdue. The goal of this joint endeavor is to help the Federation fund and support local art programs for youth in middle school through high school. Organizational Leadership and Supervision students enrolled in this Service Learning course are expanding community involvement by interacting with youth of Tippecanoe County.

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