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Ivy Tech Waldron partners with MCCSC, Bloomington Playwrights Project

February 3, 2011

Bloomington, Ind. – Ivy Tech, in partnership with Monroe County Community Schools (MCCSC), will display works of art in the Ivy Tech Waldron galleries for Youth Art Month in March. Additionally, Ivy Tech has partnered with Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) on their youth education programming.

“Ivy Tech Waldron is thrilled to partner with these two organizations to bring additional arts programming and support to the community,” Paul Daily, Artistic Director at Ivy Tech Waldron said. “This is what the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is all about – providing enriching opportunities for education and entertainment through community partnerships.”

For Youth Art Month, MCCSC middle and high school student artwork will be displayed at Ivy Tech Waldron in the Miller, Vault, Education and Flashlight Galleries throughout the month of March. The public is invited to view the exhibits. At the end of the month, students will use the Auditorium for a presentation.

The newly formed BPP/Ivy Tech Youth Education Program will help to expand the offerings of Ivy Arts for Kids, part of Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning.  The programs include Youth Musical Theatre Ensemble, DramatiCATS, Broadway Kids, Girls Camp of Rock, MiniPlay and the After School Drama program.


      Youth Musical Theatre Ensemble – students perform in a contemporary musical during a 4 week camp, ages 10-17.


      DramatiCATS  –  students write and act in their own original plays throughout a two-week camp, ages 8-12.


      Broadway Kids – an introductory course to theatre, using your body, playing a character, and being comfortable with yourself, ages 5-8.


      Girls Camp of Rock – girls will learn how to sing, write songs, get rock star hair styles, make headshots and anything else necessary in the art of “rocking out,” ages 8-12.


      MiniPlay – a 28-year-old program and institution in Bloomington where students from all schools – grades 3-12 – are invited to write short plays (400 submitted/yr) that are selected for full production in the MiniPlay Camp, an eight-week camp of about 30 students who then act and direct in those plays.


      After School Drama Program – students learn storytelling and acting skills after school.  This program rotates to 5 different elementary schools throughout the year.

Ivy Tech Waldron Gallery exhibits are free. Those interested in BPP youth education programming should contact the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center at 330-4400 for more details.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.