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Hoosier Pride Project
An Indiana Bicentennial Celebration

Hoosier Pride Project Overview

2016 is Indiana’s Bicentennial.  What better way to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday than to ask students to explore their own cultural heritage in Indiana. Arts for Learning (AFL) is celebrating this grand milestone with a new statewide program that supports creative and cultural understanding and encourages young people to celebrate their local history. AFL is sponsoring an online writing and photo exhibition along with up to twelve “Hoosier Pride and Cultural Legacy” photography workshops in high schools across the state. Along with the photography workshops, Arts for Learning and the National Writing Project-Indiana are sponsoring a writing exhibition for students in grades 1-5 all across the state.

We want to inspire kids to be excited about learning. The online exhibition is our way of creating an arena for student artists to display their work in a professional atmosphere.  We want to encourage the excitement of being a part of an artist exhibit by making it accessible for students to share their writing and photography with family and friends through an easy online link

About the photography workshops

 Professional photographer and teaching artist William Rasdell will lead photography workshops for high school students focused on creating images displaying and celebrating local cultural heritage. These workshops can be for afterschool clubs, community center groups, school art classes, or other interested school classes. Sites to receive workshops will be chosen through an application process. The application can be found on this website. One school from each region of the state will be chosen to receive a free workshop to represent their local cultural heritage.

Selected images from student submissions will be used in a final image created by William Rasdell and put on the display at Clowes Memorial Hall on their Monumental Wall display. All images submitted will be posted in our photo exhibition on this site.* Selected work will also be used in a final anthology book.

*all work deemed appropriate for this project will be posted online, at the discretion of AFL.

About the writing exhibition

This exhibition is specifically for students in grades 1-5. Writing samples can be submitted on this website through our online application.
Students may choose to focus on the culture of their city, town, county, neighborhood, or community.  All submitted student writing will be posted on this website.*  Selected submissions will be placed in a Community Cultural Legacy Anthology.
*all work deemed appropriate for this project will be posted online, at the discretion of AFL.

Exhibition Guidelines

Writing exhibition

Elementary teachers are encouraged to incorporate an ‘Indiana Cultural Legacy’ writing session into their classroom activities in 2015/16 school year and submit some of the best and most representative writing to the Project website.

Guidelines for this project:

  • Students may be in first through fifth grade.

  • Writing may be in any form, genre, or style (including essay, newspaper article, graphic novel, poem, story, or letter).

  • Writing topics can be about Hoosier artists past or present, Hoosier life, Hoosier history especially related to creativity.

  • Writing may be about one group or the history of different cultural groups in one area or the co-existence of the different community groups.

  • Writing may be about the community over time. It does not have to be only within the 200 years, but may also include earlier times.

  • Students may use any resource: print, video, audio, museums, interviews, photos, other first person information including letters, church directories, public records, cemetery information. Be sure to give credit to your sources.

  • Entries may be from a single student, pairs or teams, and class projects.

  • Adults may support, suggest, or referee. Adults may assist with the submission and uploading. Adults may not do the work.

  • Parents/guardians must be aware of and give consent for their student’s work and name to be published on our public exhibition web page.

  • Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2016

All work submitted will be posted on the website and will be available to Hoosiers of all ages to read and learn more about the cultural legacy and history of their state. Arts for Learning and NWP-Indiana will select some of the posted writing for a print and online anthology dependent on funding.


Photography exhibition

Free photography workshops are available for 6 Indiana communities. Schools, community centers, and afterschool clubs are all eligible to apply for photo workshops with professional Indiana artist William Rasdell. After the workshops with Mr. Rasdell, students are encouraged to submit up to 5 of their best images to our online photo exhibition and for consideration for our final printed image on the Clowes Memorial Hall Monumental Wall.

Guidelines for this project:

  • Students should be in grades 6-12

  • Photos must be jpg or png format between 1MB and 5MB in size with preferred 300dpi

  • Photos submitted should illustrate outstanding characteristics of the student’s local community especially the cultural and creative components of their local community. What makes your Indiana community unique? How can your photo tell the story of your city, region, or state?

  • Photos must have a title when submitted through our online form

  • Student submissions must have a teacher or site director approval with their contact information on the submission form

  • Parents/guardians must be aware of and give consent for their student’s work and name to be published on our public exhibition web page.

  • Submissions will be accepted until May 30, 2016