Irvington Community School News & Events

Select ICS Student Artwork Now on Display
Artwork created by students from all three Irvington Community Schools is now on display – and available for purchase! – at the new 5547 Project Art Gallery. The gallery is located at 5547 Bonna Avenue in Historic Irvington, just a few blocks northwest of Irvington Prep. Although it was a difficult process, the pieces that made the final cut were chosen by the ICS art program faculty. Proceeds from the sale of these works will support Irvington Community Schools and its art program. 

The artwork will be on display now throughout November. The hours of 5547’s operation are:
Tuesday – Friday 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday – 11a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
So stop by 5547 to take in some young artists’ remarkable creations as well as other local professional artists’ work. There’s a coffee bar, too, to enhance your gallery-going experience! For more information about the artwork, please contact Jessica Journey, ICS Director of Advancement, at 357-3770 x144.

Photo Caption: Artwork produced by young artists from Irvington Community Schools is on display – and for sale! – now throughout November at the 5547 Project Art Gallery.

Central Library Art Exhibit Leads to Powerful Conversations

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Mr. Ballard took his Save Our Students class – all young men in the making – to the Indianapolis Central Library for an unusual field trip. There, the 14 IPA students experienced a guided tour of artist James Pate’s “Kin Killin’ Kin” exhibit. According to the library website, Pate is considered to be “one of the most important African-American artists in the United States.”

Pate’s work on display at the library addresses youth violence in African-American communities while serving as a tribute to this year’s homicide victims in Indianapolis. Further, it represents a call to action for all of Indy’s residents to find a solution to this wave of violence and the terrible toll it leaves in its wake.

IPA students had an opportunity for deep-level dialogue with the tour guides – who themselves had lost family members to gun violence – about what’s going on in the students’ own lives, what experience they’ve had with violence, what their exposure to gangs has been, and how they can make a difference. Following the discussion, students wrote poems, stream-of-consciousness free writings, and lyrics to be shared in podcasts and videos at the library.

“The guys found the artwork extremely interesting and related it to their own experience in how violence has affected them and their neighborhoods,” Mr. Ballard said. One aspect of the exhibit featured toe tags used by coroners to identify murder victims. Visitors are allowed to write on the tags if they knew someone who had been killed. The name of a young man who was murdered last spring appeared on a tag, and several students immediately recognized the name. “That really hit home,” Mr. Ballard added.

At one point, the guides asked that Mr. Ballard leave the room for them to engage in a private discussion with the students about gang involvement. The students insisted that their behavior coach and mentor stay with them for the conversation. Said one, “Anything we say, we’re comfortable saying it in front of Mr. Ballard.” Mr. Ballard notes that the tour guides found that “remarkable.” We do, too.

The “Kin Killin’ Kin” exhibit concludes its run at the Central Library on September 28, 2014. For more information, go to



Mrs. Aldrich Encourages IPA Students to Paint Like an Egyptian

Students in Mrs. Aldrich’s “Painting Through the Ages” class recently have been involved in a multifaceted Egyptian art project. Initially, students learned about hieroglyphics -- Egyptian writing methodology rich in symbols, which dates back nearly 5,000 years. Next they selected three-five symbols each that caught their fancy and produced color drawings of them for peer review. Once the peer group determined which design to pursue, things got really interesting. Students carved their design in relief in plaster squares. Once the carving was completed, they created milk paint – from milk, of course! Then the painting commenced.

History coming alive through art – that’s keeping it real!

MilkPaint copy

Mrs. Aldrich instructs her students not only how to paint but how to create the paint that leads to such wondrous artistic creations.



Third Annual ICS Open!

Blue sky means sun – and plenty of it was on hand for the second annual ICS Open, held at Pleasant Run Golf Course on Saturday, May 31st, 2014. This year, 103 golfers registered for the fundraising event, an increase of 12 over the inaugural year.

Although the final numbers aren’t in just yet, indications are that this year’s outing netted more than $7,000, which will directly support the ICS e-learning initiative that begins this summer. Numerous area businesses sponsored the event through monetary and/or product donations (see list of supporters below).

For the second consecutive year, Sahm’s Restaurant and Catering donated lunch. Blossom Chevrolet provided an automobile for the hole-in-one award, which, alas, went unclaimed. Wine & Canvas donated the funds for the Golfer's goodie bags. The Irvington Marsh store donated the beverages and ice for the lunch. George Thomas Florist in Irvington provided the floral arrangements. 

Seventeen volunteers staffed the outing, which was orchestrated by Susan Britain, an ICES mom and the ICS Open coordinator. The volunteer team was comprised of ICS parents, students, and staff, as well as family and friends. Irvington Preparatory Academy junior Shelby Wyatt provided event photography services.

The ICS Open is about hosting a good time for a great cause, yet competition was a distinct part of the program. So prizes were given out to the Winning Team (Bloomerang Team: Jay Love, Brad Love, Ross Hendrickson, and Guest), Last Place Team (Nidiffer Team: David Nidiffer, Chris Sum, Rob Dinkel, and John Williams), Longest Putt (Jackie Gantzer), Longest Drive (ICS 2nd grade teacher M.J. Day), and Closest to the Pin (Tom Lannan).

According to Mrs. Britain, “The ICS Open staff could not have picked a more beautiful day to have our event. Players and volunteers alike enjoyed the day on the golf course.  Just knowing we were helping our three Irvington charter schools earn money for the new technology initiative only added to our enjoyment.”

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 30th, 2015 for the third annual ICS Open!   

A very special thanks to our 2014 ICS Open sponsors:

Ajamie Brothers
American StructurePoint, Inc.
Arby’s at Edinburgh Premium Outlets
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
Associa Community Association Services of Indiana
Audrey’s Place Furniture
Bailey & Wright Dentistry
Beatty Insurance Agency
Black Acre Brewing Co.
Black Sheep Gifts
Blossom Chevrolet
Bookkeeping Plus, Inc.
Community Hospital East
Dezelan Insurance Agency
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dufour’s in Irvington
EDGE Guys Heating & Cooling
First Person
George Thomas
Golf Galaxy
Golf Smith
Indiana Pacers
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Firefighters Local #416
Indianapolis Indians
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indy Eleven
Indy Sports Corp.
Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza
Lumina Foundation (Sheri Ranis)
Manley’s Irish Mutt
Marsh Supermarket & Pharmacy
Nidiffer Family
Pleasant Run Golf Course
PNC Bank
Preferred Advertising Inc.
Ralph’s Great Divide
RJE Business Interiors
Salin Bank
Sun King Brewery
Stowring Family
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
The Legend Classic Irvington Cafe
Tick-Tock Lounge

Tin Comet Coffee
Veteran Strategies Inc. (Robert Vane)
Windsor Jewelry

Wine & Canvas

YMCA and ICS Partnership

Irvington Community School, Inc. is excited to announce a new partnership with the YMCA for the 2014-2015 school year in delivering Before and After Care services at both ICES and ICMS. An informational meeting about the new programming will be held on Thursday, July 10th, from 6-7 p.m. in the ICES Gym. YMCA staff will be on hand to tell you more about the program and answer any questions. So mark your calendars!

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