By Nancy Edwards
More than 2,000 local students hoped to be commemorated as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Fishers Freedom Festival celebration by having their T-shirt design chosen to celebrate this year’s theme, A Quarter Century Celebrating Freedom.
Ten out of 17 district schools had students from kindergarten through 12th-grade submit drawings, all displaying their interpretation of the theme. This year, the public was involved through yesterday in choosing their favorite T-shirt design from the top 90 designs on the Fishers Arts Council Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FishersArt). Currently showcased in Fishers Town Hall, the top chosen 200 pieces of artwork from all elementary grades and junior high are hung for the public to view until Sunday.
“This is another way for residents to get involved with the festival,” Lisa Vielee, vice president of Fishers Arts Council, said. “No one (previously) got to see the students’ artwork except (the Fishers Arts Council and Fishers Freedom Festival).
Representatives from the Fishers Freedom Festival and the Fishers Arts Council teamed up more than a year ago to showcase the art.
“We’re real excited about the designs chosen this month,” Jennifer Kehl, executive director with Fishers Freedom Festival, said.
Krissy Schenck of Fishers and her family attended the grand opening of the exhibit from 10 a.m. to noon on March 16. Schenck’s two daughters, Evelyn, a kindergartner, and Olivia, a fourth-grader, both had artwork that was chosen for the top 200. Evelyn drew stars for the freedom theme, while Olivia drew a man from the military in a wheelchair as part of her design to remember freedom.
“A lot of people are hurt in the Army and in wheelchairs,” Olivia said. “I drew the picture so people in wheelchairs won’t feel left out.”
From the first week in April through the first week in May, art from students in Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School will also be on display.
A $500 prize will go to Fall Creek Intermediate School for being the school with the highest number of students to participate in the design contest.