By Sadie Hunter
Light post banners on and around the downtown Noblesville square often change depending on upcoming events or the season, but in a collaboration between Noblesville Schools, the City of Noblesville, Noblesville Main Street, Nickel Plate Arts and Logan Street Signs and Banners, high school students’ art is now on display.
Twenty-five students will be featured for the banner project.
Funded through Nickel Plate Arts and Noblesville Main Street, Logan Street Signs and Banners created the displays while the city oversaw its implementation downtown.
NHS art teacher Kayti Hahn approached the city with the banner idea as an extension of an ongoing effort to highlight student work through community outreach.
“It’s important to me that we showcase student artwork outside of school to give our artists an authentic learning experience and to build community awareness of the arts,” Hahn stated. “The students feel very privileged to have this opportunity and are so excited to share their creativity publicly. I’m thankful for our partners in this endeavor.”
“This walking art gallery will bring attention to the wonderful student artists we have and showcase their talent in a uniquely Noblesville way,” Chris Owens, executive director of Noblesville Main Street, stated. “The banners create an exciting visual display of public art for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.”
In addition to their work of art, each banner includes the student’s name and graduating class. Since the project has been in the works since last year, artwork from 2015 NHS graduates is also included in the display.
Student artists recognized on the banners include, from the class of 2015: Paiton Moon, Meredith Watson, Olivia Clark, Emily Kado, Kaley Knight, Emily Archer, Sydney Meysembourg, Hunter Bragg, Jacqui Cunion, Nadjae Murphy and Molly Rector; from the class of 2016: Katie Gump, Stella Runningen, Emma Paris, Savannah Zello, Paul Williams, Grace Bocko, Allyson Houdyschell, Faith Heminger and Maddi Rodgers; from the class of 2017: Alyssa Sellers, Shelby Johnson and Jessica Zgrita; and from the class of 2018: Eliza Megaschar and Emily Brooks.