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Ivy Tech students, community benefit from liberal arts grant funding

March 3, 2010

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is holding a reception on Monday, March 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Lamkin Hall to showcase a collaborative art project between Ivy Tech students, children at Girls Inc., and area artists thanks to grant funding from Indiana Campus Compact (ICC).

Dr. Emily Bobo, assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech, is teaching her students to help the young creatives at Girls Inc. to write poetry in response to visual works of art, which will be created by Bloomington artists.

Contributing artist and member of the Lotus Festival’s visual arts committee Deborah Klein says that collaborative projects are important because they bring sometimes disparate segments of the community together. “Collaborations teach the value of communication and cooperation, and provide opportunities for people to participate in quality projects,” she said. “These projects can result in work that speaks about individual and community issues, goals, and visions for the future.”

Chancellor John Whikehart says that outreach projects like this one are yet another example of how the college works to sustain its resources. “Dr. Bobo has received grant funding to create these service learning courses, which engage young people and those who are interested in the arts,” he said. “I would like to commend Dr. Bobo for her dedication to continuing Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s culture of service learning and public participation, especially in these economic times.”

The collaborative art exhibition will run from March 8-March 22 in Lamkin Hall, on Ivy Tech’s main campus at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington. The public is encouraged to view the works.

The service project allows Ivy Tech students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom by teaching children to think creatively, while providing artists an opportunity to be recognized in the community.

Through Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement, Dr. Bobo regularly creates courses that require her students to be involved in the community. Dr. Bobo was awarded a total of $2,250 from ICC to implement her fall 2009 and spring 2010 service learning courses.
Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus established its Center for Civic Engagement ( in 2004 to promote volunteerism, service learning, and community involvement among students and staff.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 130,000 students enrolled 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.