NewsEducationK-12 / September 25, 2013

Indy Teacher Honored With Arts Award

Jill Sheridan
Indy Teacher Honored With Arts Award

The 2013 Governors Arts Awards are set for Thursday night and a local music teacher is being recognized.  Cynthia Hartshorn is one of six Hoosiers receiving the prestigious Arts Award for her work with our state’s youngest musicians. 

Hartshorn has been a teacher for more than 40 years in Indianapolis schools and has educated thousands of students, helping them to develop greater love of art. 

Hartshorn recalls saying “people like me don’t get awards like that,” when one of her students told her she was being nominated.

Some of Hartshorn’s students have gone on to have successful careers in the arts.  She also directs her church choir and takes on several large scale productions every year.  Hartshorn believes keeping music education alive in school is extremely important.

Hartshorn will be honored at a ceremony Thursday evening hosted by Gov. Mike Pence and his wife, Karen.  This is the 40th year the Indiana Arts Commission has given out the awards.