NewsEducationK-12 / January 24, 2014

Local School Wins ACLU Art Contest

Jill Sheridan
Local School Wins ACLU Art Contest

A small class of six students from the Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis has created a winning work of art for the American Civil Liberties Union's Constitution Day national art contest.  The grand prize of $10,000 will be used to help fund future arts programs.

Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director, says civil rights cases and a contemporary painting of the American flag inspired the students.

"Thier mural demostrates in very real ways, that we all benefit everyday, from the protections of the Constitution." explains Henegar.

The theme of the contest was Bill of Rights and the 8th grade students submitted a 10X10 mural and written piece.  The picture which was found at the Hasten Hebrew Academy website depicts the kids working on the art project.

Constitution Day is September 17.  In honor of the holiday, schools are encouraged to educate students about the importance of the Constitution.