Spring into the @rts 2022 – Save the dates!

Spring into the @rts 2022 – Save the dates!

Valparaiso Community Schools, led and coordinated by the elementary art team, provides a month-long celebration of the ARTS featuring student talent! We are proud to announce “Spring into the @rts” has returned to downtown Valpo. Our goal has always been to put student artwork front and center within our downtown venues, bridging young artists, families, leaders, and businesses alike. This is our 5th year orchestrating this student-themed festival and we have an array of ART-astic things in store this year! Valpo is where ART is @!

We extend a huge thank you to our financial supporters: Urschel and The John Anderson Foundation, also in partnership with The City of Valpo and Valparaiso Creative Council. Thank you to our featured venues: Porter County Library, City Hall, 1st Insurance, Porter County Government, 1st Source Bank, the Parks Department, Black Bird Cafe, and ArtZ and Co.

“We are happy to bring back our month-long festival after a two year creative pause,” says Jessica Corral, festival director and art teacher at Flint Lake Elementary. “When children step into a collective experience where THEIR art is appreciated in public places, they are simply floored to be chosen. Our goal has and always will be to keep the spotlight on their talent, and their artwork makes it easy to do just that! It is time for a celebration of students of all ages!”

VCS students grades K-12 can start submitting their 60 second films across 5 categories for our Valpo Film Festival. Deadline is May 6, 2022 by midnight. Visit springintothearts.com for info.

Here are the two slated events to keep on your calendar:

Saturday, April 23: Urschel Pavilion 11a - 1p
“The @rt-chitecture WALK”

Student artwork is unveiled at 8 downtown locations and will remain on display for an entire month. This event will provide @rt-chitecture Walk maps and prizes!

Saturday, May 21: City Hall Chambers 11a - 1p
“VALPO Film Festiv@l + Mur@l un-VALE-ing”

One Minute to Film It winners will be showcased and the permanent city mural will be unveiled!!!

Student artwork will be on display from April 23 - May 21. All are welcome to attend our slated events. Please check our site to find out dates/times when you can be a part of the collaborative mural painting! Photo caption: Spring into the @rts pops up at 8 venue locations this year with student artwork on display for an entire month!

If you’d like to help support and spread word on this festival, follow/visit us at:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/valpospringintothearts
Or visit our site: https://www.springintothearts.com

The following businesses have graciously opened their doors to showcase
student artwork. Thank you for being our 2022 partners:

Porter County Library: Kindergarten
City Hall: 1st grade
1st Insurance: 2nd grade
Porter County Gov. Building: 3rd grade
1st Source Bank: 4th grade
Urschel Pavilion: 5th grade
Blackbird Cafe: 6-8th grades
ArtZ + Co: 9-12th grades + VCS staff

Fellow businesses, join us in ARTful spirit! As artwork pops up in various
locations, please consider adopting an art theme from April 23 - May 21 as a fun way to incorporate the ARTS during our scheduled festival. Please share any photos or posts using #springintothearts #weARTvalpo and be sure to tag @valpospringintothearts

Questions about this festival can be directed to:

General/Mural: Jessica Corral jcorral@valpo.k12.in.us
Film Submissions: nthorgren@valpo.k12.in.us
HS artwork: gscott@valpo.k12.in.us
Staff artwork: arucklos@valpo.k12.in.us
Elementary artwork: cgrzelak@valpo.k12.in.us
Future partnerships: kgarbison@valpo.k12.in.us