Symphony in Color: Classical Music in Paint

The Symphony in Color exhibit opens at the Indiana State Museum Sunday, April 4, 2010, showcasing the artwork of Indianapolis kids interpreting classical music. This long running contest is in its 59th year. Organized by the Junior Group of the Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, thousands of kids from across Indiana submit artwork to the Symphony in Color contest. The Indiana State Museum makes a special place in their Indianapolis art galleries to share the work of these young Indianapolis artists through May 9, 2010.

Each year more than 35,000 school children from across Indiana are invited to participated in Symphony in Color. This enrichment program blends two important aspects of Indianapolis culture: symphonic music and visual art. The program invites school children to interpret recorded selections of symphonic music through personal artistic creations. Symphony in Color culminates in a juried exhibition at both Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indiana State Museum.

These exhibitions showcase the art work of 100 finalists and 36 blue ribbon winners. One talented young artist will be chosen to receive the Pacini Award, meaning their work will be on display for an entire year at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Their work will be admired by patrons of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra throughout the year, making them a vital part of the Indianapolis music scene.

The Junior Group of the Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is a volunteer auxiliary group. They established this tradition in 1951, and the Symphony in Color has been going strong ever since. Each year Indiana schools come together in a powerful coalition as they help students engage with both art and music. Children in grades one through six participate in this inventive contest, learning about the connections between various art forms.

See the work of these burgeoning artists on display at the Indiana State Museum. In addition to a gallery presentation of their work, the Legacy gallery at the State Museum will share the musical selections, which inspired their art. Don’t miss the work of these young artists! Head to the Indiana State Museum now through May 9, 2010 to enjoy Symphony in Color.

Your visit to the Indiana State Museum will be filled with all sorts of learning and knowledge. The two exhibits on Abraham Lincoln (With Charity For All and With Malice Toward None) offer an up close perspective of the United States during formative years, while the scavenger hunt event, The Good, The Bad and the Raggedy, is a great way to be reintroduced to the permanent exhibits at this Indianapolis museum.

Located along the Indianapolis Canal Walk and near the White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum has prime Indianapolis real estate near a host of Indianapolis attractions. With neighbors like the Eiteljorg Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Indiana History Center, the Indiana State Museum is a great place to visit. Symphony in Color is just one of many great Indianapolis education events at the Indiana State Museum.

After you peruse the galleries of the Indiana State Museum, grab a bite to eat at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants as you enjoy Indianapolis downtown. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!

Symphony in Color
April 4 to May 9, 2010

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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