In June, ArtForce returned for another creative summer of providing our local teens with a unique art experience. 

The three-week summer intensive was co-taught by Ivy Tech Indianapolis instructor Hector del Campo and Arts for Learning Indiana instructor Nasreen Khan. The overall theme was “Creative Entrepreneurship.” 

The students learned about wood burning, painting, and printmaking as ways to dig deep into their individual journeys. They were introduced to pyrography and stencil work for creating high-end and production line items.

The 2023 ArtForce experience aimed to help the teens answer questions like: How do you define boundaries? What constitutes an immigration journey to you? When you think of family, do you think of your blood relations or include valuable ties to friends and community?

Kayla Evans and Bailey McKendry, fine arts students, served as college mentors, while Jaqui Gaeta, a recent graduate, volunteered as a teaching artist apprentice. The students also went on field trips and heard from visiting artists like Valerie Allen

At the end of the summer art camp, the nine high school students showcased their learnings and artwork at the ArtForce Closing Reception. 

In the photos below, you can see some of the 2023 ArtForce student artists, their art, and the final showcase.

Throughout the rest of the year, Arts for Learning will hire previous student participants to work at special events with its administrative staff or professional teaching artists. The students are also offered a sizeable stipend along with opportunities to be hired for work outside of the camp. 

You can learn more about Ivy Tech’s Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) program here and about ArtForce and how to apply at

CHECK IT OUT: Ivy Tech Indianapolis Fine Arts and Visual Communications Guide

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.