By Noah Alatza
Art education nonprofit ArtStart, Inc. recently moved its flagship operations from South Florida to Fishers. The organization is now at 13657 Seven Oaks Dr.
ArtStart was founded by professional artist and longtime art educator Jeannette Pomeroy, who works with children of all ages.
“I decided that I wanted to do something that gave back to the community,” Pomeroy said.
At Pomeroy’s previous location in Wellington, Fla., she set up a high school art program for students with special needs. She also started an after-school art program for elementary students.
Pomeroy said after receiving a degree in business and economics and then working in the advertising industry for 20 years in Chicago, she changed her career path after the birth of her first child.
“My mother said, ‘Here, take a paintbrush and see if you like it,’ so I did, and I was hooked,” she said. “I am entirely self-taught.”
The organization works with students focused on a variety of arts, including visual art, creative writing and other disciplines.
ArtStart also works with students nationwide who are planning to audition at art magnet schools or who are perparing college applications and portfolios.
“We have realized that (preparation) can be done via Skype online,” Pomeroy said. “We have students all over the country. We do college essay reviews and portfolio development, among other items.”
Pomeroy has reached out to a Hamilton Southeastern Schools coordinator with a goal of setting up a program before school resumes in the fall.
ArtStart plans on hosting a booth at the June 30 Spark!Fishers festival. A summer art camp and book club will be held at Pomeroy’s home studio in Fisher’s. For more visit, artstartinc.org.
Art and book club information
Summer Art Camp – $250 per student. Grades 3-5 meet 9 a.m. to noon Grades 6-9 meet 1 to 4 p.m.
- Session 1: July 9 to 13: POP Art – Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein
- Session 2: July 16 to 20: Visit the Far East – Hokusai, Chinese Lanterns & Dragons
- Session 3: July 23 to 27: Faith Ringgold and the Story Quilt
Summer Book Club – $50 per student includes book.
The book club will meet twice per week; once to introduce that week’s book and again to review and discuss as a group.
- July 2 and 6: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
- July 9 and 13: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
- July 16 and 20: The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
- July 25 and 29: House of Robots by James Patterson