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American Indian students display artwork at Indian Center

The Youth Art Show at the Mid-America All-Indian Center (MAAIC) will open with a reception from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 28th at 650 N. Seneca. The exhibit is co-sponsored by MAAIC and Wichita Public Schools’ Native American Indian Education Program. Michelle Sutton, chair of the school district’s Native American Parent’s Association and an American Indian artist herself, will speak at the reception.

The Youth Art Show will be on display in the museum’s foyer gallery and Buffalo Hall starting Wednesday through May 15. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit features 60 pieces of art, including drawings, paintings and mixed media, made by 52 Wichita students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

“The show gives American Indian youth an opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting to a larger audience then just their families,” MAAIC Director April Scott said. “Many of these students have never had their work on display before and it’s a very special experience.”

In addition to student artwork, two custom motorcycles – one with an American Indian theme – will be set up in MAAIC’s lobby to demonstrate that art comes in many forms.

The MAAIC museum preserves and showcases the heritage of the American Indian tribes of North America. Exhibits of traditional artifacts and contemporary art depict the American Indian cultures of the past and present. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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