As part of the Paramount School of Excellence (PSOE) art program led by Shay Atkinson, the installation "TURN" was conceptualized, researched, and initiated by the school's 8th grade class.
Chosen as the installation theme by the 8th grade class, "TURN" is an acronym for Transforming Urban Neighborhoods, and is part of the revitalization movement led by PSOE and Community Health Networks. The steel and concrete structure symbolizes the important first steps taken in a positive change of direction. Representing physical change, but also a change to a way of thinking, TURN (2016) stands as an icon for the TURN movement in our communities.
After interviewing artists to assist the school in the process, Doug Calisch (pictured lower right) was chosen as lead artist to finalize design and installation. Doug comes to PSOE from Wabash College and has worked closely with school staff and students to implement the final structure.
HOW IT BEGAN
Paramount School of Excellence made a commitment in 2014 to move away from arts and crafts in the art room. Instead, the art program focuses on state standards through real-world K-8 projects, and an installation art culmination in middle school. Conceptually, classes will select their installation art project in 5th grade. Then, during 6th grade, the classes will focus on refining their concept and design ideas. In 7th grade, the classes create their scale models, and begin talking with professionals in the community to learn about the the design and installation process. In 8th grade, the location of the installation will be finalized, subcontractors will be selected, and the piece will be installed.
A LASTING LEGACY
After completing 8th grade, students will have a permanent legacy in the art they have shared with their community. They will also have learned how to interact with all agencies needed to complete a project from beginning to end.
TURN (2016) Location
Paramount School of Excellence
3020 Nowland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46201
The sculpture TURN (2016) is located at the rear of the property facing Brookside Parkway South Drive, just across from Brookside Park (mapped below). The sculpture is best viewed driving Eastbound along Brookside Parkway South Drive between Parker and Dearborn streets.