The GPAC Staff   2 comments


LesleyName: Lesley Meier

Title: Manager, The Garfield Park Arts Center

Favorite Color: Favorite?  As in just one? I love them all!  But I really love bright oranges, reds and blues.

Hometown: Indianapolis

What do you love about working at the GPAC? I love the opportunity to bring great arts programming to Indianapolis residents.  We offer classes that are taught by great instructors at very affordable prices.  We show beautiful art work by local and national artists.  We offer free arts making experiences and free performances year round.  For many people the GPAC is their first time in an art gallery or museum setting so we really get to introduce them to the arts in an accessible and engaging way.  I also love the randomness of it all.  There is nothing more random that working in a park setting – you just never know who will walk in or what will happen.  It’s great for storytelling!

Why is art important to you? Art is important to me because we are all creative.  It doesn’t matter if you think you’re better at math than drawing.  Math still requires creative thinking. Science requires that you think creatively.  Politicians solve problems by coming up with creative solutions and compromises (I hope).  There is a deeply felt instinct in all of us to make something – to be creative.  In fact, when we stop creating we stop engaging fully in life.  The arts are the purist expression of creativity – creation without agenda. Without a specified goal or product. The closer we can get to allowing ourselves to create something without judgment – in art, music, theatre or dance – the closer we are to realizing our fullest potential, to being our best selves.

What is your favorite breakfast food? Again you make me choose one?  I eat a lot of cereal.  But I love fruit and eggs with spinach and artichokes.   Really fancy breakfasts are the best because I so rarely have time for them.

Robots or Dinosaurs? Dinosaur Robots!  You give me two options, I chose both.

What celebrity would you want to play you in a movie about your life? I would play myself – I started out as an actress after all.  Why would I give up a role I am so suited to?

Favorite quote: Of course it is one of many – I could never have one favorite.

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

~ Paulo Coelho

SarahName: Sarah Norman

Title: Arts Specialist

Favorite Color: Green

Hometown: Portland, Indiana

What do you love about working at the GPAC? I love seeing entire families get involved in an art activity together. People often surprise themselves at how creative they really are when they try!

Why is art important to you? As emotional beings, it’s important to reach out to one another to gain a sense of balance. Art does that. It communicates our joy, sadness, anger, and curiosity in a most unique way. It isn’t simply seen; it’s felt.

What is your favorite breakfast food? Honey Comb cereal. Hands down.

Robots or Dinosaurs? Dinosaurs.

What celebrity would you want to play you in a movie about your life? Natalie Portman

Favorite quote: “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!” from the film/play “Annie”


Ritch Hanna

Name: Ritch Hanna

Title: Arts Coordinator

Favorite Color: Indigo blue

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

What do you love about working at GPAC? Interacting with new people.

Why is art important to you? Ever since I was very young, I have drawn. Being “creative” has always been a major part of how I have defined myself, and viewing/reading/listening to the creative output  of others has always been inspiring to me.

What is your favorite breakfast food? Cold, leftover Chinese food; especially hot and spicy leftovers.

Robots or Dinosaurs? Definitely dinosaurs; robots used to give me nightmares, but dinosaurs were cool.

What celebrity would you want to play you in a movie about your life? Toss up between Johnny Depp and Bette Midler.

Favorite quote: “Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.” – Hippocrates, 460 – 400 BC

Posted July 10, 2011 by GPAC Arts

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  1. I love what I’m seeing at the Garfield Park Art Center. I have always enjoyed the variety of art work you have in the gallery and through the building. My nine year old son, who loves art, wants an art class where he can learn to use different mediums and he wants to learn to paint realistic pictures. I promise you these are his words not mine. He’s been talking like this since he was two.

    So if you have any art classes coming up or know of any other place I could take. He would like to start ASAP. He only gets two days a week in art class at school.

    Thanks so much,
    Melissa Egan

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