June 26, 1972.
On this day, IUPUI's Herron School of Art began a three-week-long free summer art course for anyone interested. The sessions, taught by Herron art students, occurred Mondays through Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30. A second free course commenced on July 17.
During the summer, Herron faculty taught a number of regular art courses for their students. In addition, students worked in the school's studios throughout the summer. The school was full of work all year long. Hence, a number of Herron students were on hand to lead free classes.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Herron faculty and students reached out to their neighbors on the near-north side of Indianapolis. Their 16th and Pennsylvania Street location situated them in a middle of a residential neighborhood full of children. Community outreach often took the form of offering classes for children.
IUPUI Special Collections and Archives has over a century of records of the Herron School of Art and Design. Researchers are welcome to consult them. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.