From the Desk of Christie Lypka

From the Desk of Christie Lypka

A new study came out this week from the National Art Education Association.  According to the study students who participate in the arts both in school and after school demonstrate improved academic performance and lower dropout rates – 22% lower.  Low socioeconomic status students with a high participation in the arts have a dropout rate of only 4%.

Students who are involved in the arts succeed in school.  They are four times more likely to participate in an art and science fair; three times more likely to win an award for school attendance; four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be elected to a class office.

Low income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

For teachers, instructors and artists this is not groundbreaking news.  However, one of my jobs is to educate the public about the benefits of the arts so I wanted to share this with you.  Holmes Elementary in Ypsilanti currently has no budget for art supplies.  Call them today and make a donation. 734-221-2100.  Your help could change a child’s life.

Students and Art

This is our 5th Annual Great Lakes ‘Small Works’ juried exhibit.  The call for this show is open to 2D and 3D artists from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  All artwork in the exhibit is no larger than 12″ on each side.

Exhibit run through Oct 25, 2014
Gallery Hours: Thur-Sat 3-8pm and Sun 1:30-4pm
Visitors can vote for their favorite 2D & 3D art pieces, so remember to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Awards.


Juror for this exhibit:

Norma Penchansky-Glasser holds a B.S. in Education and M.A. in Fine Arts.  She is well known for her human figure in motion series, both in line drawings and figurative sculptors.  She has won national, statewide and local awards, including the Medal of Honor from the National Association of Women Artists.  Norma’s work is in sixteen major collections in five different states, including a monumental outdoor sculpture in Oklahoma City.  In 2003 she earned the Berkowitz Gallery Purchase Award.  Norma is also part owner in the Washington Street Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

From the Desk of Christie Lypka

From the Desk of Christie Lypka

The definition of community is: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interest and goals. The Riverside Arts Center believes in community. We believe in Ypsilanti. This week our first scholarship student began drawing classes. He was brought to our attention by the Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools. He wants to be a cartoonist so the RAC is helping him make that dream possible. Community.

Last night in Ypsilanti there was a fire at 209 Pearl Street. FirefightersCommunity from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti rushed to the scene. Luckily no one was hurt but now there are people who are homeless, who have lost everything. Please donate to the American Red Cross at If you don’t have extra money to give, donate clothes or blankets or your time. Community.

One of the things I love about Ypsilanti is the community. I feel like we are all in this together. I’m proud to be the Director of the RAC and a member of this wonderful community – after all helping each other is really what it’s all about.

The visitors to the art gallery cast their votes throughout the month of August as they visited the Art Goes Digital exhibit.  And the winning pieces are:  Riverside Park and Life.

Riverside Park by Anthony Cornish

Riverside Park


“Riverside Park” by Anthony Cornish

Infrared Photography and Photoshop

Printed on Metal






Life by Nancy Rodwan



“Life” by Nancy Rodwan

2-1/2 minute Video

Containing Artwork & Claymation
also done by Nancy





Congratulations to these artists.  Thank you to all the artists who participated in Art Goes Digital.


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