Arts & Education Classes

Katz Adult Continuing Education classes at JCC Indianapolis offer a chance for you to expand your mind, continue learning and make connections with others. We aim to offer a wide variety of classes for all interest levels. Keep checking here and on our Events page for class offerings.

About The Unity Project

The JCC is a founding member of The Unity Project whose mission is to build respect and understanding between various communities, especially the black and Jewish communities, through dialogue and the arts. Partners include the JCC, The Indianapolis Urban League, the Efroymson Family Fund, Indiana Youth Group and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Crossing Boundaries

Sun, Feb 18
3:30-5 pm


Class Description

Class Description

Join us for a panel of speakers including Jewish Family Services (JFS) Executive Director Lori Moss, Stacy Klauz, Boris Gorlin and moderator Leo Grabovsky.
In addition, there will be a tasting of dishes highlighted in a cookbook of recipes from the FSU and a book on the resettlement experience. The cookbook will also be available for purchase at the event. In partnership with Jewish Family Services, JCRC and Indiana Jewish Historical Society.

Village Voices: Notes from the Griot

Thu, Feb 22
7-9 pm
$20 for Adults
$7 for Ages 12 & Under


Class description

Class description

“Villages Voices: Notes from the Griot,” a Unity Project program, is a live and interactive artistic experience that utilizes musicians, dancers and artists to tell the stories and highlight the contributions of African‐Americans in the arts whose works are either unknown and/or underperformed.
“Village Voices” is a celebration of artistic contributions from African‐Americans that will be performed to coincide with Black History month. The artistic director of “Village Voices,” Joshua A. Thompson, has created this program with the assistance of local artists who currently perform works of African‐Americans. Amassing a cadre of talented and inspired vocalists, musicians, composers, poets, visual artists and an African dance troupe, Mr. Thompson has enlisted an up and coming playwright to construct a single narrative that weaves biographical/historical information with the masterworks of selected artists.

“In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Film Screening

Thu, Mar 8
7-9:15 pm

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Class Description

Class Description

Join us for “In Our Hands,” a story of the Battle of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War through the eyes of theIsraeli Defense Forces’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade, highlighting their role in the liberation of Jerusalem. The docudrama combines dramatic reenactments with interviews of veterans of the Six-Day War and archival footage and photos.
Following the film, talk with Roie Gonen, the JFGI’s Israeli emissary. Roie was a senior sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces. He participated in project “Red Skies,” a collaboration between the Israeli Air Force and the paratroopers and in Operation Protective Edge during the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

Beginning Copperplate Calligraphy

with Ellen Simon

Wed, Mar 14-Apr 18 (6 classes)
7-9 pm
$136 / $92 M

Class Description

Class Description

Copperplate is a 17th century script which was developed in England. It is a very formal letter style with many flourishes, frequently used for invitations, certificates and poems. No previous knowledge of any calligraphic alphabet is necessary.
The class is for beginners as well as a review for those who have taken a copperplate class before. Be prepared for weekly homework assignments.
Supplies will cost about $25 and will be available in class. They include an oblique pen holder, assorted nibs (pen points), ink, paper and instructional handouts. You will need to bring an all-cotton rag and water container. If you already have supplies, bring what you have and only purchase what you need. We prefer that all students use the same or comparable equipment.

Classes take place on Wednesdays from March 14-April 18 (6 classes)
Classes are taught by Ellen Simon, who has been teaching calligraphy for over 30 years.

Creative Designs in Paper

With Anna Lee Chalos-McAleese

Tue, Mar 20 and 27 (class is over 2 days)
5-8 pm
$49 ($32 for JCC Members)
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Class Description

Class Description

This class will focus on designing a geometric pattern in relief using Japanese techniques of kirigami (cut/folded/rolled paper). The sheet of paper will remain whole, but take on a new life with the cuts and folds that you make. You will learn to expand your concepts of paper and its capabilities to transform from 2D to 3D in an elegant fashion.
Last spring we explored this method as it relates to sculpture while this winter we’ll hone in on “relief” possibilities. If there is time we will also fold a time honored geometric origami pattern once named “origami tsunami” by students.
These methods were taught by Josef Albers at the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany.
You will need a light pencil, ruler with a metal edge, a sharp Xacto knife-#11 blade or similar and a smooth piece of cardboard to protect the table while you cut. A T-square is helpful but not a requirement.

Class takes place on Tuesday, March 20 & 27.