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[FL] Day 5: First Lady Continues Indiana-Japan Art Exchange
Start Date: 9/11/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/11/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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OTA, Japan – First Lady Karen Pence visited Ota Elementary School to continue the third grade art exchange she initiated last month in Lafayette. 

“Art is an outlet that is both culturally specific and universal,” said Mrs. Pence. “Our Indiana students’ pictures display the thoughts and values of the Hoosier experience. While the Japanese students drew different scenes, many of the values remain the same, proving that we can always find little reminders of home no matter where we travel. This could be a comfort for any Japanese company considering life and business in Indiana.”  

On Aug. 27, the first lady visited Glen Acres Elementary School to kick off an art exchange between third grade students in Lafayette and Ota. Mrs. Pence, an art teacher, asked the Lafayette students to draw self-portraits based on the theme “Me Seeing My Favorite Things.”  

Today, Mrs. Pence shared the Lafayette students’ artwork with third grade students at Ota Elementary School and asked the Ota students to also create art based on the project’s theme. She will bring the artwork back to the Lafayette students to complete the artwork exchange. 

Mrs. Pence visited with the Lafayette third grade class from Japan this evening via Skype to update the students on the art exchange and trade mission. 

Photos from today’s event can be found attached. Later today, additional media will be made available on the Day 5 webpage at 


Location Information:
Contact Information:
Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317/232.1622
Art Exchange
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    First Lady

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