Gary Community School Corporation Bead Town Experience, Society of Innovators Member 2016-2017


Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, Gary Superintendent, had the vision to invite Bead Town founder Stephan Wagner to create a curriculum around the Bead Town experience at the Gary Area Career Center. Students became artisans and learned the basics of entrepreneurship and leadership while creating art recycling old beads and other products. Student pieces were put on display, which engaged the community and benefited youth outside the traditional classroom, said nominator Brandon Griffin. Students experienced this renowned traveling exhibit that features nearly 100 mosaics, all made from Mardi Gras beads and other objects highlighting iconic images that promote a new way of learning. To learn more visit

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