Arts: 92 September 2015

Arts: 92

September 2015

Upcoming Events

September 18, 2015

Quarterly Commission Meeting
9:00 a.m.
Muncie, Indiana

September 30, 2015

Letter of interest deadline for PACE program
4:30 p.m.

Project 411 Poetry Call for submissions

October 12, 2015

Columbus Day
IAC office closed

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Celebrate Arts in Education Week

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National Arts in Education Week (September 13 - 19, 2015) is a national celebration recognizing the arts importance to a well-rounded education. Designated by Congress in 2010, the celebration is designated to bring attention of this cause to elected officials and educational decision makers across the country, and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

Learn more by clicking here.

First Lady kicks off student art exchange

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In anticipation of an upcoming trade mission to Japan, Indiana First Lady Karen Pence last month kicked off an art exchange between Southside Elemetary School in Columbus, Indiana and Miyoshigaoka elementary School located in Miyoshi City, Japan, Columbus' sister-city.

"It is an honor and privilege to continue building cultural ties between Indiana and Japan," said first Lady Karen Pence. "What is significant and unique about this exchange is that it connects a cultural bridge between children of both Japan and Indiana. Not only in Columbus, Indiana the sister city to Miyoshi City, but Southside Elementary School is the sister school to Miyoshigaoka Elementary School."

Mrs. Pence, a past art teacher herself, visited Southside Elementary to teach its fourth grade students to draw "name creatures." While in Japan, Mrs. Pence will share the students' artwork with fourth grade students there and ask them to also create "name creature" art. Mrs. Pence will bring the artwork back to the Columbus students to complete the exchange.

(source: press release from the Office of First Lady Karen Pence)

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Michaelsen named IAC Deputy Director

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The Indiana Arts Commission announced earlier this month that Miah Michaelsen (left) of Bloomington has been hired as the agency's deputy director.

"We are so thrilled to have Miah join the staff of the Arts Commission," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. "Her outstanding experience in community cultural development and her exemplary work as a local government professional makes her perfectly suited for her new role with the IAC."

Click here for the full story.

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Indiana Poet Laureate launches Project 411

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Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras has announced a new collaborative poem project seeking contributions from poets and non-poets alike.

The Wabash River, a symbol of our state, is 503 miles long, 411 of which flow freely from the point at which the river is dammed.

Kalamaras is inviting everyone to participate in helping to write a freely flowing river-of-a-poem. Ideally, the final product will consist of 411 lines of poetry.

Click here for details.

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015.

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Deadline nears for PACE letters of interest

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Letter of interest for two new partnerships in the arts education program known as PACE (Partnering Arts, Communities and Education) must be submitted to the Arts Commission by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

PACE currently supports four partnerships in the state at an annual level of $10,000 each. Click here for more information.

Submit letters to Sarah Fronczek, the IAC Arts Education Coordinator at

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Women Veterans' Memoirs: A Writing Workshop

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Women veterans of all ages are invited to join this free memoir-writing workshop series designed to help them craft their military stories through prose or poetry.

Led by Shari Wagner, a published writer and instructor for the Indiana Writer's Center, each two-hour session will include prompts and models, in-class writing activities, discussion, and feedback.

Women at all levels of writing experience are welcome. It is only necessary that you have the desire to develop your writing skills and share your stories.

Workshops will be held twice each month at the Kurt Vonnegut Library, 304 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, and will run from October through March (fist and third Tuesdays each month).

The workshops are free, but registration is required. Contact Shari Wagner at for more information and to register.

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"Woman in Red" may stay in downtown Columbus

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If a group of committed individuals has their way, the joyous flamenco dancer that adds energy to downtown Columbus could become a permanent attraction.

Flamenco, also affectionately referred to as "Woman in Red," was the subject of an announcement made by Geri Handley earlier this month during a talk by sculptor Ruth Aizuss Migdal. The Columbus Area Arts Council invited Migdal to visit the city to discuss her sculpture and her life.

Handley, who spoke about seeing public art in her travels to larger cities, became interested in a fundraising initiative when she read a recent article in the Columbus newspaper.

Handley envisions the campaign to transpire similarly to the effort to purchase Eos a few years ago. "So many individuals were excited about Saving Eos that it was really a grassroots effort."

The committee which was formed to develop the fundraising effort will unveil its plans in the near future.

Flamenco is part of the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial and resides temporarily at the corner of Fourth and Washington streets in downtown Columbus.

For more information, visit or call 812-376-2539. (source: Columbus Area Arts Council press release)

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Arts advocacy group seeks nominations for arts leaders

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Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is now accepting Public Leadership in the Arts Awards nominations.

AFTA invites the public to nominate an outstanding state legislator who has made notable contributions in support of the arts community in their state.

For more information, and to make a nomination, click here. Questions should be directed to Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs Jay Dick, at

The deadline to make a nomination is October 30, 2015.

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Sweetwater Sound to expand

Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the number one online retailer of musical instruments and audio gear in the United States, announced plans earlier this month to expand its headquarters in Fort Wayne, creating up to 285 new jobs by the end of 2018.

The company said it will invest $8.8 million over the next several years to expand its headquarters and 320,000-square-foot campus. The first of several expansion projects will be a 16,000-square-foot facility to house the company's marketing and merchandising departments as well as a new state-of-the-art video studio to support the company's sales and branding efforts.

Click here for the full story.

Sweetwater was a 2009 recipient of an Indiana Governor's Arts Award.

(source: Inside Indiana Business)

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State News

Indianapolis named Kennedy Center partner city
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Indianapolis for Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8. The program will incorporate existing resources of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and local arts organizations, and the Kennedy Center to create a plan for arts education specific to the city. Any Given Child seeks to bring access and equity to each student's arts education, using an affordable model, with the assistance of expert consultation services provided by Kennedy Center staff and other professionals. (source: Kennedy Center press release)

Shelbyville adds artistic touch to parking spaces
The parking spaces in front of Shelbyville City Hall got a little brighter earlier this month. City department heads and Mayor Tom DeBaun spent a morning painting the spaces with stars, stripes, bear paws and a map of Indiana - all a way to "bring art to nontraditional arts spaces," as DeBaun put it. Click here for the story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Arts on the Avenue draws crowds to downtown Hammond
In hopes of bringing people to visit downtown Hammond, Raymundo Garcia hosted the Arts on the Avenue event recently at his building, EAT, on the southeast corner of Sibley Boulevard and Hoffman Avenue. Arts on the Avenue showcased audio, visual, culinary and performance arts. Click here to learn more. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Bedford Stellar Communities project to create arts center
Few people attended the public hearing on the next step in Bedford's Stellar Communities project - revamping the former J.C. Penney building to house the StoneGate Arts & Education Center. And none of those people spoke against the project. The now-vacant building is to become the second structure dedicated to StoneGate. Read the full story here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Lafayette Theater is staging a comeback
On a clear Sunday evening in mid-July, something unusual occurred: last minute concertgoers couldn't immediately slip through the bold red doors of Lafayette Theater. Instead, they had to drag themselves to the back of a line that stretched to Lafayette Brewing Company on Main Street. Click here to find out why. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Hancock County Arts seeks public funding for director
Members of the Hancock County Arts and Cultural Council said interest in arts and cultural activities is on the rise in the Greenfield area, but a full-time executive director could take the arts scene to the next level. Learn more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Museum Conference to attract worldwide participation
Indianapolis will be the first North American city to host a global museum industry event. The MuseumNext conference is set for September 25-26 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is expected to attract hundreds of professionals from throughout the world to discuss "what's next for museums?" Read more here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

New Albany approves downtown street piano arts project
After several weeks of back-and-forth, the launch of a Facebook page in support of the project and even the creation of an art piece jesting at the entire process, the city of New Albany recently approved a request to allow the placement of a street piano in front of Jimmy's Music Center. Click here for details. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

IU Trustees endorse art and design school
The Indiana University Board of Trustees has endorsed the proposed School of Art and Design on the Bloomington campus. IU officials say the proposed school will bring together the departments of studio art and apparel merchandising and interior design. Read the full story here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

Lawrence County Concert Association planning big future
The Lawrence County Concert Association directors, now seven weeks away from the debut act in its 2015-16 season, are confident the year ahead will be a success. At the same time, the group is looking beyond the upcoming season and is focused on a future that will find it operating under a new name and also reaching for a much wider audience. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Mash to continue Symphony sponsorship
Marsh Supermarkets has renewed its longstanding sponsorship agreement for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Symphony on the Prairie series. The extension keeps the grocery chain as the title sponsor through 2018. Read more here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

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National News

Elementary students learn about community and public art
Students from Reid Park Academy in Charlotte, NC connected to the history of their community - and contributed to a public art project for the neighborhood - during a college-level crash course in public art. The students traveled to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, to meet with an artist team to learn about the artwork the artists are creating as part of the Neighborhoods in Creative pARTnership initiative. Read more here. (source: Americans for the Arts)

Study connects music-making with improved verbal skills
A small-scale study conducted by neuroscientists from Northwestern University found that instruction in musical instruments can develop non-musical verbal skills. The scientists argue that making music strengthens students' attention, memory, language, and reading skills. Click here for more. (source: SmartBrief)

California state arts grants rise $1 million in key categories
California's arts grant-making agency has announced stepped-up funding in three key categories. The round of grants issued in July by the California Arts Council gives boosts to "Local Impact" projects that are aimed at helping small arts organizations work in poor and rural communities that lack cultural resources. Read more here. (source:

Louisiana retreats on film tax credits
Louisiana has long been one of Hollywood's star filming locations, attracting dozens of TV shows and movies. Producers were lured by lucrative tax breaks that reimbursed filmmakers 30% of their costs, including salaries of big stars, without caps or ceilings. Fueled by one of the most generous film incentive programs in the country, Louisiana attracted a flood of production and became known as "Hollywood South." But a law recently approved by Gov. Bobby Jindal changes the picture. Read more here. (source:

Can the arts make for better healthcare?
Suzanne Koven has a novel role. The primary-care physician and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School is also the "writer-in-residence" at Massachusetts General Hospital's division of general internal medicine - the first in the hospital's 200-year-plus history. Why does a hospital need a writer-in-residence? Click here to find out. (source: Harvard Magazine)

Arts council to develop Arts & Healthcare toolkit
During the summer of 2015, the Arts Council of New Orleans will pair artist-mentors with youth for a Creative Intelligence Academy to create public interventions / art projects, based on community feedback regarding local needs. Following the evaluation of the project, the arts council, in partnership with Louisiana Public Health Institute, will deliver an arts-based youth trauma intervention curriculum for use by other local organizations. Click here for the full story. (source: Americans for the Arts)

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Arts Coordinator, Garfield Park, Indianapolis
Garfield Park seeks an Arts Coordinator who will be responsible for working with the Garfield Parks Arts Center (GPAC) and production Arts staff to promote and execute high-quality arts exhibits, classes, concerts, movies and special events. The position provides excellent customer service as it provides administrative and promotional support for Indy Parks Arts. For a complete job description including responsibilities and how to apply, click here. Deadline for application is September 18, 2015.

Faculty Member & Chair, School of Music, University of Michigan
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, seeks a Faculty Member and Chair for its School of Music. The position will lead the Musical Theatre Department (an undergraduate BFA degree program of 85 students) for an initial 3-5 year appointment, including overall supervision of the department and its administration, advocate on behalf of the department, its faculty and students; direct stage productions and teach various musical theatre courses, including scene study techniques. Click here to see a full job description and how to apply. Deadline for application is October 1, 2015.

2016 Levitt AMP Concert Series Grant Awards
Levitt Pavilion announces a grant opportunity serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Ten grantees will be awarded up to $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series - an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for all ages. Online public voting determines the Top 20 finalists. Grant applications are currently being accepted. for more information, visit Deadline to apply is October 15, 2015.

Call for applications, Performing Arts Japan grants
The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. The touring grants assist with the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the U.S. and / or Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas, where there is little exposure to the Japanese performing arts. The collaboration grants facilitate the collaboration between Japanese and American / Canadian artists so they may create a new work with the potential to develop into a touring project and further an appreciation for Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the U.S. and Canada. Details can be found in the application guidelines. Deadline for application is October 20, 2015.

Office Manager, Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center is looking for an Office Manager to oversee the day-to-day administrative functions of operations including IT, office management, board operations, and neighbor relations. Click here to see the full job description and how to apply.

Grant Writer, Indianapolis Museum of Art
The primary role of the Grant Writer is to research, develop, write, and submit proposals, letters, reports and other materials as necessary to secure grant support from foundation and government funding sources. Click here to see the full job description and how to apply.

Database Coordinator, Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is seeking a Database Coordinator to serve as a valuable team member within their comprehensive fundraising program. Click here for the full job description and how to apply.

Deputy Director, California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
The California Arts Council is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Director (Staff Services Manager III). The Deputy Director serves as the primary advisor to the Council and Director. This position is responsible for identifying and implementing long-range plans to support the Council's mission and Strategic Plan. Click here for more information about the position and how to apply.

Communications & Development Director, South Arts, Atlanta, GA
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Communications & Development Director is responsible for planning and implementation of all organizational communications efforts to build an understanding of South Arts and its work, both regionally and nationally. This position is responsible for consistent and cohesive messaging that speaks to the arts community at large, as well as specific target audiences within the arts community. This position is also responsible for planning and implementation of South Arts' development efforts. Click here to see a complete job description, qualifications required, and how to apply.

Director of Development, College of Communications Information & Media, & of Fine Arts, Ball State University Foundation, Muncie
This is a professional full-time position open immediately. Responsibilities: identify, engage, and successfully solicit individuals for the purpose of securing major and annual gifts for the Ball State University Foundation; plan, coordinate and implement ongoing major gift activities on behalf of the College of Communication Information & Media, and the College of Fine Arts in order to increase the number and size of private gifts. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Development Manager, Young Actors Theatre, Indianapolis
Young Actors Theatre is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized and intelligent individual to become a part of their team and help drive the success of Indiana's largest youth theatre. The development manager is responsible for assisting the executive team with generating fundraising income from individuals, corporations and trusts and foundations. Too see the full job description and how to apply, click here.

Volunteer Services Manager, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Volunteer Services Manager oversees as robust volunteer program including the recruitment, training, retention strategies, and recognition programs for diverse groups of adults who provide outstanding customer service to patrons of the ISO. The Volunteer Services Manager will attend virtually all of the ISO's 200+ events per year, directly overseeing, leading, motivating, and recruiting a volunteer usher corps of 800+. To see the full job description, click here.

Manager of Artists' Services, Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has an exciting and dynamic opportunity for a manager of artists' services and special projects. In this pivotal role, you will provide organizational and administrative support to the Music Director and a variety of guest artists, managers and composers in both Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. Additionally, you will be involved in drafting contracts, managing seasonal travel budgets, and supervising one full-time staff person and a team of seasonal employees. Click here for the full job description and how to apply.

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