National Arts and Humanities Month, a nationwide recognition of the
important role the arts and culture play in our country, is designed to
encourage all Americans to explore the arts and humanities.
You don't have to live in a
major city with a variety of museums, galleries, and performance venues
to celebrate. Many Indiana communities have a local art center offering
classes as well as exhibitions. See a show, take a class, or even
volunteer to serve on a committee or board and share your artistic
interests and ideas.
your tastes lean more to the consumer side of the arts. This is the
perfect time of year to take in any number of art and craft festivals in
our state. Art and crafts make excellent gifts that not only allow you
to share the arts with the person receiving it, but support Hoosier
want more ideas on how to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month,
check the Americans for the Arts webpage dedicated to National Arts and Humanities Month.
We are well and truly into the autumn season. This is a time of many artisan and craft festivals throughout our state, not to mention new performance seasons for many of our organizations.
October is also traditionally known as National Arts and Humanities Month, and a good place to start recognition of the arts is at home, literally and figuratively. Why not consider buying a piece of art for your home, or take a class at a local art center and make art for your home?
October also marks the deadline for Indiana schools and teaching artists to apply for our Arts IN Education grant program. These grants help bring artists into Hoosier classrooms to take part in arts-related teaching programs. This grant program is funded completely from interest income earned from the purchase of Indiana's Celebrate the Arts license plate. If you don't already have the plate on your car, why not consider buying one for 2013? Each purchase or renewal of the Celebrate the Arts plate results in a $25 donation to the Indiana Cultural Trust Fund.
Of course, we are approaching election season just days away. The Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Coalition for the Arts partnered in mid-September to host a candidates forum on the arts. The forum, held at Columbus City Hall, brought together two candidates for lieutenant governor to address the subject of the arts, their importance to our state, and the role the arts may play in their respective administrations.
It was obvious from their remarks that both Sue Ellspermann and Vi Simpson have a clear grasp of the importance the arts have to our state and its citizens. They know the arts provide tens of thousands of jobs, both in the public and private sector, that they help advance critical thinking and learning skills needed for a thriving workforce, and that the presence of a healthy arts environment adds to the attractive qualities of any community vying to attract business and grow its tax base.
To read the rest of the Executive Director's message, click here.
The September 14th Candidates Forum on the Arts, jointly hosted by the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana Coalition for the Arts (INCA) attracted print and electronic media coverage across much of central Indiana.
The forum was held at Columbus City Hall following the regularly scheduled quarterly meeting of the Commission.
Lieutenant Governor candidates Sue Ellspermann and Vi Simpson each presented their views of the importance the arts have in Indiana, and how the arts would have a place in their respective administrations. Candidates were given 15 minutes to share with the audience their personal relationship with the arts, and their commitment to keep the arts vibrant in Indiana. Candidates also answered questions submitted by INCA and the audience.
"We were very pleased with the interest expressed in this forum both from the media and the general public," said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. "Many people, including the media, traveled significant distance to attend and I think that speaks to the deep level of interest the electorate has in the arts having a place in the larger discussion of making Indiana a better place to live and work."
Links to media coverage of the forum can be found here: The Indianapolis Star; The Columbus Republic; WCSI, Columbus; and WTIU/WFIU, Bloomington.