Arts: 92 November 2012

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November 2012

November 28, 2012
Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m.
IAC Office
Indianapolis, IN

December 7, 2012
Quarterly Commission Meeting
9:00 a.m.
Indianapolis, IN

December 21, 2012
Governor's Arts Awards
Nomination Deadline

December 24, 2012
IAC office closed

December 25, 2012
IAC office closed

Nominations Now Open for 2013 Governor's Arts Awards


Nominations for the 2013 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards are open and available online.

Nominations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. (EST) December 21, 2012. Nominators are encouraged to read through the nomination form carefully before submitting their nomination.


Originally conceived in 1973, the biennial awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education and leadership in the arts, and at the same time build statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Indiana.

Previous recipients of the state's highest award in the arts include opera singers Angela Brown and Sylvia McNair; author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; concert violinist Joshua Bell; recording artist Crystal Gayle; and actors Karl Malden, Avery Brooks, and Ron Glass. Visit the IAC website to see a complete list of previous winners.

Nominations originally made, but not selected for the 2011 awards will be eligible for consideration for 2013. However, nominators may wish to submit updated information if there have been significant changes in their nominee's accomplishments since the original nomination.

New "Big Read" Grant Applications Now Available

The "Big Read" is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs taking place between September 2013 and June 2014.

The "Big Read" is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Organizations selected to participate in "The Big Read" receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

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The new titles for the 2013 "Big Read" include: The Namesake, by Jhump Lahiri; True Grit, by Charles Portis; and Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea.

The deadline for application is 4:00 p.m. (CST) February 5, 2013.

Visit the "Big Read" website for more information. Have additional questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612-238-8010 or email

Be Thankful for the Arts: a Message from the Executive Director

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The holiday season is upon us, and I would like to begin this latest message with a word of thanks to everyone involved with the arts in Indiana.

As I have mentioned before, our state has such a rich history in the arts. From the mellow sounds of Wes Montgomery's jazz guitar to the comedic talents of Red Skelton, Hoosiers have been at the forefront of their respective creative disciplines.

I take this opportunity to remind you of the upcoming nominations deadline for the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards. This event will be of special significance as it will be the first such awards for our Governor-elect Mike Pence. What a wonderful opportunity this will be to showcase the very best in Hoosier commitment and contribution to the arts. It will also mark a very special anniversary of the awards, which began 40 years ago. Take a moment to consider our previous recipients and the history of this program as you complete your nomination for the 2013 awards.

This seems a good point to extend our congratulations to Governor-elect Pence and Lt. Governor-elect Ellspermann. I have had the pleasure of meeting both individuals and have been impressed by their deep level of commitment to serving the citizens of Indiana. Lt. Governor-elect Ellspermann also took part in our candidate forum in September, and shared her awareness of the impact the arts have on the economic and cultural health of our state. She also expressed a desire to see the arts more directly involved in continuing efforts to improve and advance education. The Arts Commission eagerly awaits the opportunity to work closely with both individuals, as well as all of our newly elected and re-elected state officials.

In this issue of Arts: 92, (see Around the Nation) we mention a recent study published in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. The research examined how workers in three broad types of jobs have fared since the peak of the economic crisis. The three categories included knowledge-based creative class jobs, lower-skill routine service jobs, and routine working-class jobs. The study covered the period 2006 through 2011 using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau's Current Population Survey for both individuals and metro regions.

The study reveals interesting information suggesting workers in the creative class weathered the worst of the economic crisis far better than the other two working classes studied. This is important information for anyone involved in the arts and arts advocacy.

To read the rest of the Executive Director's message, please click here.