Arts: 92 March 2013

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March 2013

March 29, 2013
Good Friday
IAC Office Closed

April 24, 2013
9:30 a.m.

May 1, 2013
Region 7 APS Panel
9:30 a.m.

May 2, 2013
Region 7 AOS I Panel
9:30 a.m.

May 3, 2013
Region 7 AOS II Panel
9:30 a.m.


Carmel Center For the Performing Arts to Host 2013 Governor's Arts Awards


Carmel and the Center for the Performing Arts have been selected to host the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards.

"It will be my honor and privilege to carry on the tradition of sharing Indiana's highest honor in the arts with communities around our great state," Gov. Pence said. "We look forward to working with the people of Carmel, the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Center for the Performing Arts, and I am confident they will help make this a successful event."

The 2013 Governor's Arts Awards program will mark the fourth time the event has been hosted outside the city of Indianapolis. In 2007, the program was held in Bloomington, the 2009 awards presentation took place in Muncie, and South Bend hosted the 2011 awards.

"The Center for the Performing Arts is delighted to be hosting the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards," said Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, President/CEO of the Center. "The Palladium stage is the perfect place for Indiana's best and brightest, having become a landmark of excellence through the presentation of artists from all over the world."

The proposal submitted by the Center for the Performing Arts with support from the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau was chosen by the IAC's Executive Committee during a March 13th meeting, and ratified by the full Commission at its March 22nd Quarterly Business Meeting in Terre Haute.

"The tremendous growth in performing and visual arts offerings in Hamilton County in the past five years makes Carmel a perfect destination for this traveling event. We'll roll out the hospitality carpet and celebrate Indiana's rich arts heritage," said Brenda Myers, Executive Director of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

To read the full press release, please click here.

General Assembly Honors 100 Years of State Song

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For a second time in the past century, the musical work of a Terre Haute native was officially recognized for its place in history as Indiana's state song.

The Indiana House of Representatives, and the Indiana State Senate each passed resolutions honoring Paul Dresser for his song, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away."

"This is an immense day in Indiana's history as we recognize the centennial anniversary of our state song," said Rep. Bob Heaton, R-Terre Haute as he introduced the resolution he authored. "Our state song symbolizes more than just world-renowned music, it is intertwined in the very fabric of out Hoosier heritage.

Nine Terre Haute residents representing groups including Art Spaces Inc. - Wabash Valley's Outdoor Sculpture Collection, the Cultural Trail, the Vigo County Historical Society and the Swope Art Museum joined Rep. Heaton and Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute, who co-autored the House resolution along with Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette.

Sen. Tim Skinner, D-Terre Haute, authored a similar resolution in the Senate.

"The state song was the first official symbol of Indiana," Rep. Kersey said. It was adopted four years before the state flag was adopted."

Kersey, a former public school teacher, said he wanted to make clear that a song heard annually before the start of the Indianapolis 500, "Back Home Again in Indiana," while also connected to Dresser, is not the state song. 

Parts of Dresser's "On the Banks of the Wabash," were incorporated into "Back Home Again in Indiana" when the Maurice Richmond Music Company purchased the copyright from Dresser's bankrupt publishing company.

Plymouth High School Student is State Poetry Out Loud Champion


Emma Libersky, a student at Plymouth High School, Plymouth, Indiana, won top honors late last month in the 2013 Indiana Poetry Out Loud recitation contest.

Emma was chosen from a field of 25 finalists from Indiana schools participating in this year's competition held February 23 at the Central Branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.

This was the largest field of contestants to take part in the history of the state Poetry Out Loud competition.

Nicole Schapker, Signature School, Evansville was the First Runner-Up, and Daniel Robinson, Pike High School, Indianapolis was Second Runner-Up.

Emma will represent Indiana at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C. in late April.