Arts: 92 May 2017

Arts: 92

May 2017

Events This Month

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day holiday
IAC office closed

May 30, 2017

Committee on the Future
10:00 a.m. (EDT)
IAC office
Indianapolis, IN

June 1, 2017

Programs, Grants & Services Committee
1:30 p.m. (EDT)
IAC office
Indianapolis, IN

June 6, 2017

Executive Committee
10:00 a.m. (EDT)
IAC office
Indianapolis, IN

June 8 - 9, 2017

From the Ground Up!
A Creative Placemaking Workshop
Indianapolis, IN

June 16, 2017

Commission Quarterly Business Meeting
9:00 a.m. (EDT)
Indianapolis, IN

June 30, 2017

Final grant report deadline
Year one
PACE (FY 16-17)


Our Mission

To positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our state's citizens and communities.


Creative placemaking workshop for communities

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There are still some registration slots open for the June workshop "From the Ground Up."

The day and a half-long workshop will introduce creative placemaking as a viable strategy for small and / or primarily rural communities and neighborhoods.

Communities embarking on a new placemaking initiative may find the workshop especially helpful. Sessions will focus on getting the community on board, setting goals and measuring outcomes, and managing a long-term initiative.

For more information, contact Anna Tragesser at 317.232.1281 or email

Poet Helen Frost featured by State Poet Laureate

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Indiana has a rich poetry history and each month, but Indiana State Poet Laureate Shari Wagner wants people to know more about our state's contemporary poets.

Each month, she uses her website Through the Sycamores, to feature the work of an Indiana poet. This month, she introduces the work of Fort Wayne poet Helen Frost (above).

Frost writes for children, teens, and adults. Her books include novels-in-poems, anthologies, plays, picture books, and a book about teaching writing.

She is also a recipient of a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Poetry Fellowship, and her books have received a number of awards including the Michael L. Prinz Honor from the American Library Association.

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State's Poetry Out Loud Champ takes top honor

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Indiana State Poetry Out Loud Champion Shelby Newland (left) may not have been among the finalists for the National Poetry Out Loud Finals, but she nevertheless left her creative mark on the competition.

Newland, a senior at Bloomington High School South, won top honors for original composition during the Poetry Ourselves component of the national competition.

  • Watch her recitation here

Originally presented as a companion event to the 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Finals, Poetry Ourselves gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their creative writing and recitation talents.

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Poet Laureate, Humanities partnered for Poetry Month

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State Poet Laureate Shari Wagner (left) teamed up with Indiana Humanities during April to feature the work of Hoosier poets during National Poetry Month.

The project began in 2010 with the Indiana Poet Laureate responsible for selecting poems and, beginning in 2016, writing a prompt inspired by each work of poetry selected.

(photo by Rachel Greenberg)

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Art festival's mission helps those with substance abuse

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The Sixth Annual Hooked on Art - Live Street Art Festival, held in downtown Chesterton, Indiana (September 23, 2017) will once again attract artists from throughout Indiana, the Midwest and beyond.

The festival includes interactive art activities, creative and culinary fun for kids, live music, food, and dozens of live street artists and vendors.

Hosted by Frontline Foundation, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment center serving LaPorte and Porter counties, the festival is known for its variety of artists and mediums.

The festival takes place alongside the Duneland Chamber's popular European Market, hosting crowds from across the region.

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Registration now open for 2017 LEAD Conference

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Registration is now open for the 2017 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference.

Each year the Kennedy Center's LEAD Conference brings experienced and new professionals together to explore practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments. At LEAD, participants acquire resources, develop best practices, and experience accessibility in action.

The conference will take place August 6 - 10, 2017 in Austin, Texas in collaboration with the Texas Commission on the Arts, VSA Texas, and The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

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State News

Arts projects dominate state's Quality of Place grants
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) have awarded more than $100,000 to 23 cities, towns and organizations through the Quick Impact Placebased Grant Program. The effort provides matching grants for quality of place initiatives, and arts-related projects dominated the latest round of grants. Click here for details.(source: Inside Indiana Business)

New Albany group to launch skate-able work of public art
A collaboration to transform New Albany's riverfront skatepark is currently in the works. The plan is to transform the park into a skate-able work of public art. Read more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

National Art Museum of Sport finds new home
A collection of more than 900 sports-related works of art will soon have a permanent home in Indianapolis. The National Art Museum of Sport presented by The Rapp Family will reside in the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Read the full story here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

Historic theater lands Regional Cities funding
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has approved $1 million in Regional Cities Initiative funding for the renovation of the historic Clyde Theatre in northeast Indiana. Learn more here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

TheatreWorks to offer New Albandy entertainment option
Promoting the arts and historic preservation, TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana is moving into permanent digs in the 1837 Indiana State Bank Building - often called the Parthenon building. After months of renovation, the facility has been transformed into a community arts center and performance venue. Click here for details. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Movies flicker again on landmark Indiana theater screen
A southeast Indiana landmark that dates back 180 years if again showing movies. The Hoosier Theater in Vevay has served as various times as a warehouse, the city's first post office, the home of a newspaper, and a community arts center. Click here for the story. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

South Bend Symphony hires new music director
Alastair Willis, Grammy-nominated conductor, has been named as the new music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Willis was the first of five conductors to appear with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, as part of the Music Director Search process, during the 2016-2017 "Season of Discovery." (source: South Bend Symphony Orchestra)

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National News

Congress approves more money for NEA
Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the nation's federal agencies and programs for the remaining balance of the current fiscal year 2017. None of the nation's arts and cultural agencies nor programs incurred a budget cut in the latest agreement. In fact, many of them received funding increases for the year, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The agency's budget will increase from $148 million to $149.8 million. (source: Americans for the Arts)

Outcry prompts lawmakers to scrap cuts to art school
Lawmakers in Tallahassee largely reversed course on plans to cut $650,000 in state grant funding to the Miami arts school whose alumni helped create the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight" and the Broadway hit "Hamilton." Read the full story here. (source: Miami Herald)

What other states could learn from Rhode Island
While Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the country, Little Rhody has become a powerhouse when it comes to attracting artists and art lovers to its shores. And the method by which state leaders have leveraged Rhode Island's tax code to benefit the creative community could serve as a model for other states looking to cultivate a stronger arts economy. Click here to learn more. (source: Charleston City Paper)

The 20 "most vibrant" arts communities in America
SMU's National Center of Arts Research (NCAR) has announced its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. Click here for the story. (source: National Center for Arts Research)

Report finds mixed grades for U.S. students in the arts
For only the third time ever, the government released recently a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music. Learn more here. (source: NPR)

How big is the online arts market? Depends who you ask
Is the change-adverse arts market finally beginning to embrace the Internet? The ArtTactic/Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2017, released recently, describes the online sphere as "a market yet to awaken." Click here for the story. (source: ArtNet)

Bringing respect to the craft artists at L.A. museum
Giving lesser-known artists visibility is key to the mission of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, says Executive Director Suzanne Isken, whose institution has an annual operating budget of about $730,000 - less than what some Hollywood stars make for a few days work. Which is why a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts has been so crucial for the L.A. museum to stage its current exhibition. Read more here. (source: Los Angeles Times)

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Administrative Assistant / Receptionist, Music for All, Indianapolis, IN

Advertising & Promotions Manager, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Development Director, Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health & Technology, Bloomington, IN (Deadline June 1, 2017)

Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Director of Marketing & Communications, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Director of Marketing & Communications, Indianapolis School of Ballet, Indianapolis, IN

Director of Operations, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN

Grant Writing Class, City of Lawrence Police Dept. & Grant Writing USA, Lawrence, IN (June 7 - 8, 2017)

Managing Director, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline May 31, 2017)

Marketing Manager, Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, IN (Deadline May 25, 2017)

Member Services Coordinator, WFIU / WTIU, Bloomington, IN (Deadline May 18, 2017)

President / Chief Executive Officer, The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN (Deadline June 9, 2017)

Program Specialist (part-time) Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus, IN (Deadline May 22, 2017)

Special Education Support Specialist, HANDS in Autism, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Deadline May 31, 2017)

Other States

Arts in Corrections: Building Bridges to the Future Conference, California Lawyers Association, William James Association, and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (June 26 - 30, 2017)

Community Engagement Manager, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI

Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach, FL

Director of Finance & Administration, New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA

Director of Major Gifts, Programs and Exhibitions, Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

Director of Public Art, Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale, AZ

Executive Director, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR

Executive Director, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City, NV

Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, Nashville, TN

Marketing & PR Manager, Miami Music Festival, Miami, FL

Sales & Advertising Manager, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Deadline May 23, 2017)

Staff Accountant, New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA (Deadline June 9, 2017)