Arts:92 July 2017

Arts: 92

July 2017

Upcoming Events

July 31, 2017

Deadline to submit final grant reports (2nd Year)
Arts Organization Support

August 1, 2017

Application deadline
Traditional Arts Indiana Apprenticeship Program

August 29, 2017

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

August 31, 2017

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

September 1, 2017

Deadline for nominations
Indiana State Poet Laureate
4:30 p.m. (EDT)

September 6, 2017

Deadline to apply for organizations
Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites Program

September 13, 2017

Deadline to apply for individual artists
Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites Program

October 4 - 6, 2017

Indiana Arts Homecoming
Indianapolis, IN


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.


Belles and Bow Ties Art Affair to aid arts education

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The Circle City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., will host Belles and Bow Ties Art Affair Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Indiana Governor's Mansion.

The fundraising event celebrates the importance of art programming for youth and the role it plays in keeping Indianapolis' children safe, engaged, and prepared to be successful adults. For many children, exposure to the arts through out of school programming has become the only means by which they are able to creatively interact with each other.

The event will consist of live music, a silent auction, wine and canvas, live chef, and more and will attract community arts leaders, business leaders, teachers and others.

Cost is $60 per person general admission and $80 per person VIP admission. To support youth art programming through your ticket purchase, click here.

The Circle City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America is a part of the Midwestern Region of the Jack and Jill Foundation, and works to provide children a thriving community that includes constructive, educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social programs.

Help select the next Indiana Poet Laureate

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The Indiana Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the state and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the educational community and general public.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday, September 1, 2017.

Nominations should be sent to Stephanie Haines:

Read the full press release.

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Bring your art activities to the great outdoors

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Indiana arts organizations, non-arts nonprofits, individual artists, and students are encouraged to consider creating a project for the 2018 Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites program.

The program is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana State Historic Sites. The goal of the program is to bring arts into the state's natural beauty and rural settings. Program applicants may request up to $3,000 for project expenses.

Application deadline for organizations is September 6, 2017, and September 13, 2017 for individual artists.

Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites guidelines for organizations.

Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites guidelines for individuals.

This year, more than 70 program grantees are sharing over 400 arts-related activities at Indiana State Parks and Historic Sites.

See 2018 participating program locations.

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TAF seeks regional hosts for visiting artist program

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Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) is seeking nonprofit organizations such as schools, community centers, and libraries to host workshops presented by visiting artists.

The Visiting Artist Program (VAP) enhances accessibility to arts education by pairing artists (or other types of arts programming providers) with under-served communities located in Region 4.

Region 4 includes Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White counties.

Host proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) August 1, 2017.

Artists and host sites will work together to present a workshop or series of classes. TAF will make available up to $2,500 per project for artist fees and supplies.

Learn more here.

Submit a host proposal here.

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Partnership hopes to 'spark' creative opportunities

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Spark Lafayette - West Lafayette is a two-city partnership to activate both downtowns with temporary public programming. The result: new opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the many assets already there, participate in creative activities, and to socialize with others as well as learn new things and enjoy new experiences.

Activities - which will change from place to place and time to time - are free for the public to enjoy. This approach, known as placemaking, also helps make public places more inviting and comfortable.

In West- Lafayette, Spark brings energy to businesses affected by ongoing street improvements. In Lafayette, it builds on the momentum of efforts to enliven downtown. Together, Spark will bridge the cities with activities on both sides of the river.

Spark seeks proposals for art or community activities. Proposals could include pop-up experiences such as performance, workshop, mini-event, or other ideas for public spaces.

Participants could include crafters, makers, teachers, instructors, gamers, business owners, and artists.

Click here for more information

Click here to submit an idea

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Four Indiana recipients of NEA Big Read grants

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced the next group of NEA Big Read grantees conducting programming between September 2017 and June 2018.

Seventy-five nonprofit organizations will receive grants totaling more than $1 million to host NEA Big Read projects. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 for community reading programs taking place in 32 states.

Indiana recipients include:

  • Arts for Learning, Indianapolis, $14,000
  • Indiana University South Bend, $11,300
  • Monroe County Public Library Foundation, Bloomington, $20,000
  • Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute, $14,000

Since 2006, the NEA has funded more than 1,400 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $19 million in grants to organizations nationwide.

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State News

Ohio Theatre in Madison gets Indiana Landmarks grant
The Friends of the Ohio Theatre nonprofit is one step closer to renovating the historic building after receiving a grant from Indiana Landmarks. Read more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Funds secured to renovate Jasper's Astra Theatre
Thanks to Jasper LEAD's recent Give Where You Live campaign, funding has been secured for a complete renovation of the historic Astra Theatre located on Jasper's downtown square. Click here for the story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Marion Civic Theatre Board sees brighter future
Marion Civic Theatre's Firecracker Masquerade fundraiser did not bring in as much money as the organization had hoped. Nevertheless, theatre board member sees hope through current children's program. Read the details here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

IMA seeks to make collections more accessible
Stuart Alter is the Indianapolis Museum of Art's first director of technology strategy, a post he assumed after joining the cultural institution a year and a half ago. Alter recently spoke with the Indianapolis Business Journal about upcoming projects at the IMA, community partnerships and working with museums across the nation to share in the rapid growth of museum technology. Learn more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

With murals, 'Ligonier ladies' have left their mark
Ruth Elijah and Betty Peterson laugh at the memory. It centers on a barbershop in Michigan, where they'd stopped multiple times to inquire about a mural in the area. Click here for the story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Community adds ideas for Jeffersonville arts district
Residents in Jeffersonville have a unique chance to help shape their city's future by giving input on what the new arts and cultural district should grow into. Read more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Winfield's new park a nod to modern literature
The town continues to work on development of its 10-acre downtown park, and one council member said to encourage all generations to use their imaginations, the park's overall unique theme will be a nod to modern literature and literary classics. Click here for details. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Bloomington Boogies Festival entertains & educates
The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival is an annual festival featuring acclaimed piano players, dancers, food and beverages. With free and ticketed performances at multiple venues and free educational components, the festival was voted one of the top 10 festivals in Indiana. This year's festival will be August 13, 2017 with school concert workshops on August 14. Click here for more information. (source: event press release)

Mishawaka art teacher's classroom far from normal
Almost 30 years after Ryan Sergeant graduated from Mishawaka High School, he still draws inspiration from one of his teachers, a man named David Robertson who created a learning space that was far from normal. Read the details here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

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National News

State budget permanently increases CAC funding
In the state budget California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed there's a big win for the arts, and specifically the California Arts Council: $6.8 million permanently added to the agency's budget. Click here for the story. (source: KQED)

Better Together: Public and Private Funding for the Arts
From time to time, a healthy democracy will debate the role and responsibility of government. We are currently living in one of those times. The argument today is around the validity of government support for public programs like the arts. Read more here. (source: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

'Heightened Vetting' may be affecting international artists
Immigration lawyers believe the State Department has been denying more artist visas after President Trump ordered heightened vetting for all visa applications earlier this year. Click here for the story. (source:

New Mexico Philharmonic names first music director
The New Mexico Philharmonic has announced the appointment of Roberto Minczuk as its first music director. The Brazilian-born Minczuk will conduct his first concert on October 14, with Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Read more here. (source: Albuquerque Journal)

Photography class for vets more than snapping pictures
Sometimes help and healing can come from the strangest places. Back in 1973, Doug Becker returned home to the United States after fighting in Vietnam. At that time, military personnel weren't always treated warmly, and Becker said he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. As a way to combat the effects, Becker said he immersed himself in work. As time went by, he started to realize how the disorder was affecting him. But in 2015, a new opportunity came along. The California Arts Council awarded the Nevada County Arts Council a grant to offer veterans a class in photography. Click here for the story. (source: The Union)

Asian actors leave show over pay dispute
Stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have departed CBS' "Hawaii Five-O." Their characters, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, will not appear in the upcoming eighth season. The characters' absence will be referenced in the season premiere. Sources tell Variety that Park and Kim had been seeking pay equality with stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. Click here for details. (source: Variety)

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Art & Media Relations Workshop, IDADA, Indianapolis, IN (7 - 8 p.m. Thursday July 20, 2017)

CreatINg Places: Learn from the Experts Webinar, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, (10:30 - 11:30 (EST) July 27, 2017)

Development & Stewardship Deep Dive Day Workshop, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Conner Prairie Interactive Historic Park, Fishers, IN (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. August 16, 2017)

Development Services Assistant (part-time), Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Director of Development & Communications, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, Evansville, IN

Events Manager, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Indiana

Executive Director, New Harmony Project, Indianapolis, IN

Grant and Program Manager, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Fort Wayn, IN

Humanities Initiative Grant, Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline July 31, 2017)

Individual Giving Associate, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN

Membership Manager, Conner Prairie Museum, Fishers, IN

Program and Center Coordinator, Indiana University Center for Art and Design Columbus, Columbus, IN (Deadline July 20, 2017)

Quantum Leap Grant, Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline July 31, 2017)

Social Enterprise to Build Community Webinar, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (1 - 3 p.m. August 9, 2017)

Technical Director, Honeywell Foundation, Wabash, IN (Deadline July 17, 2017)

Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Conner Prairie Museum, Fishers, IN

Other states

Artistic Director, Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, CO

Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

Arts Education Projects Coordinator, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN

Call for Arts in Education grant applications, Institute of Education Sciences (Deadline August 17, 2017)

Call for Levitt AMP Concert Series (Your City) grant applications, Levitt AMP, (Deadline October 2, 2017)

Executive Director, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR