Arts: 92 September 2017

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September 2017

Events This Month

September 15, 2017

Arts Commission Quarterly Business Meeting
9:00 a.m. (EDT)
Kirkwood Hall
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

September 20, 2017

Registration deadline
Indiana Arts Homecoming

October 5 - 6, 2017

Indiana Arts Homecoming
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis, IN

October 9, 2017

Columbus Day
IAC office closed

November 1, 2017

Application deadline, PACE Program

November 30, 2017

Registration deadline for school participation in 2018 Poetry Out Loud


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.


Deadline near to apply for PACE arts education grants

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Potential applicants for the Indiana Arts Commission's Partnering Arts, Community, and Education (PACE) grant program have until November 1, 2017 to complete the application process.

The IAC seeks up to five new partnerships for the PACE program, which aims to assist lower performing schools with significant numbers of at-risk students through arts residencies.

Proposed programs should be appropriate for grades 2 - 5, should occur regularly across the entire school year, and should use arts integration techniques to connect arts learning with literacy learning.

Preference will be given to partnerships located in the 2018 PACE target IAC regions which have not previously had a PACE partnership.

Applicants may request a maximum grant amount of $10,000.

Potential applicants must review their eligibility by phone with the IAC Arts Education Manager before completing the application process. Contact Stephanie Haines at 317-232-1274.

Program eligibility requirements can be found at

Workshop announced for Arts in Education Week

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Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliated or Young Audiences, will host speaker Dr. Lori Desautels for a National Arts in Education Week (September 10 - 16) workshop.

The workshop will be held September 13, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Arts for Learning, 546 E. 17th St., #200, Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Desautels will share how to apply brain-aligned strategies and activities in the classroom and empower educators to address the emotional and social challenges of a child's well-being.

Dr. Desautels is an assistant professor at Butler University in Indianapolis. She previously served as a behavioral consultant in adolescent psychiatry for Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

Learn more about the workshop and how to register here.

(source: Arts for Learning)

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Celebrate Arts in Education Week

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September 10 - 16, 2017 is National Arts in Education Week.

Every year communities, schools, arts centers, and education programs host celebrations in their communities. Whether a performance, exhibit, class or open house, local celebrations are the best way to bring attention to the cause of arts education.

Find a map of celebrations happening all over the country on the ArtsMeet National Event Calendar.

Two Indiana events are on the schedule:

Can't attend an event? Why not share your own arts education experiences via social media. Here are some ways you can add your story to the celebration:


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ArtsWORK and Accessibility survey seeks your input

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The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is seeking input on accessibility and ArtsWORK through a brief online survey.

This survey includes questions about general accessibility issues as well as the specific website ArtsWORK, a partner of the IAC.

To learn more about ArtsWORK visit their website.

To take the survey, click here.

The deadline to complete the survey is September 29, 2018.

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South Shore to expand classroom projects

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A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will allow South Shore Arts to expand two of its classroom art projects to more schools.

The organization recently received a $10,000 grant to bolster two of its arts projects for second - and third - grade students based on children's books, "The Skin You Live In" by Michael Tyler, and "Waterville" by Nick Mantis.

The grant will allow South Shore to offer the projects to 67 public, private and charter schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

South Shore Arts is the IAC's Regional Arts Partner for these counties.

Learn more here.

(source: Chicago Tribune)

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TAF announces after school arts program fall classes

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The Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) has announced a new fall schedule for the After School Arts Program (ASAP).

The fall semester offers several new classes including Mountain Dulcimer (grades 4 - 12); Poem Time (grades 7 - 12); and a special Mural Apprentice course that will create a new mural for downtown Lafayette.

Favorites such as clay, banjo, guitar, and fiddle also return to this session's calendar.

View the class brochure for more information.

Parents may apply online for classes.

(source: TAF press release)

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High schools invited to take part in Poetry Out Loud

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The Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Library invite Indiana high schools to participate in the 2018 Poetry Out Loud competition.

Poetry Out Loud is now accepting commitments from Indiana schools to participate in the 2018 recitation process. Schools can learn more about the competition on the Indiana State Library website.

School sign-up will be open until November 30, 2017.

Read the full press release.

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Survey examines careers of arts administration grads

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Arts administration, also called arts management, is a field of study providing graduates with the tools to create, develop, facilitate, and evaluate arts and cultural programs and organizations.

A recent survey by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) of 700 alumni from 19 institutions revealed a snapshot of today's arts administrators. The group of respondents were overwhelmingly white (89%), and female (73%). A majority (71%) received their degree within the pas 10 years.

According to the survey DataBrief, arts administration graduates indicated they are largely happy with their intensive education and careers. A majority (89%) said their overall experience as arts administration students was "good" or "excellent."

Read the full DataBrief here.

The findings in the DataBrief were originally presented a the Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in May 2017.

SNAAP is an online survey, data management and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education. SNAAP is administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.

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Artlink unveils Fort Wayne arts incubator

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Fort Wayne's Artlink recently unveiled 212, an arts incubator designed to provide resources, space and unprecedented connectivity to artists both in Fort Wayne and around the Midwest region.

Opening February 12, 2018, 212 will serve as a platform for individual artists in animation, illustration and interactive art such as creative coding and game design, to refine their ideas, connect one-on-one with a variety of experts in the creative arts and to see their projects to fruition.

212 is now accepting applications for its residency program. Learn more about the program here.

(source: Artslink press release)

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Hurricane Harvey relief for the arts community

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Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Action Fund is compiling resource information to benefit the Texas and Louisiana arts communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

The destruction of physical property and financial resources has been traumatic to nonprofit arts organizations along the Gulf Coast. This will also be an even greater challenge for self-employed artists, losing stability both at home and at work.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund encourages members to assist their fellow organizations and artists through donations to these arts-specific recovery funds:

Americans for the Arts will monitor the relief efforts in the Gulf Coast Region, as well as the anticipated impact from Hurricane Irma, and will maintain a central hub of information on resources and preparedness.

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State News

Notre Dame to partner with South Bend schools to offer gospel choirs
The University of Notre Dame's Sacred Music program is in discussions with the South Bend Community School corp. to establish after-school choral program in two primary schools on the city's west side that would focus on gospel music. Click here for details. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Indiana University launches arts funding programs
Indiana University has announced new funding programs it says will advance the work of faculty artists and scholars at its Bloomington campus. The university says the programs will not only foster its "longstanding strengths" in the arts and humanities, but also celebrate their public value. Read the full story here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

IU Northwest hopes building will be an arts destination
In 2008, Tim O'Donnell was hired to work in the theater department at Indiana University Northwest. The same day he was supposed to start work the building where it was housed - Tamarack Hall - was flooded. Find out more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Anderson University camp teaches music business
As his high school graduation grew near, Sam Schmidt channeled his feelings about moving on into song. But the Warsaw teenager didn't expect to be in Gaither Studios, recording it with an award-winning producer. Learn more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

How Columbus, Indiana became a Mecca for Modernist Architecture
In its heyday of American industrialism, companies often shaped whole communities, serving as a town's primary employer and economic driver. One of these so-called company towns, Columbus, Indiana, is home to Cummins Engine Company, a humble population of 46,000, and a disproportionate number of iconic mid-century modern buildings. Click here for details. (source: Artsy)

New Harmony Project names David Hudson as new ED
The New Harmony Project announced that David Hudson will join the organization as its executive director beginning October 1, 2017. Hudson will assume leadership of the organizations after 10 years of involvement with The Project in various capacities. Click here for details. (source: The New Harmony Project)

Center for the Performing Arts names new CEO
The Center for the Performing Arts recently announce Jeff McDermott as their new CEO. McDermott has been serving as interim President and CEO of the Center since Tania Castroverde Moskalenko left the position in August of 2016. Read more here. (source: NUVO)

IMA announces 'Newfields' Cultural Park like no other
For the first time, the 152-acre campus that includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art will have an official name. Read the full story here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

Revamping the State Theatre in Anderson
It only took five minutes for Meridian Street to become gridlocked as drivers stopped to ask questions and take in the unusual sight of the Anderson State Theatre marquee lit. Click here for the story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Water tower painting begins in Jeffersonville arts district
Downtown Jeffersonville is getting a big splash of color, as work on the water tower in the heart of the new arts and cultural district begins. Learn more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Hoosier artists showcased at Vice Presidential residence
Indiana artists will have a chance to make their mark on history this year as around 40 artists from around the state will have a chance to paint china for the official residence of the Vice President. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

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National News

Star pupils offer advice on making it in the arts
Three graduates of New World School of the Arts in Miami share advice for students interested in pursuing a dream. Learn their secrets here. (source: The New York Times)

Should education focus more on the art of creativity?
We have a problem in this country right now. Like the energy crisis of the 1970s, we now have a creativity crisis brewing in our schools. And in as little as 10 years it will directly affect all business, particularly in marketing. Click here for the story. (source: Forbes)

Do STEM strategies fit into elementary music classroom?
Twenty-four kindergartners line up at the edge of the safe line. They are peasants in the "village." The king and queen stands across the room in the "castle" guarded by two sentries at the drawbridge. This is a demonstration how social studies, science, engineering and math can be integrated into a music lesson. Learn more here. (source: OUPblog)

Why med schools are requiring art classes
What the heck does Impressionist art have to do with medical communication? It's a question that Dr. Michael Flanagan often gets after telling people about "Impressionism and the Art of Communications," the seminar he teaches to fourth-year medical students at the Penn State College of Medicine. Click here for the full story. (source: Artsy)

Should serious dancers go to college?
In the ballet world, the phrase "going to college" is sometimes regarded as the musings of a dancer who's not really serious about their craft. But some ballet students just don't feel physically or emotionally ready to join a professional company at age 18, and others simply don't want to miss out on the college experience. Find out what ballet directors think here. (source: Dance Magazine)

Why Arts High Schools are so successful with students
When Bre-Yanna Cameron was in middle school, singing and acting meant one thing to her: escape. Performing was the only time she felt liberated - no bullies, no fights, no peer pressure, no doubts. A dedicated drama teacher saw in Ms. Cameron's clear, soulful voice a lifeline out of the inner city and encouraged her to apply to New World School of the Arts, a small, rigorous magnet high school in Miami that draws a diverse group of talented actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists. Learn more here. (source: The New York Times)

The true failure of foreign language instruction
A recent report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences calls for more attention to language teaching in the U.S. The report notes that U.S. students have much less access to foreign language instruction than students in other economically developed countries, and that Americans are thus much less likely to be bi- or multi-lingual. Click here for details. (source: the conversation)

Houston Ballet to begin season in new location
Houston Ballet has taken a major step toward jump-starting its belated 2017-18 season, following days of dire news and uncertainty about the status of its main venue, which flooded badly during Hurricane Harvey. Read the story here. (source: Houston Chronicle)

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Accounting Support Associate, The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN (Deadline September 15, 2017)

Board 101 Training Seminar, United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN (November 15, 2017, registration deadline November 14, 2017)

Call for FY18 Destination Development Grant applications, Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline December 1, 2017)

Chief Financial Officer, Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites, Indianapolis, IN

Community Programs Manager, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Executive Director, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, South Bend, IN

Executive Director, On Your Level Youth Project, Indianapolis, IN

Gallery & Studio Technician (part-time), Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Grant Writing for Beginners Training Seminar, United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN (2:00 p.m. October 18, 2017 registration deadline October 17, 2017)

Guest Services Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Marketing Manager, Lerner Theatre, Elkhart, IN

Payroll & Receivables / Payables Coordinator, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Other States

2017 Alliance of Artists Communities Conference, Denver, CO, October 2 - 5, 2017

Communicating the Museum Conference 2017, Los Angeles, CA (November 6 - 9, 2017)

Director of External Affairs, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Executive Director, The Crossing, Philadelphia, PA

Executive Director, West Michigan Symphony, Muskegon, MI

School Director, School of Ballet Arizona, Phoenix, AZ (Deadline September 15, 2017)

Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, The Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Irvine, CA