Arts Eye December 2017

Arts Eye

December 2017

In this issue

Upcoming Events

December 8, 2017

Indiana Arts Commission
Quarterly Business Meeting
Noblesville City Hall
Noblesville, IN
9:00 a.m. (EST)

December 25-26, 2017

Christmas holiday, IAC office closed

January 1, 2018

New Year holiday, IAC office closed

January 18, 2018

Final grant report deadline for Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites artist grantees (Calendar Year 2017)

February 15, 2018

Deadline to apply
4:30 p.m. (EST)
Individual Advancement Program

Job Openings


Assistant / Associate Professor of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Deadline January 8, 2018)

Director of Major & Planned Gifts, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN

Executive Administrative Assistant, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN

Executive Assistant, The Music Village, South Bend, IN

Executive Director (part-time), Shelby Arts Alliance, Shelbyville, IN (Deadline December 15, 2017)

Executive Director, Indiana Ballet Conservatory, Indianapolis, IN

Patron Services Coordinator, Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN

Production artist / muralist (2nd shift), Creative Works, Inc., Indianapolis, IN (Deadline December 15, 2017)

Vice President, Development, Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook, Carmel, IN (Deadline December 10, 2017)

Other states

Chief Operating Officer, Theater District Facilities, City of Houston, Houston, TX (Deadline December 15, 2017)

Director of Development & Institutional Advancement, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn, NY

Executive Director & COO, Dance Alive National Ballet, Ganesville, FL

Managing Director, Bristol RiversideTheatre, Bristol, PA

Senior Producer, The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA

Vice President, Strategic Communications & Engagement, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Traverse City, MI



Wagner honors legacy of Levi and Catherine Coffin

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In her final public event as Indiana Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner (above) will honor the legacy of Levi and Catherine Coffin, and the hundreds of freedom seekers who found refuge in their home.

The special event Awake to the World: A Poetry Reading, will be Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. (EST) at the Interpretive Center, Levi and Catherine Coffin State Historic Site, 201 U.S. 27 N, Fountain City, Indiana.

Featured poets Angela Jackson-Brown, Muncie; JL Kato, Beech Grove; and Linda Neal Reising and Jessica D. Thompson, New Harmony will share poems related to social and environmental justice.

Tours of the Coffin House will be available before and after the program, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The poetry program is free, but tours of the home are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+), and $5 for children (3-17).

The event will also commemorate the first year anniversary of the Interpretive Center.

For more information about the event, click here.

The Indiana Arts Commission thanks Shari for her service to the citizens of Indiana through her poetry and public programming.

(photo by Rachel Greenberg)

Arts Commission fine tunes artist grant program

The Indiana Arts Commission is expanding the reach of its grant program for individual artists in Indiana. Formally known as the Individual Artist Program, the name has been revised to the "Individual Advancement Program."

The program will now also offer an early career category serving artists who have been pursuing their arts career for less than five years, excluding formal or apprenticeship training in their discipline. These applicants will be reviewed by a separate panel from the ones that review applications from more experienced artists.

Read the full press release.

For more information about the Individual Advancement Program, contact Anna Tragesser, Artist and Community Services Manager,, or call 317-232-1281.

Save the Date for Arts Midwest Conference 2018

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The Arts Midwest Conference 2018 is coming to Indianapolis, Indiana September 5 - 8, 2018.

This four-day booking and education conference annually brings together more than 1,100 arts professionals including performing artists, artist managers and booking agents, representatives from performing arts presenting organizations, and administrators from service and other arts organizations.

For more information about the conference, click here.

(source: Arts Midwest)


Cuba through the camera lens

Folk Arts

Study finds folk artists concerned with preservation


Louisville's Speed Museum lays off staff, closes store

Literary Arts

Encouraging Americans to read more


Christmas music has a big impact on our health

A year after strike, Pittsburgh Symphony is on the mend

The FBI's history investigating black musicians


Indiana Poet Laureate features work of Ross Gay


Indianapolis theatre plans reinvention with new building

Artist Opportunities

Fairs and Festivals

  • Call for artist vendors, One America Broad Ripple Art Fair, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline January 21, 2018)
  • Call to artists, 23rd Annual West End Arts Festival, La Grange, IL (Deadline March 30, 2018)


Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

  • Call for applications, Crosstown Arts Residency, Memphis, TN (Deadline December 15, 2017)
  • Call for nominations, Citizen Artist Fellowship, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline December 22, 2017)
  • Call for applications, MassArt Graduate Programs 3D Fine Art Scholarships, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ (Deadline January 5, 2018)
  • Call for applications, Creative Writing Translation Projects, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline January 11, 2018)
  • Call for applications, Visual Artist Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA (Deadline February 1, 2018)
  • Call for applications, Creative Writing Poetry Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline March 7, 2018)




Literary Arts

  • Call for entry, 2018 International Scholastic Writing Awards, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Deadline December 7, 2017)
  • Call for entry, Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, (Deadline December 15, 2017)


Performing Arts

  • Call to audition, The Prowess, Storefront Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (December 10, 2017)
  • Call to audition, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Belfry Theatre, Noblesville, IN (7 p.m. December 10 & 11, 2017)
  • Call to audition, The Matchmaker, Buck Creek Players, Indianapolis, IN (December 12, 2017)
  • Call to audition, Young Harriet Tubman, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne, IN (January 2 & 3, 2018)
  • Call for entries, Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge for high school students, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline January 5, 2018)
  • Call to audition, Pinocchio, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne, IN (April 10 & 11, 2018)


Public Art


Visual Arts

  • Call for entry, International Scholastic Art Awards, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Deadline December 7, 2017)
  • Call for entry, Women Artists International Competition, Fusion Art (Deadline December 20, 2017)
  • Exhibition Space Available, The Hatch, Broad Ripple Creative Co-Working Space, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline December 31, 2017)
  • Call for entries, The Crow Show, Arts Illiana, Terre Haute, IN (Deadline January 19, 2018)
  • Call for submissions, 2018 Multifaith Calendar Coming Together: Exploring New Connections, Multifaith Action Society, Vancouver, BC (Deadline January 19, 2018)
  • Call for submissions, 2018 Art in City Hall, Fishers, IN (Deadline 5 p.m. EST February 1, 2018)
  • Call for exhibition proposals, Arts Place, Portland, IN (Deadline February 2, 2018)
  • Call for artists, 33rd Annual Tallahassee International Juried Competition, Tallahassee, FL (Deadline February 14, 2018)
  • Call for artist portfolios, Krempp Gallery, Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, IN (Deadline March 12, 2018)
  • Call for entries, Pressing Matters 2018, Central Coast Printmakers and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA (Deadline May 1, 2018)


Webinars & Workshops


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