Arts: 92 December 2017

Arts: 92

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December 25 - 26, 2017

Christmas holiday
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January 1, 2018

New Year holiday
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January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
IAC office closed

January 16, 2018

Final grant report deadline for Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites organization grantees


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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.


Adrian Matejka selected State Poet Laureate

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Adrian Matejka, Bloomington, Indiana, has been selected as the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.

Matejka is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana University Bloomington, and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He is the Ruth Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Read the full press release.

(photo by Stephen Sproll)

IAC to fund 2018 Parks & Historic Sites projects

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The Indiana Arts Commission recently approved funding recommendations for 68 projects next year at Indiana's State Parks and Historic Sites.

For a listing of the 2018 Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites projects, click here. A full schedule of Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites 2018 public activities will be available soon.

The number of 2018 grant awarded services, which will occur at 37 state properties, is similar to the number of awards in 2017 which produced 450 art opportunities.

Read the full press release.

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IAC approves four new PACE partnerships

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The Indiana Arts Commission recently approved four new grantee partnerships joining the agency's PACE (Partnering Arts, Community, and Education) initiative.

The new applicants were officially approved by the Commission during its quarterly business meeting December 8, 2017 in Noblesville, Indiana. The partnerships will each receive grants of up to $10,000 to fund their projects.

Read the full press release.

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Do arts administration grads work in that field?

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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.

The findings presented in Part 2 Data Brief by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) indicate a majority have worked as arts managers at some point in their careers.

About one-third of undergraduate arts administration alumni and just over half of graduate-level arts administration alumni currently work as arts administrators.

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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Bloomington collaborates on public art installation

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The City of Bloomington has announced its first public art collaboration with AJ Capital at the Graduate Hotel development site featuring "All Hands for Bloomington: by Nat Russell, an Indianapolis-based artist and illustrator.

"We're ecstatic to see this new installation during the construction phase of the project," said Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton. "This is a unique collaboration with Graduate Hotels and its developer, AJ Capital Partners, on a project of this nature. I hope other developers are inspired by how the construction phase of a project can use public art to beautify a job site."

The project is part of a larger effort put forth by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission and its Strategic Plan and Public Art Master Plan for the city.

(source: City of Bloomington press release)

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NEA seeks input on careers in the arts and accessibility

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Now through January 8, 2018, the public is invited to participate in an ePolicyWorks online dialogue hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Art Beyond Sight (ABS) that seeks to gather valuable insight on ways in which greater access and inclusion can be created for people with disabilities in all areas of the arts.

Feedback from this dialogue will inform NEA's effort to create a comprehensive toolkit to help employees and students with disabilities thrive in the arts arena.

To submit ideas, votes and comments on the strategies, challenges and solutions that will help create better employment opportunities people with disabilities seeking careers in the arts, click here to join the dialogue.

(source: National Endowment for the Arts)

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NEA guidelines for 2019 projects now available

Applications and guidelines are now available for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing categories for projects taking place in 2019.

Workshop webinars are scheduled for the coming months.

Click here for more information.

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State News

Indianapolis Symphony posts record ticket sales
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced its fifth straight year of record ticket sales during the 2016-17 season while meeting budget projections for the fourth time in five years. Click here for details. (source: Indianapolis Business Journal)

More than 70 nonprofits receive 'Frankenstein' grants
Indiana Humanities says more than 70 nonprofits in the state have received funding to help them participate in a statewide read of the Mary Shelley novel "Frankenstein" in 2018. The group says the grants are part of a yearlong program initiated by Indiana Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Center for the Book. Read more here. (source: Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

University of Saint Francis names record label
The student-run record label recently launched at the University of Saint Francis has a name. The label, led by students in the university's Music Technology and Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts programs, will be known at Marble Lounge Records. Learn more here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

IPFW announces School of Music among additions
IPFW will establish three new schools within existing colleges as it begins to transform into Purdue University Fort Wayne next year. A School of Music, which had been previously announced, will be part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Read the full story here. (source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

Pigasus Pictures aims to foster young filmmakers
Independent Indiana-based film company Pigasus Pictures, producer of the award-winning feature film "The Good Catholic" and the forthcoming "Ms. White Light," has announced the return of Project Pigasus, a statewide screenwriting competition for students in grades 9 - 12. The 2018 competition is now open, with entries due by January 24, 2018. Click here for details. (source; Indiana Economic Digest)

Substantial gift to support Notre Dame Art Museum
Notre Dame says a big gift will support a major museum project. The donation from Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law Carmen and Chris Murphy will help build the $66 million Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame. Click here for the full story. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

Some ND staff, alumni, students want murals down
Decrying stereotypes of native Americans and blacks, some students, employees and alumni of the University of Notre Dame are renewing calls for the removal of large murals in the Main Building that depict life of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Learn more here. (source: South Bend Tribune)

Opera house shop sparks downtown beautification
Ever since Opera House Floral and Gifts opened in downtown Winimac this summer, Carrie Hoffman said people from the town and region have stopped by the historic building, admiring its charm and rehabilitation after it sat vacant for two decades. Read the details here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

New owners envision revived Alhambra Theatre
The Alhambra Theatre at Haynie's Corner (Evansville) has new owners, and they are considering various opportunities for the structure. Learn more here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

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National News

Arts organizations are being priced out of the Bay Area
With rents rising, artists fleeing and techies keeping their checkbooks closed, institutional arts funders represent the last line of defense in the Bay Area region quickly morphing into an antiseptic playground of the gilded tech plutocracy. While that may seem harsh, things do look rather bleak for arts organizations when a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco rents for $3,377 a month. Click here for the full story. (source: Inside Philanthropy)

Research looks at what makes a poem pop
If you are crunched for time, but don't want to give up the pleasure of reading literature, there's an obvious answer: poetry. But what is it that gives a piece of verse its verve? New research reports a key factor is its ability to induce internal imagery. Read more here. (source: Pacific Standard)

Students work with seniors at paint night
With the growing national popularity of "paint nights" and the effort of adding an "A" to STEM to make it STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics - in the educational community, the arts are definitely alive in Red Bluff (California). Click here for the story. (source: Red Bluff Daily News)

Orlando Ballet to bring back live music
Orlando Ballet's upcoming productions of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Beauty and the Beast" will both be accompanied by live music. Two local orchestras are scheduled to play, and the live music is possible because revenue is beating the ballet's projections. Read the details here. (source: Orlando Sentinel)

Artists and scholars call on New York to remove statues
In a letter to the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, the signatories advocate for the removal of monuments to Christopher Columbus, J. Marion Sims, and Teddy Roosevelt. Click here for details. (source: Hyperallergic)

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Art Instructor, Bona Vista Programs, Kokomo, IN (Deadline December 31, 2017)

Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing Workshops, Purdue Extension Community Development (Various dates and locations beginning February 6 through March 15)

Call for community accessibility project proposals, ADA-Indiana (Deadline January 19, 2018)

Development Officer, Grants & Donor Stewardship, Indianapolis Children's Choir, Indianapolis, IN

Executive Assistant, The Music Village, South Bend, IN

Executive Director, Cinema Center, Fort Wayne, IN

Governor's Summer Intern, Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, IN, Reference Job ID: 612789 (Deadline January 22, 2018)

Office Manager, Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis, IN

Other states

Associate Director of Communications, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR

Chief Executive Officer, Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale, AZ

Dean, College of Fine Arts & Communications, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

Director of Arts Engagement and Education, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY (Deadline January 5, 2018)

Executive Director, Organ Historical Society, Villanova, PA (Deadline February 9, 2018)

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