Arts: 92 March 2018

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

POL winners
Indiana State Library photo

Warsaw Community HS student wins Indiana Poetry Out Loud

Joshua Fisher (above right) earned the honor of being named the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Champion. Fisher, a sophomore at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, qualified for the national finals by winning the Indiana State Poetry Out Loud Championship February 17, 2018 at the Indiana State Library. Runner-up Sophia Delgado (above left) of Herron High School, Indianapolis, won the Poetry Ourselves competition in which students submitted their own original written or spoken word poetry. Fisher will represent Indiana at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 23 - 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The semi-finals and finals will be webcast live. The Midwest and South Central round, which includes Indiana, will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) April 24, 2018. Learn more.

Art experiences await you at Indiana Parks & Historic Sites

More than 170 arts activities will be taking place across state this year through the Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites program. With several of the programs and exhibitions taking place on multiple days, there will be 480 opportunities to enjoy the arts, history, and the natural beauty of Indiana. To see a complete listing of the 2018 activities, including dates, locations, and program summaries, click here. For more information about a specific program, please contact the individual state park or historic site. Learn more.

Register now for Community Canvas: A Public Art Workshop

Registration is now open for the Indiana Arts Commission's Community Canvas: A Public Art Workshop. This one-day event will provide hands-on activities and a broad introduction to public art, including planning, the selection process, community-based practices and local policy tools. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Union Local 416 and Firefighters Museum. Register here.

Reserve your place for the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming

Don't be left out of the creativity and fun at the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming, October 18 - 19, 2018 at the Arts Campus in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year's event will be combined with the 2018 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards. The theme of this year's Arts Homecoming is Quality of Place for a Vibrant Indiana. RSVP here.

Arts Commission to meet in Lafayette

The next quarterly business meeting of the Indiana Arts Commission will be 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, March 16, 2018 at Matchbox Coworking Studio, Lafayette, Indiana. Quarterly commission meetings are open to the public. Those wishing to make a formal comment or presentation to the Commission must notify the IAC business office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Learn more.

New digs for our Columbus Regional Arts Partner

The Columbus Area Arts Council has relocated their office in downtown Columbus, Indiana. Effective March 13, 2018 CAAC's new home is 431 Sixth Street, Columbus, Indiana 47201. The new location will provide opportunity to create a more visible space for arts and community engagement. Learn more

Thank you for driving the arts in Indiana for 18 years

In March 2000, a new special group license plate entered the market in Indiana. During that first year, the "Celebrate the Arts" license plate was purchased by 740 Hoosier motorists and arts supporters, and by the end of 2001, that number had grown to nearly 2,000 customers. Through the following years, the Arts Trust plate has been among the top selling special group license plates in the state. Revenue generated from the plate sales has helped support the Indiana Arts Commission's arts education activities such as Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (PACE). We applaud you for playing a significant role in supporting the arts in Indiana for future generations. Need to renew your Arts Trust plate, or purchase a new one? Click here.

Indiana Artisan celebrating 10 years spotlighting Indiana-made art, crafts and food

Eighth Annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace is April 7 - 8

First artist signed to University of Saint Francis student-run recording label

Young cancer survivor's video campaign nets celebrity and media attention for Riley

How passion for theater helped an addicted teacher get clean

Connecting communities by art: Last Walking Man statue now in place

Fort Wayne Mayor calls for public art program with funding mechanism

Jeffersonville awarded $220,000 in state funds to support arts district

Solsberry's Sculpture Trails takes art to Greene County area schools

Fort Wayne schools work up a STEAM at former GE campus

Renovations done, Richmond Art Museum ready to show off new look

Former Lake County Sanatorium new home for Indiana Ballet Theatre arts hub project

Museum on the move: IU docents bring art exhibits to area schools

Former Omaha Symphony Orchestra leader will be ISO's new CEO

Music coding program to launch in Indianapolis

Report says the arts contribute more than $760 billion to the U.S. economy

Major shift announced to create more arts in greater Louisville

An unexpectedly positive result from arts-focused field trips

The arts and dropout prevention: the power of the arts to engage

Shooting survivors turn to the arts in wake of tragedy

Arts therapy: a basic guide to creative, brain-wise approaches to therapy

How Bloomberg Philanthropies invested in public art that could earn millions

Deployed to the Middle East, these troops make war by day, art by night

Job Openings (more posted daily at

Opportunities (more posted daily at

Messaging Matters: Telling What You Do and Why workshop, 2 - 5 p.m. (EDT) March 21, 2018 Tippecanoe Arts Federation, 638 North St., Lafayette, IN

Community Theater for Social Justice Conference: Uprooting Racism and Anti-Blackness in our Communities, (April 27 - 28, 2018), South Bend, IN (Deadline for early bird registration March 23, 2018)

Request for Contract Proposals, Contractors for VSA, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline March 28, 2018)

What Tax Reform Means for Nonprofits Webinar, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Indianapolis, IN (10 - 11:30 EDT April 4, 2018)

Using Smart Phones as a Marketing Tool workshop, 2 - 5 p.m. (EDT) April 18, 2018, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, 638 North St., Lafayette, IN

Social Media Writing 101 Workshop, HoiTea ToiTea, Indianapolis, IN (10 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT, March 19, 2018)

Filmmaking 101 Workshop, Roberts Camera, Indianapolis, IN (April 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2018)

Call to mayors, Public Art Challenge, Bloomberg Philanthropies (Deadline April 19, 2018)

The Art of Race: Race Relations Dialogues, Central Library's Center for Black Literature and Culture, Indianapolis, IN (multiple dates through March to April 1, 2018)

Call for community project applications, CreatINg Places, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indianapolis, IN