Arts Eye October 2018

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Emerging artists featured at 2018 Governor's Arts Awards

Emerging talent will be showcased front and center stage at the 2018 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards, Friday, October 19, 2018 at Sweetwater Sound, Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Local music talent will include performances by Addison Agen, 2017 first runner-up on the NBC talent competition The Voice, and the Fort Wayne Voices of Unity Youth Choir.

Members of the Indiana University Dance Ensemble will perform selections from "Deuce Coupe," a dance piece honoring the music of The Beach Boys, choreographed by 2018 Governor's Arts Award recipient Twyla Tharp. Formerly from Portland, Indiana, Ms. Tharp has recently been working in partnership with the university's dance program to develop leading-edge technology that will transform dance instruction. Learn more.

Committment to communities recognized at arts awards

Two recipients of the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards will be honored for their contributions to historic preservation and community revitalization. Bloomington, Indiana's Gayle Cook and her late husband Bill are, in many ways responsible for the quality of life in that south central Indiana city. The work of Gayle and Bill Cook can be traced to several historic preservation projects from Indianapolis to French Lick. Their investment in downtown Bloomington in particular helped transform vacant spaces and aging buildings into a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants and businesses

Few could imagine the 33,000 square foot facility that is now LangLab in downtown South Bend, Indiana was once a dilapidated eyesore. The former furniture factory and electronics warehouse stood empty for many years. But in 2009, Rami Sadek, Stephanie Rizk, Kahlil Smylie and Nathan Henrie acquired the run-down building with a distinct vision - they wanted to see creativity thrive there. Learn more.

Dance icon Twyla Tharp to join Arts Homecoming schedule

Legendary choreographer, dancer, and author Twyla Tharp will join Indiana University First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie for a special interview session during the second day of the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ms. Tharp has been working in partnership with Indiana University to develop leading-edge technology that with transform dance instruction.

Ms. Tharp travels to Indiana to accept a 2018 Governor's Arts Award, and offered to spend time with Homecoming attendees and participate in the 1:40 p.m. interview session on the main stage of the Arts United Center.

2018 Arts Homecoming sessions have something for everyone

You can connect with fellow artists, arts educators, advocates, and community leaders at the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming October 18 - 19, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There will be more than 30 learning sessions focused on big ideas and big ways to have an impact on creative vibrancy in your community. Check out some of the artist focused sessions:

Review the full conference session schedule and how you can register to join the experience.

New award launched for folk and traditional artists

Traditional Arts Indiana, a program of Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, is currently accepting nominations from Indiana residents for a new award celebrating the state's master folk and traditional artists.

The Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award will recognize a traditional or folk artist who has made outstanding contributions to their artistic tradition and to their community, and honors an individual's long-term achievement within an art form that is rooted in community life in Indiana.

The deadline for nominations is November 2, 2018. Learn more.

Deadline approaching for arts education grants

The application deadline for the next round of Partnering Arts, Communities and Education (PACE) grants is approaching. PACE grants fund rigorous, year-long artist residencies in schools where the impact can extend not only for the students but also to teachers and the whole school. The deadline for PACE grant application is November 2, 2018. For more information, contact PACE Program Manager Stephanie Haines at 317-232-1274 or email

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LA artist paints two-story mural in downtown Greenfield

Indy Star takes heat over editorial cartoon

New York City calls on artists to help make construction sites more attractive

Survey reports growth in arts attendance; poetry-reading

The Poetry Detective who tracks down plagiarists

Teens are using dance to protest school shootings

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The art world's healthcare crisis

Columbus, Ohio considers 'ticket tax' to fund local arts, and artists are divided on it

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Elaine de Kooning's old house is art's new home

DC's National Book Fair smashes attendance and sales records

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Fairs & Festivals

  • Call for artist vendors, Winthrop Avenue Marketplace, Indianapolis, IN (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. October 20, 2018)
  • Call for artist vendors, Full Circle Fest, Indianapolis, IN (October 20, 2018)
  • Call for entries, Indian Wells International Arts Festival, Indian Wells, CA (Deadline October 22, 2018)
  • Call for artist vendors, Small Business Saturday Art Fair, Indiana City Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. November 24, 2018)

Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

Jobs / Indiana

Jobs / Other States

Literary Arts

  • Call for submissions, Tennessee Williams Short Fiction Contest, Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA (Deadline October 15, 2018)
  • Call for submissions of original scripts, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN (Deadline October 26, 2018)
  • Call for submissions, Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (Deadline December 31, 2018)

Performing Arts


  • Call for entries, Indiana Naturally: A Nature Photography Competition, The Nature Conservancy / Indiana, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline October 22, 2018)
  • Call for entries, First Look Prtfolio Showcase, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA (Deadline November 8, 2018)
  • Call for entries, 16th Annual Photo Contest (Deadline November 30, 2018)

Public art

Visual Arts

Volunteer Opportunities

Webinars & Workshops

  • Call for registrations, Learn the Secrets of Color Mixing, Studio Alchemy Gallery, Indianapolis, IN (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. October 6, 2018)
  • Call for registration, Acting and Cold Reading with John Vessels workshop, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (10 a.m. - 12 p.m. October 7, 2018)
  • Call for registration, USArtists International: Am I Eligible webinar (October 11, 2018)
  • Call for registrations, Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival, Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis, IN (October 20, 2018)
  • Call for registration, Glass-blowing with Lisa Pelo, Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus, IN (10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018)
  • Call for registrations, Meditative Art Retreate, Studio Alchemy Gallery, Indianapolis, IN (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. October 20, 2018)
  • Call for registration, Glass-blowing with Lisa Pelo, Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus, IN (11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018)