Arts: 92 October 2018

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Commitment to communities honored 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 and her late husband Bill Cook are, in many ways, responsible for the quality of life in that south central Indiana city. In addition to redevelopment projects in Bloomington, the Cooks have invested significantly in historic preservation projects from Indianapolis to French Lick, Indiana.

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 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.

A few tickets still remain for the awards program. Purchase yours here.

Registration closing soon for 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming

Still thinking about coming to the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming? Check out some of these exciting sessions that will help generate big ideas and big ways the arts can have an impact on community vibrancy.

Online Registration for this two day conference at the Arts United Art Campus in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana will close Tuesday, October 16, so don't delay.

Jon Rubin to keynote first day of Indiana Arts Homecoming

An interdisciplinary artist, Jon Rubin's work explores the dynamics of public spaces and the lives of ordinary individuals. One of his best-know projects, Conflict Kitchen, (a collaboration with artist Dawn Weleski) is a restaurant that serves food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. He works to create situations that open up possibilities for experiencing more vividly the neighborhoods and communities we already know. 

A recipient of the Creative Capital Award and a recent finalist for the International Award for Participatory Art, Jon is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jon will offer the welcoming keynote address to the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming at 11 a.m. October 18, 2018 at the Arts United Arts Campus in downtown Fort Wayne.

Sweetwater Sound adding to Indiana workforce

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Sweetwater Sound, Inc., host venue for the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards, has announced plans for a major expansion that will add about 1000 jobs at its Allen County distribution center. The company says the expansion has created an immediate need for equipment operators and shipping & receiving specialists. Sweetwater says the positions include full-time jobs on all shifts, as well as part-time jobs on weekends. Learn more.

'Transformative' gift to support Eskenazi Museum of Art

A professor emeritus of fine arts at Indiana University has awarded what the school calls a "transformative estate gift." The nearly $4 million gift from Bill Itter includes a collection of more than 500 African art pieces and will also fund an endowment at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art on the Bloomington campus. Learn more.

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art is among the recipients of the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards.

Arts Commission adds to staff

The Indiana Arts Commission is pleased to announce that Deanna Poelsma was recently promoted to agency's Grants & Technology Manager position. In mid-October, Lynn Chapin-Schnick will join the staff of the IAC as Grants & Bookkeeping Assistant, the job previously held by Poelsma.

Deadline nears to apply for arts education grants

The application deadline is approaching for the next round of Partnering Arts, Communities and Education (PACE) grants. 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 to apply for PACE grants is November 2, 2018. For more information, contact PACE Program Manager Stephanie Haines at 317-232-1274 or email

Applications now open for Destination Development grants

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development recently announced applications are open for Destination Development Grant program.

Cities, towns, counties, and nonprofit entities located in Indiana and involved with tourism promotion and development are eligible for the grant.

Grant requests of between $50,000 and $250,000 will be considered through this competitive application process. Entities that have previously received a Destination Development Grant may not apply for additional funds for a two-year period from the date of their last award.

The deadline for application is 4 p.m. (EST) December 3, 2018. Award announcements are expected on March 11, 2019. Learn more.

Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts & Humanities Month, dedicated to recognition of the importance of culture in America. Established by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners, the celebration focuses on the arts at the local, state, and national level; encourages individuals and organizations to participate in the arts; allows government and business to show their support for the arts; and raises public awareness about the role the arts humanities play in our communities and lives. Learn more.

Survey reports growth in art attendance; poetry reading

New survey findings from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) show gains in arts attendance totals, rates, and demographic groups plus sizable growth in poetry-reading. U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002 - 2017 is a first look at results from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). A partnership of the NEA and the U.S. Census Bureau, the SPPA is the nation's largest and longest-running survey of how millions of adults participate in the arts. Learn more.

Rushville intern wants to fill vacant storefronts - with art

All Alleys Lead to Art: Downtown Association announces new, artistic side streets in Kokomo

Batesville downtown arts project needs more funding

Valparaiso's Memorial Opera House rehab study accepted; expansion eyed

Youth getting first say on future Michigan City central plaza in Uptown Arts District

Public art a big part of the renaissance in Jeffersonville

Colorful and carefree: LA artist paints two-story mural in downtown Greenfield

Brownsburg Jiffy Lube among several area company stores displaying public art

Businesses, nonprofits, driving push for public art in Indianapolis

Michael Bloomberg visits ArtHouse he funded in downtown Gary

Notre Dame appoints director for Snite Museum

IndyBaroque Music Inc. hires new President and CEO

White River State Park to add permanent concert venue

Monumental Award winners help build better quality of life

High school in Hammond to create STREAM lab

San Antonio requires all funded arts organizations to do data analysis

Dallas prepares new citywide cultural plan

Major donation of art elevates The Hirshhorn Collection

How do museums protect their collections from fire?

Selfie culture has some museums caving on strict no-photo policies

Flying should be more like going to arts museums

The Atlanta Symphony's turnaround from the director's perspective

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