Arts: 92 March 2019

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Bloggers share stories for Disability Awareness Month

In recognition of March being Disability Awareness Month, the Indian Arts Commission invited four guest bloggers to share their experiences and programs that address the arts and disabilities.

The Indiana Arts Commission thanks our guest bloggers for sharing these inspirational stories.

IAP grant recipient's published work will benefit animals

Ashton Beaulieu is a 28-year-old artist from Charlestown, Indiana where she lives with her mother, step-father, and two cats, Cleo and Sheba. Ashton has autism and hyperacusis, but is dedicated to a job, an internship, and volunteerism in addition to her art. She volunteers at JB Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville, Indiana. She serves as an intern at ArtSeed in New Albany, Indiana and has a job at Rauch Industries, also in New Albany.

In 2016, she began work on her book, Ashton's Life with Cats at ArtSeed. Through her drawings and words, she communicated perfectly her love and life experiences with her cats. Julie Sweitzer, ArtSeed Director, and Ashton's life assistant Terry Branham suggested she write and illustrate a book based on her personal experience.

Later that year, Terry and Julie wrote an Indiana Arts Commission individual artist grant application for artists with disabilities on behalf of Ashton. The project goal was to enable her to get her book published. The grant application was accepted and Ashton worked with ArtSeed and the design department at Indiana University Southeast to design and publish the book. In addition to her book, Ashton has also designed a line of Christmas cards. Both are available at ArtSeed, NAFC Animal Shelter, and JB Ogle Animal Shelter.

The Indiana Arts Commission congratulates Ashton on her success, and her dedication to the welfare of animals in southern Indiana.

Governor Holcomb appoints two to Arts Commission

Governor Eric Holcomb recently appointed two new members to fill vacancies on the 15-member Indiana Arts Commission.

Chad Bolser, Richmond, Indiana is Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, Richmond. Bolser currently serves on the boards of the Richmond Civic Theatre, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Foundation, Junior Achievement, Reid Health Community Foundation, and is a member of Richmond's Literary Society. His term will expire June 30, 2022.

Dave Haist, Culver, Indiana is Chairman of the Board of Parkview Health. Haist previously served on the boards of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Conner Prairie, Honeywell Foundation, Indiana Landmarks, Antiquarian Historical Society, and the Schwab Foundation. His term will expire June 30, 2021.

Legislative update: some creative industry bills progress

In our last issue, we told you about the introduction of four bills in the Indiana General Assembly with potential impact to Indiana's creative industry and one bill related to tourism. With the current session now at the midway point, here is an update on bills with potential creative industry impact:

Senate Bill 255, Cultural District Development. The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate, has moved to the Indiana House where it awaits a hearing by the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee.

Senate Bill 152, Media Production Expenditure Income Tax Credit. The bill did not receive a committee hearing and is no longer eligible for action this session.

House Bill 1070, Film and Media Production Rebate. The bill was presented to the House Ways & Means Committee for testimony. No vote was taken during that hearing, and no subsequent committee consideration was given to the bill. The bill is no longer eligible for action this session.

House Bill 1554, Performing Arts Center Admission Tax. The bill did not receive a committee hearing and is ineligible for further consideration this session.

House Bill 1115, Tourism Development. The bill passed unanimously by the House and referred to the Indiana Senate where it has been assigned to the Senate Commerce and Technology Committee.

Don't miss your chance to be an IAC grant panelist

The Indiana Arts Commission is seeking qualified individuals to serve as citizen grant review panelists in 2019, but you have a limited time to let us know your interest. Panelists receive a modest stipend for their service. Depending on eligibility, mileage and lodging reimbursements may be available in addition to the stipend. Learn more.

Devon Ginn to coordinate Arts Homecoming special events

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Devon Ginn, Visual Art & Entertainment Curator for the historic Madame Walker Theater Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana will coordinate special events and activities for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming October 24 - 25, 2019 at the Indiana Historical Society.

Ginn is an experienced director and curator for the arts, culture, and entertainment fields with a secure emphasis and identity in arts administration, and a tremendous passion for social justice and equity.

Over time, he has grown to become a driven problem solver through seven years of direct experience in event planning, organizational development, marketing, programming, art direction, UX design and operations.

Devon has established long-lasting relationships by working alongside various nonprofit arts organizations and influential arts and culture hubs over the years. Arts and nonprofit advocacy have remained at the forefront of his drive since the beginning of his professional career in arts administration.

Classically trained in Shakespearean theatre with steady contemporary experience, Ginn travels from state to state implementing his performance poetry and creative writing lesson plans for high school and college students.

Keynote speakers and conference session program leaders will be announced soon, and registration for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming will open July 22, 2019.

Swope Art Museum gets $66,000 from Wabash Valley Community Foundation

Eiteljorg Museum celebrates 30th anniversary

IU Art Museum uses design to inform changes

Indy Chamber kicks off new Music Strategy

New online arts magazine targets Southern Indiana artists and art lovers

Mural project started in Argentina aims to build connections in Muncie

Michigan City public art committee reflects on successful 2018 activities

What is creative placemaking?

Hoosier artists selected for expansion of statewide project

Kurt Vonnegut Museum planning to purchase building on Indiana Avenue

Indy airport to showcase Indianapolis-based artists

Museums confront their crowded basements

Cleveland museum seeks to be more inclusive, through free admission

Making sense of how the blind 'see' color

The Federal Government shutdown and its impact on the arts

The state of black theatre in America

Equity in the arts: can local art councils do better?

Fine arts courses help students do better in math and science

Report: Creative Placemaking on vacant properties

Signs point to a slowing in charitable giving

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