Arts: 92 April 2019

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Arts Commission initiatives highlighted in national report

A number of Indiana Arts Commission creative placemaking initiatives were recently highlighted in a report from the National Governor's Association (NGA). Rural Prosperity through the Arts & Creative Sector: a Rural Action Guide for Governors and States, describes in detail the principles of arts-based rural development. The publication highlights successful, high profile examples of rural communities and regions that have become more economically resilient through creative sector initiatives.

The Indiana Arts Commission was featured for its work integrating creative placemaking efforts with inter-agency and intergovernmental partnerships, convenings, technical assistance, and other resources that benefit from collaborations and partnerships. Learn more.

Legislative update: two creative industry bills progress

In our last issue, we provided an update on four bills in the Indiana General Assembly with potential impact to Indiana's creative industry and one bill related to tourism. At that time, all but two of the bills were considered dead for this session. With the current session now just past the midway point, here is an update on the remaining 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 was assigned to the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee. As of this writing, the bill has yet to receive a hearing.

House Bill 1115, Tourism Development. The bill passed unanimously by the House and referred to the Indiana Senate where it was assigned to the Senate Commerce and Technology Committee. The bill passed from committee, was approved unanimously by the full Senate, and returned to the House without amendments and is expected to be sent to the Governor.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month celebrates poetry's vital place in our culture.

Want to know more about how you can celebrate the impact of poetry? Check out some of these links:

Later this month, 2019 Indiana Poetry Out Loud State Champion Madalyn Pedigo will represent our state in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

The annual Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition is a partnership between the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Arts Commission.

NEA will live stream National Poetry Out Loud competition

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation will welcome high school students from across the country to Washington, D.C. April 30 - May 1, 2019 to compete in the national finals for Poetry Out Loud. Fifty-three competitors representing every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands will take part in the competition.

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019 the competitors will take part in three semi-final rounds of recitation from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University. See the full schedule here.

The top nine finalists (three from each semi-final round) will return to the auditorium Wednesday, May 1, 2019 for the final round of competition from 7 - 9:15 p.m.

Competition rounds both days will be live streamed via a one-time-only webcast at

Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana returns to Partnership

Evansville-based Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana will return to the Indiana Arts Commission's network of Regional Arts Partners effective July 1, 2019 representing Region 10. The region includes Davies, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. Learn more.

InstaGrant nominations are now open

Do you know an organization that's doing great work in the area of inclusion, diversity, equity and access? Nominate them for a $2,500 InstaGrant to be awarded at the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming in Indianapolis this October. From the pool of nominations, 11 finalists will be selected to receive a scholarship that will cover Homecoming registration and travel. The nomination deadline is May 6, 2019. Submit your nominations here.

Pondering the American Dream and democracy through art in Terre Haute

Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County makes appeal to community

Lilly grant puts Big Car Collaborative on fast track

New $3M theater planned for Shipshewana

Healing the heart and patient through the beauty of art in Allen County

City Council fronts $850,000 forgivable loan to Goshen Theater

New Albany organization provides accessible, affordable music to community

Children's Museum removes some Michael Jackson artifacts

Newfields plans fall festival, more parking, outdoor sculpture and more upgrades

Newfields names assistant curator

The importance of music education in schools

Art in the Sky: elementary students create massive aerial installation

Children's Museum launches major dinosaur project

IU receives $500K grant for renovation and arts center

A conversation with National Poet Laureate Tracy Smith

Why field trips and arts education are not frills

Arts & crafts provide healing and bonding opportunities for children of inmates

Prescribing art as medical treatment? One museum does

Art Institute of Chicago postpones Native American exhibition over cultural insensitivity

Kansas City Symphony names new executive director

After 25 years, Rebecca Rimel steps down as chief of Pew Charitable Trust

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