Arts: 92 July 2019

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Anne Basting (left), and Antoine Hunter (right)

Keynote speakers announced for 2019 Arts Homecoming

Anne Basting of Time Slips and Antoine Hunter of Urban Jazz Dance Company have been announced as the keynote speakers for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming.

The conference will be Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, 2019 at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana. Homecoming sessions will explore what Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access: Arts for All means in practice.

Registration for the conference opens July 26, 2019. Learn more.

Deadline near to apply for Homecoming scholarships

It's not too late to apply for a scholarship to attended the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming October 24 - 25, 2019. The two-day convening will focus on the theme of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.

Applications are being accepted through July 19, 2019.

Click here for more information.

Arts Commission names new officers

The Indiana Arts Commission selected new officers at its June 14th Quarterly Business Meeting in Indianapolis.

Allen C. Platt III (Floyds Knobs) was elected Chair of the Commission, Alberta Barker (Lafayette) was selected Vice-Chair, and Anne Penny Valentine will serve as Secretary. Learn more.

Public nominations now open for Indiana Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is currently accepting public nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, pursues individual initiatives to advance the knowledge and appreciate of poetry, and offers advice to the IAC to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

Nominations must be submitted by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, September 5, 2019.Nominations should be emailed to Bridget Eckert at

Nominations should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments.

Nominees should be published poets with experience in educational program development. Learn more.

Indiana high school student among National Student Poets

A high school student from Fishers, Indiana is among five students recently selected as National Student Poets, the nation's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.

Salma Mohammad, a junior at Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers, was selected as the Midwest regional representative of National Student Poets.

The National Student Poets Program is a partnership of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nearly century-old program known for its recognition and celebration of the country's most creative teens.

Apply now for Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites grants

The Indiana Arts Commission is accepting grant applications for its Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites 2020 program. The grant program assists organizations and artists with bringing participatory arts activities into Indiana's state parks and historic sites.

This grant opportunity funds participatory arts activities celebrating Indiana State Parks and State Historic Sites. Not only are the projects family-friendly fun, they are a great opportunity to building partnerships with a participating site and expand the audience for your organization's work. See the program guidelines here.

Online applications may be made here.

The application deadline for organizations is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) September 5, 2019.

AFTA launches redesigned pARTnership Movement website

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) recently unveiled a redesigned pARTnership Movement website to help the arts field cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses, and to demonstrate the business case for partnership with the arts to create competitive edge.

Corporate leaders often cite the need for creativity as a top skill among their employees. In fact, 53 percent of companies surveyed say that partnering with the arts supports their corporate objective to stimulate creative problem solving and thinking. Yet according to AFTA research, 63 percent of companies have never been asked to support the arts. With limited capacity, and the challenge of even knowing where to start, arts organizations often miss opportunities to create beneficial partnerships.

The pARTnership Movement is a response to this: providing stories, research, tools, and resources to flip the conversation from 'how can you help me?' to 'how can we help each other achieve our respective goals through shared purpose?'.

When businesses leverage the arts to achieve their goals, they gets more inspired and engaged employees, gain a competitive edge, and boost economic vitality. Read AFTA's recent blog post that walks through the functionality of the redesigned site.

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Thyen-Clark Cultural Center won't change library, art funding once construction is completed

Large-scale photography collection on display at Goshen College

Work begins on New Albany public art skate park

Artist known for public work transforms building in Brazil

Hebron students put artistic skills on display with new downtown mural

Artwork could grace Dubois County dumpsters

Four South Central Indiana cultural providers receive CMAD grants

Indy Music Strategy entering into next phase

Art installation picked for Bloomington's Trade District

Eiteljorg Museum acquires major Great Lakes collection

IU art museum gets $4 million gift

With governor's veto, Alaska could become the only state without an arts agency

Baltimore Symphony's financial woes may be worse than outsiders thought

Maryland Governor says he won't release funds to help symphony

How the creative placemaking tide lifts all boats

Does historic preservation speed up gentrification?

Does landmarking buildings help or hurt a neighborhood?

Why are sports arenas installing contemporary art?

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