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November 20, 2013 / ivytechartspartner

National Tourism and Arts Promotion Award Presented to Bloomington Arts and Tourism Groups

The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) and Visit Bloomington are recipients of the 2013 Arts Destination Marketing Award which is presented jointly by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and Destination Marketing Association International at the National Arts Marketing Program Conference in Portland, Oregon.

The award recognizes destination marketing organizations and local arts agencies that work collaboratively to market their community as a travel destination.

The award acknowledges Bloomington’s deliberate and highly focused strategy to leverage the significant arts and cultural assets in the community including arts and cultural sector-focused visitor guides, promotional grant program, partnered marketing and one-on-one event and attraction consulting, networking facilitation and training.

BEAD is one of five Indiana State Certified Cultural Districts, and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan received a 2013 Governor’s Arts Award in recognition of the arts and cultural efforts under his administration.

News Around the State

Arches First is a series of Public Art Pieces in Bloomington Arts District
The arches on either side of East Fourth Street feature metal, glass and the Monroe County staple – limestone. Local artist Reza Pishgahi told the Bloomington Herald Times he is honored his piece is the first in a series of gateway art projects to be installed in the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts Districts (BEAD). Pishgahi’s piece was selected by a review panel out of 17 submissions. Miah Michaelsen, assistant director for the arts for the department of economic development, said the goal is to have several art pieces in the BEAD that represent gateways, or transition points, downtown. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Hancock County Arts Council Looks to Neighboring Counties for Growth
The Hancock County Arts and Cultural Council hopes 2014 will bring growth from neighboring counties it will target during its annual fund drive. Each year about this time the Council reminds members to renew their subscriptions and solicit new membership prospects. Membership has remained fairly constant over recent years, but this year the Council seeks to expand that base by reach out to residents of neighboring counties. In October, the Council rolled our the first volley of newspaper ads in newspapers in surrounding counties to raise awareness of Hancock County arts. The six-month initiative, funded by a $20,000 tourism grant, is designed to consolidate marketing efforts for the council and a wide array of artisans, arts and performance groups in the county. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Theater Among Major Program Cuts Announced by Anderson University
Mounting financial challenges that include declining enrollment, increased costs, and decreased funding and endowments were cited by Anderson University officials when they recently announced program and staffing reductions. The private Christian university’s board of trustees approved a strategy that includes cutting 16 faculty and staff from the current 400, resulting in the reduction or combination of some programs. Theater, philosophy, and French will be eliminated from the current list of major courses of study. Art and communications will be combined under a department of visual and communications arts. The changes will take effect June 1, 2014. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Indiana Authors Award Secures Funding
The Glick Fund will continue to support the Indiana Authors Award for at least the next five years. The honor is presented each year to recognize Indiana authors who have contributed to the state and national literary communities. The Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, funded through the generosity of The Glick Fund. This year, the awards recognized three prominent authors: Michael Martone and James H. Madison were presented Indiana Authors Awards as the National Author and Regional Author recipients respectively. Mike Mullin received the Emerging Author Award. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

IRT Lands Grant to Support Student Initiatives
The Indiana Repertory Theatre has secured a $500,000 gift from the Cohen Family Foundation. The organization plans to use the funding to help provide opportunities for students throughout Indiana to experience live theatre at the Indianapolis venue. Through the Cohen Family Foundation grant, and with support from other donors, thousands of students will receive subsidized tickets to IRT matinees, transportation assistance, and in-school and on-line educational support services. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

Film Festival Sets New Records
This year’s 10-day celebration of independent, international, enlightening film proved to be the biggest yet for Indianapolis-based Heartland Film Festival. The event drew all-time record numbers in categories spanning attendance, submissions, programming and community outreach. Overall attendance was up 13 percent over 2012; screening attendance of 24,000 was an all-time record surpassing 23,000 reported in 2010; 1,521 films were submitted surpassing the 1,292 entries in 2012; 76 countries made submissions compared to 68 entered in 2012; and 71 high school competition submissions were made this year topping the previous record of 68 in 2012. Planning has already begun for the 2014 festival with a call for entries expected to be announced in February. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

National News

NEA Expands Creative Arts Therapy Program for Military Patients
The National Endowment for the Arts announces the expansion of its landmark arts partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to bring art therapy to military patients at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s satellite center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Fairfax County, Virginia. The NEA will support a three-month program in which a creative arts therapist will conduct visual arts therapy and therapeutic writing activities with wounded warriors diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions. The program expansion is the latest NEA effort to support healing arts in military settings. (source: press release)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Reports Record Ticket Sales and Fundraising
While other U.S. symphony orchestras are buffeted by budget shortfalls, declining attendance, labor unrest and other problems, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues on a steady financial course. The orchestra’s parent body, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, reported record-breaking fundraising for a third consecutive year, along with record ticket sales, in the financial statement for fiscal 2013 released at its annual meeting October 23. To read the full story, please click here. (source: Chicago Tribune Online)

New Software Will Help Small Arts Groups Track Customers
It’s a common conundrum for arts organizations on a shoestring budget: They could sell more tickets – and woo more donors – if only they knew exactly who was coming to their shows. But crunching audience data is a hurdle for small arts groups, who often store information piecemeal in spreadsheets and email lists, and can’t afford high-powered software to pull it all together. Enter Fractured Atlas, a New York-based nonprofit group that in late October was poised to launch new, free, software for arts organizations to sell tickets and create a unified database of their audience members and patrons. To read the full story, click here. (source: Wall Street Journal Online)


Community Development Manager & Arts Education Coordinator, Indiana Arts Commission
The Indiana Arts Commission seeks a Community Development Manager & Arts Education Coordinator to perform the professional and administrative duties in planning, organizing, and directing the delivery of technical assistance and financial assistance through grant programs, conferences, workshops and other services statewide. Special emphasis of this position is placed on Arts Education development, advocacy and partnership cultivation. Additionally, this position assists senior management staff and the Commission in meeting the agency’s mission. All applications must be submitted through the Indiana State Personnel Department. To apply, please visit: and under Apply Now, search for the full posting using Job ID number 585680 via the Advanced Search function. Deadline for application is November 23, 2013.

Director of Research & Evaluation, Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, MN
The Minnesota State Arts Board is seeking qualified candidates for an important new position – director of research and evaluation. This position will provide leadership and direction for the board’s efforts to establish and articulate performance goals and measure outcomes. The director will develop and implement assessment strategies, primary and secondary research projects, and monitoring functions to assess the impact and effectiveness of Arts Board programs and services, the effectiveness of overall statewide system of public support for the arts, the impact of public funding and agency activities on the arts, and the impact of arts on other state, regional, and local priorities. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter via the State of Minnesota’s online Job Search Web portal: Reference job posting 13ARTB000005. Deadline to apply is November 25, 2013.

President & CEO, Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis
With the benefit of growing listenership, a strong Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and a board-designated endowment, the organization is poised for growth and forward momentum. The Society is in search of a leader who has passion for classical music, is an effective fundraiser, and is excited about the opportunity to make a significant difference in the broader arts community. A successful candidate will have a minimum Bachelor’s degree; Graduate degree is preferred; demonstrated success in nonprofit management and fund development in a professional or volunteer leadership role; at least five years of leadership experience; strong financial reporting, budget creation, and expense management skills and experience; ability to think strategically, learn quickly, and obtain resources necessary to effectively manage in a broadcast environment; broadcasting knowledge and experience preferred but not required; experience in management of an arts organization will be given strong consideration. Please send resumes along with cover letter via email to Charlotte Lippert at

Grants & Stewardship Manager, Part-time, Arts for Learning, Indianapolis, IN
Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, empowers children to achieve their creative and intellectual potential through arts in education. Arts for Learning seeks a motivated professional to join their development team with the experience and skills necessary to meet aggressive fundraising goals. This is a part-time position (30-hours per week) and reports to the Director of Development. To see a complete job description and list of responsibilities, please click here.

Key Volunteer/Internship, Indy Reads Books, Indianapolis, IN
Indy Reads is an independent bookstore and they are the only bookstore operating in the downtown Indianapolis area. The bookstore is a source of revenue for the not-for-profit organization, Indy Reads, whose mission is to improve the literacy skills of adults in central Indiana who currently read at or below the sixth grade level. Profits from Indy Reads go directly toward improving literacy. The key volunteer/intern is someone who is entrusted with additional responsibilities in the bookstore, due to their dedication, reliability and trustworthiness. This position will also be entrusted with more management duties, such as opening and closing the store, overseeing volunteers, and making decisions about day-to-day operations. For more information about this position, and to apply online, please visit:

Development Associate, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
The Indianapolis Art Center is searching for an energetic Development Associate. If you are looking for a great opportunity to help invigorate a team and help to create a culture of fundraising then look no further. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of progressive development experience. Knowledge of principles and practices of ethical fundraising, basic accounting principles and practices is desirable. To see a complete list of qualifications and to apply online, click here.

Summer Fellowship for International Arts Managers, DeVos Institute, Washington, D.C.
The DeVos Institute’s Summer Fellowship for International Arts Managers offers international arts managers an immersive program of study in arts management strategy. For four weeks each summer, for three consecutive years, Fellows participate in seminars, group projects, individual mentorships, and practical assignments supervised by Institute leadership and Kennedy Center senior staff. Since 2008, the Fellowship has hosted 76 Fellows in six classes from 42 countries. For more information, and to apply online, click here. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2013.

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