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IAC Arts 92: June 2014


Indiana’s Emma Libersky Competes in National Poetry Out Loud Competition

Plymouth High School Junior, and Indiana State Poetry Out Loud Champion Emma Libersky (right), recently competed in the national competition in Washington, D.C.

Libersky, the first person to repeat as Indiana State Champion in successive years, recited “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost, and “To Autumn” by John Keats in the semi-final round on April 29. She unfortunately did not have the opportunity to recite her third prepared selection, “Dirge Without Music” by Edna St. Vincent Millay since she did not advance to the final rounds.

We hope to see Emma as a contestant again next year when both our state and national events celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Come Together: Community Engagement for Arts Organizations

Come Together: The Role of Arts Boards, Staff, & Community Engagement is the next installment of Indiana Arts Commission capacity building workshops. The workshop will be August 8, 2014 on the campus of IUPUI.

In partnership with the Indiana University School of Environmental and Public Affairs (SPEA), the IAC will provide a full day of leadership opportunities designed to strengthen organization boards, staff, and build greater engagement with communities.

Tentative session topics include: The Ins and Outs of Building Partnerships; Skills-Based Volunteering; Fundraising, Board Accountability & Follow-up; How to Measure the Impact of Programs; Hiring and Working with Executive Staff; Working Boards vs. Governing Boards; and How to Have Those Difficult Conversations.

Conference speakers are being finalized, and registration information will be available soon. Please check the IAC website often for updates.


2014 Arts Midwest Conference Registration Now Open

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2014 Arts Midwest Conference is the preeminent booking and educational conference for the Midwest performing arts industry, and will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota September 17 – 20, 2014.

Join 1,000 of your colleagues when the Conference brings performing artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters / venues; and arts administrators together for an educational and motivational four days focused on promoting and presenting live touring performing arts.

By day, the Arts Midwest Conference offers more than 12 hours of dedicated time in the Marketplace, more than 30 free educational sessions, and countless opportunities to network with colleagues.

By night, experience incredible performing arts with 17 Spotlight Showcases and 200+ independent showcases – all within one easy-to-navigate, fun-to-explore, bursting-with-arts-opportunities city.

For those looking to dig deeper into a topic, the half day In-Depth Seminars on advanced social media and content strategy and budgeting for presenters, are an affordable add-on to your Conference experience. Individuals may register only for a seminar and are not required to attend the full Conference.

Members of the Indiana Presenters Network will also hold business and block booking discussions, and Arts Midwest Touring Fund staff will be available for consultations.

Conference registration is now open. Register by July 10 to take advantage of discount pricing.

For more information, please visit:

The Conference serves the 15 states represented by Arts Midwest and Mid-America Arts Alliance.


Nominations Sought for Primacy of Place Community Awards

Ball State University’s Building Better Communities is proud to announce the 2014 Primacy of Place Community Awards Program (PoPCAP).

These annual awards, presented in collaboration with several entities including the Indiana Arts Commission, recognize Indiana communities that are working to enhance quality of life through innovative programs in areas such as art integration, community design and readiness for change, among others.

Applications are due June 27, 2014.

All finalists will be invited to attend a special luncheon on August 7 where the winners will be announced. Winning communities will receive an original glass award, a 30-second promotional video highlighting their respective projects and two tickets to the 2014 Primacy of Place conference in Indianapolis.

For more information on how to enter, please visit

For more than 25 years, Ball State University has partnered with communities throughout the state of Indiana to engage faculty, staff and students in addressing a wide range of community challenges. The Primacy of Place (PoP) initiative is build on the idea that a great state is comprised of great communities that recognize the importance of attracting and retaining exceptional talent. Primacy of Place represents a community’s strategic choice to dedicate its resources toward the improvement of life experiences for residents, businesses and visitors.

Indiana Museums Part of Blue Star Families Project

Joan Shigekawa, Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the fifth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the NEA, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including the National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.

Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage or learn more about their new communities after completing a military move.

Twenty-seven Indiana museums are joining more than 2,000 nationwide as part of the program. To see a list of the Indiana sites, please click here. To find participating museums in other states, click here.

“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program,” Shigekawa said. “Together with blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”


Two Indiana Organizations Among Latest NEA Big Read Grants

Two Indiana organizations are among 77 nonprofit organizations expected to receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) totaling more than $1 million to host Big Read projects between September 2014 and June 2015.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Kosciusko Literary Services, Inc., Warsaw, Indiana, will each receive grants of $15,000. Click here to see a complete list of grants by state.

Managed by Arts Midwest, the Big Read is a program of the NEA designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. Each organization will develop unique programming that will provide their communities with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature.


SNAAP at Indiana University Receives Two NEA Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded two grants to continue the work of the Strategic Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) based at Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, a center of the IU School of Education.

An NEA research grant will support college senior exit survey of both arts and non-arts majors. A second grant will support the next SNAAP conference, where researchers, educators and arts practitioners will discuss aspects of the survey findings and related topics, as they relate to arts training in the 21st century.

Since 2008, SNAAP has surveyed more than 100,000 arts alumni – individuals with under-graduate or graduate degrees in art, architecture, creative writing, media arts, music, theater and dance – from about 300 American institutions. The SNAAP questionnaire includes extensive items on both the  educational experiences and career outcomes of each respondent, including relevance of arts training, resource needs, job satisfaction, income and debt.

Click here to read the full story.


Columbus Plans Public Art Installation

The Columbus Ares Arts Council (CAAC) and the Columbus Museum of Art and Design (CMAD) are pleased to announce Martin Beach’s Modern Totem, Columbus’ newest piece of permanent public art, will be installed Friday, June 20. Installation will be aided by Taylor Brothers Construction.

The public is invited to attend at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at its installation site between the Columbus Area Visitors Center and Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, located at 536 Fifth Street, Columbus, Indiana. The dedication precedes Live on the Plaza featuring Black Violin, which begins at 7 p.m. on the library plaza.

Although CMAD has commissioned artwork in the past, this is the first commission of the Arts Council.

“We couldn’t be happier we were able to support such a talented artist at the beginning of his career with our first commission,” said Karen Shrode, executive director of CAAC. “We are fortunate to live in a community that sees the value of public art. The Arts Council is happy that we, and CAMD, are able to increase both the inventory and level of conversation about public art with the installation of Modern Totem.”

Modern Totem, which will stand 9’2″ tall and weigh nearly 8,000 pounds, will sit in an allee of trees in a outdoor courtyard being constructed as a connector between the Columbus Area Visitor Center and the newly renovated Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza. The plans for the renovation show bench seating within the courtyard, offering visitors to the area a peaceful, communal gathering place.

The sculpture was commissioned with funds raised in 2012 and 2013 during the Fund-A-Need portion of the live auction at unCommon Cause, Columbus Area Arts Council’s annual fundraiser. The Fund-A-Need called for a joint public art project between the Arts Council and CMAD. (source: CAAC press release)


News Around the State

Director of IU Art Museum Announces Retirement Heidi Gealt didn’t plan to stay at the Indiana University Museum or Art her entire career. She started there in 1972 as a graduate student in art history because she loved art and objects. She stayed on and became acting director and then director in the late 1980s. In late May, Gealt announced her retirement from the museum. A nationwide search is underway. Click here to read more. Gealt is a former IAC Commissioner. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

IU Digitizes World War II Films Indiana University Libraries announced digitization of more than 100 World War II era propaganda films. The university says the effort makes many of the titles available online for the first time. The initiative also marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The online exhibition is available for free to the general public and may be browsed by film title and subject. Additionally, the exhibition includes instructional films intended for a limited audience, such as a film instructing engineering students on how to build a B-26 medium bomber. Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Orson Wells, Bing Crosby, and Dylan Thomas are among the many credited performers and creators of the films. Read the full story by clicking here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

IMA Announces Major Gift The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) recently announced a $300,000 grant from the New York-based Henry Luce Foundation will boost an effort to digitize more than 5,000 items in its collection. The museum says the 36-month project will focus on paintings, sculptures, textiles and Native American art. The grant is the next step in the museum’s digitization efforts, and its goal to expand the online presence of and access to the IMA’s collections, images, archives, libraries, publications and promote the use of the IMA assets by the public and specialized scholars. Click here to read the full story. (source: Inside Indiana Business)

Mural Reminds Students of Their Own Awesomeness “You Art Beautiful!” Three simple words, but words that carry a powerful message, and a message that will forever be with students at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School in Winamac, Indiana. The 15 five-foot tall letters cover an entire wall of the school cafeteria, and each letter is bursting with color and smiling faces. In fact, there are more than 550 smiling faces featured in the crowd mural, according to Indianapolis artist Holly Combs. It is a project that she and her husband, Dave Combs, have spent countless hours working on through Arts for Learning, the Indiana affiliate of Young Audiences of Indiana, based in Indianapolis. To read the full story, click here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Peru School’s Fine Art Gallery is Home to Multimillion Dollar Collection More than 60 years ago, Peru High School alumnus G. David Thompson was visiting an art class at his old high school. Thompson asked the teacher if he would like some classic examples of ceramics to help him teach his class. The teacher accepted the offer, and a few weeks later two large crates showed up at the school’s doors containing 54 vases, figurines and other historic pottery pieces for central Asia. The oldest piece was created in 250 B.C. in China. Read the full story by clicking here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

Tri-Central Art Teacher Gives Students Freedom to Find Themselves in Their Art James Huntley knows in many cases the best way to spark his students’ creativity is to let them find it themselves. The Tri-Central High School art teacher sees himself as a guide directing students through the creative process. He teaches freshmen through seniors the principles of art and then encourages them to express the concepts in their own way. To read the full story, click here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)

ISO Concert Master Creates a Social Media Stir Over Banned Violins on Flight Zachary De Pue, Concert Master with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) gave an impromptu performance on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after he and fellow concert violinist Nicholas Kendall were asked to deplane a U.S. Airways flight. The musicians were told they were welcome to board the flight, but were told their violins could not be placed in the overhead baggage compartments and would have to be checked into the cargo hold of the plane. When the violinists objected to having their expensive instruments stowed in the belly of the plane, they were both asked to disembark. While the pair awaited the arrival of a “conflict resolution officer,” Kendall grabbed his video camera while De Pue pulled out his violin and began to play. The “concert” quickly went viral and became something of an Internet sensation. Read the full story here. (source: WUNC online)

Sweetwater Flips the Switch on Big New Sign Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Sound, Inc. says its new $750,000 digital billboard can serve to welcome visitors to the city and promote regional organizations and events. It was built by Gracraft Signs Plus or Warsaw, and the company says it is the largest of its kind in the state. Click here to read more. Sweetwater Sound is a 2009 recipient of the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards. (source: Inside Indiana Business)


National News

NEA Chair Nominee Approved by Senate Dr. Jane Chu, President Obama’s nominee as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), was unanimously approved by voice vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate June 12. This ends the nearly 18 month vacancy at the agency. Nearly a month ago the nomination was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Committee will forward Dr. Chu’s name for consideration by the full Senate. Timing for a Senate vote is at the discretion of the Senate Majority Leader.

NEA Remembers Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, a poet, actress, dancer, activist and teacher passed away May 28, 2014. Ms. Angelou was awarded a 2000 National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Many will speak of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life and her varied and highly regarded artistic achievements, but for us at the National Endowment for the Arts, we will remember her most vividly as a favorite poet for hundreds of high school students who competed in the NEA’s national poetry recitation competition, Poetry Out Loud. Her poem, Still I Rise, was the number one poem selected by students competing in the 2006 contest. In 1990, she gave the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, an annual forum intended to stimulate dialogue on policy and social issues affecting the arts. During her speech, she noted, “Art needs to ask us, ‘What do we think is our reason for being on this earth? What do we think is our right to abide on this planet? What is our duty to the planet? To other forms of life, with whom are we connected? To our own species?'”  (source: NEA statement)

Michigan Legislature Approves “Grand Bargain” to Save Detroit Institute of Arts Collection The Michigan State Legislature recently approved state participation in Detroit’s bankruptcy “grand bargain,” granting $195 million in aid for Detroit pensioners and long-term oversight of city finances. If the city’s debt-cutting plan is approved by a majority of city pensioners, the Detroit Institute of Art will be shielded from selling off part of its collection in exchange for limiting reductions in monthly checks. Click here to read the full story. (source: Arts Journal Daily News)

Arts Sponsorship Spending is “Slightly” on the Rise Sponsorship spending on symphony orchestras, performing arts venues, and other organizations is expected to grow just over 1.4 percent in 2014, down from 2.6 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a recent report by IEG. The report forecasts overall sponsorship spending will total $927 million in 2014, with financial services leading the pack in terms of number of deals and Bank of America being the single most mentioned brand sponsor. With the exception of associations and membership organizations, the year-over-year increase falls short of other sectors, including festivals, causes, entertainment, and sports. To learn more, visit (source: Americans for the Arts)


Marketing and Donor Relations Manager, The Cabaret, Indianapolis, IN A premier nightlife destination, The Cabaret features a dynamic range of captivating artists in a uniquely intimate setting. The Marketing and Donor Relations Manager is responsible for increasing and maintaining public awareness, knowledge and support of The Cabaret through earned and paid media. In addition, this position is responsible for implementing donor fulfillment and assisting the Executive Director with additional donor needs as necessary. Click here to view the full job description, qualifications, and to apply.

Executive Director, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Carmel, IN Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, a venerable 100 year old professionally managed community theater located at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, seeks an executive director who will provide leadership and direction to the staff, board, volunteers and the community. This individual will lead the theatre into its second century by executing and utilizing a strategic plan for current operations and the future of the theatre. To see a detailed job description, qualifications, and how to apply, click here.

Patron Services Representative, (part-time), The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN This part-time position is ideal for an individual with a customer service oriented box office team. Varying work schedule includes evenings / weekends. Excellent communications skills required. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Arts Reporter/Assistant Editor, Colorado Public Radio, Denver, CO Colorado Public Radio (CPR) in Denver seeks an experienced Arts Reporter / Assistant Editor to join its Arts Bureau. This position covers all aspects of Colorado’s arts and cultural communities and produces content for radio and the online arts hub. This individual will deliver work across all three CPR’s programming services – News, Classical, and OpenAir. To learn more about this job, and how to apply, please click here.

Director of Marketing, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN The Director of Marketing will work as part of a team and is responsible for developing integrated approaches to marketing that leverage a wide range of traditional, online and emerging techniques aimed at promoting the IMA. These techniques include the use of the IMA’s advertising, websites, eNewsletters, and social media efforts. To see the full job description, list of qualifications, and to apply, please click here.

Part-time Technical / Building Assistant, Jasper Arts Department, Jasper, IN The Jasper Arts Department is now hiring for a part-time Technical / Building Assistant. They seek an individual to assist with lighting, sound set-up and stage set-up, including load in and run of show for touring companies. Responsible for overseeing usages with low technical requirements, including some backstage / family series performances and rental usages. Responsible for overseeing construction periods for Actors Community Theatre. Assists with transportation, set-up and operation of sound system at Jasper Arts Department sponsored school programs. Assists with routine building maintenance. If interested, please contact HR at City Hall, 812-482-4255.

Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA Seattle Art Museum (SAM) seeks applications for the position of the Kayle Skinner Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs. The Seattle Art Museum enriches lives and engages diverse communities through art. As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM’s comprehensive collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. This position is highly visible nationally, regionally and locally, and is a key member of the SAM senior leadership team. Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity, qualifications, and how to apply.


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