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February 26, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

Ivy Tech Waldron announces Community Arts Award winners

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a Community Arts Awards reception and fundraiser on Saturday, March 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Community Arts Award recipients will receive their awards, and guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment and live art creation, with opportunities to bid on visual art created by local artists.


“The arts in Bloomington contribute to our quality of life, as well as our economic health, to the tune of $72.3 million,” said Paul Daily, Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Ivy Tech Waldron Artistic Director. “We’re excited to host an entertaining awards celebration at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center to celebrate arts advocates and to advance the arts in our community.”


Categories and recipients of Community Arts Awards 2015 are as follows: Arts Advocate, Jim Manion, WFHB; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Jane C. Otten, owner, Pygmalion’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2007; Arts in Business, BLOOM Magazine; and Arts in Education, Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman, The Project School.


Entertainment at the awards reception will be provided by emcees Paul Daily, and John Whikehart, Chancellor Emeritus, who will reprise their roles from the fall 2014 performance of “Mass Appeal.”


Additional entertainment will include a performance by David Chervony, circus artist and actor based in New Orleans, La. Chervony is a native of Chicago, Ill. and is an Indiana University graduate who also performed in Ivy Tech Student Productions at the Ivy Tech Waldron. Chervony can be seen in recent TurboTax TV spot, “Taxes Done Right: 2015 Mardi Gras Statues” (

The event is planned in celebration of the John Waldron Arts Center’s 2015 building centennial. Proceeds will benefit arts instruction and youth arts scholarships at Ivy Tech-Bloomington.


There is no cost to attend Community Arts Awards 2015, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling (812) 330-6235 or emailing by Friday, February 27. Space is limited.


More information about the event and award winners at

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8. Region 8 includes Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties. For IAC region 8 news, visit and click on Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.


About Ivy Tech Community College Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.





David Chervony Chervony has been performing with the Acrofabulous Circus for over a decade and recently produced and performed a one man juggling show, “After the Drop,” for the New Orleans Fringe Fest. David is also a circus arts educator and has choreographed youth circus acts for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Full Bios – Award Winners Arts Advocate Winner – Jim Manion Jim Manion was a key proponent in the establishment of WFHB Community Radio in 1991. Since then, Manion has served as music director for more than 20 years. He generously provides local and national artists with live studio time and travels off-site to broadcast performances. Manion has provided more than 1,000 volunteer DJs an opportunity to broadcast over the 20+ years of WFHB on-air history. He has sought out different voices and personalities to ensure that WFHB’s voices reflect the community. Each year, Manion produces two different CDs from recordings of live WFHB performance broadcasts, and leads the annual Acoustic Roots Festival, WFHB’s largest musical fundraiser. Prior to WFHB, Jim was active for many years as a DJ with WQAX cable radio. As a drummer, Manion performed locally, and produced several local artist cassettes on his Sirius Music label.

Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement Winner – Jane C. Otten Jane C. Otten has supported the Bloomington Arts Community for decades. As the owner of Pygmalion’s Arts Supplies from 1975 until 2007, she provided a source of excellent quality art materials and professional help to area artists and Indiana University Fine Arts students. From her downtown business vantage point, Otten was combination mentor and den mother to several generations of artists for whom she was a nurturing and reliable advocate. Otten has served on the board of the Friends of Art for many years and is a generous supporter of the Friends of Art Bookstore. She is also an active member of the local chapter of National Society of Arts and Letters. Over the years, Otten has generously supported the Arts in our community, including the 4th Street Festival of the Arts and many other Arts events and organizations. Her involvement in the Arts continues with her own art work and her support of the Arts in Bloomington.  Arts in Business Winner – Bloom Magazine Beginning with its first publication in 2006, Bloom Magazine has been an ardent supporter of Bloomington arts – visual, performing, and literary. Bloom has consistently supported art through editorials, feature articles, interviews, and other endeavors. It has featured numerous local artists (actors, storytellers, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, film makers and writers, etc.) in each issue. Bloom’s book club supports local authors. Additionally, through corporate sponsorships, advertising, and in-kind services, Bloom has provided financial support to the arts. Bloom hosts its annual Local Artists Showcase (now in its fourth year) to provide local artists with exposure at an affordable booth rental cost. Proceeds from the event are given to the Convention Center to purchase local art for its permanent collection.

Arts in Education Winner – Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman The collaboration of The Project School instructors Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman, results in a holistic arts education for students. In addition to teaching traditional and formal techniques for visual and performing arts, Irvine and Bultman partner with other faculty to connect their arts learning to the curriculum as a whole. Through Irvine and Bultman, students create art for public spaces, including exhibits, public installations, murals and art gifts to beautify agencies such as Shalom Community Center. Irvine and Bultman’s artistic influence does not end with their student population. Their work is often available to and enjoyed by the broader Bloomington community through public performances and collaborative projects.



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