The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that it is currently seeking project proposals for a new Capacity Building Partnership Program opportunity.
The Capacity Building Partnership Program will provide funding for selected programs that further develop the professional skills of the staff of cultural organizations, community leaders and / or individual artists.
Eligible nonprofit and public organizations wishing to partner with the IAC in order to produce programs such as a symposium, conference, lecture, or workshop must address one or more of four program goals: measuring and communicating community impact; artists as community leaders; strengthening community fabric; and best practices.
Proposed activities may range in scale and formality, but must be of local, regional or state appeal and address one or more of the program goals. Eligible applicants could receive up to $20,000 per project. The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015.
“This new program allows the Arts Commission to partner with experts at the local level, and leverage resources from the field,” said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. “The program is the direct result of feedback we have received from our constituents about key issues we can address to help build stronger arts organizations and communities throughout the state.”
Interested applicants should review the goals of the Capacity Building Partnership Program guidelines found on the IAC website at www.in.gov/arts/2862.htm to see a complete list of project goals, description of eligibility, and how to apply.
For more information about the Capacity Building Partnership Program, contact Ann Fields at 317-232-1284 or email email@example.com.
The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.
Emma Libersky makes finals for Poetry Out Loud
After clinching an unprecedented third consecutive Poetry Out Loud Indiana state championship, Plymouth High School senior Emma Libersky was among nine finalists competing for the National Poetry Out Loud title April 28-29 in Washington, D.C.
Libersky recited three poems to qualify as one of the nine finalists: “A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown,” by Walt Whitman, “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” by John Keats, and “American Solitude,” by Grace Schulman.
Students and schools received $50,000 in awards and school stipends at the national finals. The fourth through ninth-place finalists each received $1,000. The schools of the top nine finalists each received $500 for the purchase of poetry books.
Maeva Ordaz, 18, a senior at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska won the title of the 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
Eleven Indiana arts providers to receive NEA grants
|The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced its second round of grants for this year. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million in this grant period.
Eleven awards will be made to nonprofit art and design organizations in Indiana, totaling $962,400. This included $757,400 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Indiana Arts Commission for programs that benefit state residents.
“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States including Indiana,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Indiana.”
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Deadline nears for Bicentennial Medal designs
|The deadline for artists to submit design ideas for the Indiana Bicentennial commemorative medal is approaching.
The artist with the selected design will receive $5,000 for the commission.
The deadline for submitting the application is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Monday, June 29, 2015. Applications must be submitted through Cafe, the online call for entry system used by the Indiana Arts Commission for this program, at https://www.callforentry.org.
Open to any permanent, legal resident of Indiana, 18 and older, artist may submit up to three designs with their application. Subject matter for the design(s) must be reflective of Indiana’s 200 years of history. To see a complete list of the design submission guidelines and requirements, please click here.
This project is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
Camp Yes, And –
|Camp Yes, And – is an improvisational theatre camp for teens on the autism spectrum and teachers hosted by the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University.
Improv is a lot of fun, but not everyone realizes that it also is a highly refined system of observing, connecting, and responding that has one major rule: Yes, and. At its heart, improv is about group agreement and support – saying yes to each other and building something new and wonderful together.
Camp Yes, And is the first program of its kind in Indiana. Its innovative approach combines camp experience for teens with professional development for teachers. The camp directly serves teens and teachers; plus it builds local capacity to expand and sustain the work.
to learn more about participating in the camp, visit the registration site http://tinyurl.com/CampYesAnd.
A growing number of arts organizations offer improv classes for teens on the autism spectrum to support them in developing relationships and social cues, flexible thinking, and communications skills. Parents and teachers also report that improv classes have helped them to see teens on the spectrum in a whole new light.
The IIDC also has launched its first ever peer-to-peer funding campaign to raise funds for camp scholarships. Individuals interested in donating may visit https://iufoundation.fundly.com/campyes-and.
SAMARA house designated Historic Landmark
|Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced April 15 that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John E. and Catherine E. Christian House, SAMARA, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Fewer than 30 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the U.S. have achieved this status, and this becomes the 40th National Historic Landmark in the state.
SAMARA was previously named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 at the age of 36, well under the standard requirement that buildings be 50 years old to qualify for listing.
Wright designed or specified the Christian house and landscape, as well as the furnishing, lighting, tableware, linens – even the Christian’s stationary. Wright gave the house its name, SAMARA, a botanical term which means winged seed, a reference to pine cone seeds found at the site. Experts regard the site as one of the most fully realized Wright designs in existence.
“This is an important day for SAMARA,” said Marsh Davis, President of Indiana Landmarks, the state’s nonprofit historic preservation organization. “Achieving National Historic Landmark status for SAMARA is testimony to the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and his client. Dr. Christian commissioned the house, fulfilled Wright’s vision in its entirety over the course of his long life as the property’s steward. He also has made provisions for the home’s future, ensuring that SAMARA will be preserved and continue to inform and inspire new generations of those seeking deeper understanding of Wright’s work.”
SAMARA is located at 1301 Woodland Avenue, West Lafayette, Indiana and is open for tours, by appointment only, from April through November. Visits can be scheduled by calling 765-409-5522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (source: SAMARA press release)
(SAMARA photo by Alexander Vertikoff)
News Around the State
Purdue alumnus’ social music app adds Spotify
Caktus Music Inc., a mobile music app that allows people to connect with friends and find new music through a unique social network, has added a global leader in music streaming, Spotify, to its list of supported music platforms. Caktus was co-founded by Keith Williams, a Purdue University alumnus. The app allows users to direct access to their iTunes library, local media files, SoundCloud tracks and now Spotify, all through the Caktus music player. Caktus is a client of the Purdue Foundry, and entrepreneurship and commercialization hub based in Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Caktus’ main office is part of The Anvil, a community co-working space on Purdue’s campus supported in part by the Purdue Research Foundation and the City of West Lafayette. Caktus is available for free through iTunes and the Apple App store, and currently with an Android port in development. The company was named one of 2014’s Top 50 Hottest Startups at Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate conference in Las Vegas. (source: Purdue University press release)
Ivy Tech Columbus continues student art show The Gallery of Fine Art & Design at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus is featuring the annual student art show now through June 15. Work displayed represents the departments of photography, graphic design, interactive design and environmental / interior design. Read the full story here. (source: TribTown.com)
Sculpture added to Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial A sculpture by Bloomington artist Dale Enochs was installed earlier this month in Garton Plaza in Columbus, Indiana. The work, titled Counterpoint, is made of Indiana limestone, powder coated steel, stainless steel hardware, and gold leak. The 16-foot sculpture was crafted specifically for the Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial. Enochs has worked as an independent artist for 28 years and has complete over 17 public art commissions. His work is in private, public, corporate, and museum collections in the United States, Japan, and China. Counterpoint represents the seventh sculpture to be installed as part of the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial. (source: Columbus Area Arts Council)
Sculpture brings functional art to downtown Logansport The bike racks coming to downtown Logansport this spring will give cyclists new places to park their rides while making an aesthetic mark on the neighborhood. Read the full story here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)
Sculpture planned for Superior Circle in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne city officials will soon begin accepting bids for the construction of a sculpture planned for Superior Circle. The Fort Wayne Board of Public Works recently approved a resolution allowing the city’s Community Development division to begin accepting bids for three phases of construction on a gateway feature planned for Superior Circle – the roundabout located where Fairfield Avenue converges with Ewing, Superior and Wells streets. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)
Limestone sculpture added to Bloomington roundabout A Limestone sculpture was installed recently in the middle of the newly built roundabout at 17th Street and Arlington Road in Bloomington. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)
Fowler Theatre renovations near completion The 75-year-old Fowler Theatre is in the final phase of a major renovation. The nearly 15-year-long project is led by the Benton County-based Prairie Preservation guild Ltd. It’s expected to be complete later this year. Read more here. (source: Inside Indiana Business)
Connersville property deeded to Whitewater Valley Arts The new sign in the window at 402 Central Ave., Connersville, Indiana announces the future home of the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, allowing members to take the second step in transforming the downtown into a center for the arts or all varieties. Click here for the full story. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)
IMA to add preschool The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) says it will offer what it calls the first encyclopedic art museum preschool in the country. The 180-day program, which launches in August, will be operated through a partnership with St. Mary’s Center. Click here for more information. (source: Inside Indiana Business)
IU Art Museum’s new director already making plans Electronic publications with high-resolution photos that allow you to see every brush stroke. Events with student-selected musical acts. An entire rethinking of how collections are presented. Those are just some of the plans David Brenneman has for the Indiana University Art Museum. Find out more by clicking here. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)
Storytelling Arts of Indiana teaches the power of a good yarn Donald Davis wasn’t minding his own business. Instead, he was asking people about their business, and listening intently. A regular performer at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and one of the most in-demand artists on the storytelling circuit, the soft-spoken, North Carolina-drawled Davis was conducting the first of a trio of “The Story of Your Business and the Business of Your Story” workshops sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Click here to read more. (source: Indiana Economic Digest)
Creative Kicks: Vans’ Custom Culture Competition for Teens Vans is partnering with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets and empower students to embrace their creativity. Through the Custom Culture Competition, high school art classes lend their artistic designs to four blank pairs of shoes for the chance to win $50,000 for their schools’ art program and have their creations manufactured and sold nationwide. In addition to providing $50,000 for the winning school’s art program, Vans will donate proceeds from the sale of the winning shoes to Americans for the Arts and will provide $4,000 to each of the four runner-up schools. Click here for the full story. (source: AFTA)
Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts tool kits Arts education is largely a local issue – nearly 90 percent of funding comes from city and state governments and policies. Advocates work hard to advance support for arts education at all levels of government; but the real work happens on the ground, at the community level. To support local leaders in their advocacy efforts for arts education, Americans For The Arts (AFTA) have produced a new suite of tools to help build, craft, and present effective messages to educational leaders in order to affect change in local communities. The ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY tool kit is designed to complement the Arts Education Navigator e-book series, and includes tools to learn strategies for making change, compelling videos to use in advocacy presentations, and quizzes to learn the robust facts and figures to present. To learn more, click here. (source: AFTA)
Common Core prioritizes the arts in standardized test prep In an age when public education has become synonymous with high-stakes exams, an inner-city charter-school network is using culture and creative expression to teach Common Core standards. Click here for the full story. (source: The Atlantic.com)
National Lt. Governors Association passes Arts Education Week Resolution In March, the National Lieutenant Governors Association met in Washington, D.C. for its spring meeting. On the agenda was a resolution declaring September 13 – 19, 2015 as Arts Education Week. The resolution passed unanimously. The resolution calls upon the nation’s lieutenant governors to promote National Arts in Education Week by working with their state’s department of education, state arts agency, local school boards, and parents. The resolution, supported by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) notes that an arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline and collaboration, alternative ways to communicate and express feelings and ideas, and cross-cultural understanding. (source: AFTA)
Does Maine really LOVE the arts? At least 1,500 more people will have to sign up by June 1, 2015 of the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles won’t issue a license plate inspired by the iconic LOVE sculpture created by Robert Indiana. Mainers are running out of time to show their love for the specialty plate that supports Maine arts. The Maine Crafts Association is hoping that 2,000 people play $29 to reserve a LOVE license plate. So far only about 525 people have signed up. Click here for the story. (source: Portland Press Herald online)
L.A. Music Center struggles amidst dissension The administrators of the Music Center oversee the venues at the heart of L.A.’s classical music and theater scene. The president of the Blue Ribbon leads the Music Center’s oldest and largest fundraising ally – and she’s not happy about the way things are going. Read the details here. (source: latimes.com)
Executive Administrative Assistant, Indiana Arts Commission The Indiana Arts Commission seeks applicants for the position of agency administrative assistant. the administrative assistant serves as lead administrative support for the agency, but primarily the Executive Director. Often acts as staff liaison to the Indiana Arts Commission and its Committees. Represents agency missing, strategic plan, and programs to the public, constituents, and partner organizations. Plans, coordinates and staffs meetings of the Commission, its committees and other related tasks. Schedules meetings, maintains attendance reports, creates meeting minutes, and prepares meeting materials and facilities. Click here to see the full job description and how to apply. Applications may only be made online through the Indiana State Personnel Department. Deadline to submit online application is May 18, 2015.
NALAC announces Regional Arts Training Workshop The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces registration is open for their 26th Regional Arts Training Workshop in Detroit, Michigan will be June 5-6, 2015. The conference will feature two days of interactive workshops, discussion forums, technical assistance and performances. Registration cost is $20 for NALAC members and $40 for future members. Click here to download the agenda for the conference. Click here for registration.
Request for Proposals, Indiana Evaluation Association The Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA) seeks proposals from a diverse group of presenters to be a part of IEA’s 2015 conference on October 9, 2015 in Indianapolis. Because they know evaluation is integrated into organizational activities in a variety of ways around the state, the theme for the 2015 annual conference is The Evaluation Landscape in Indiana. Sessions will be 60 minutes long and can include a presentation, panel, workshop, case study, or other format. For more information, email Mindy Hightower King at email@example.com or Dawn Martz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals must be submitted via email to: IndianaEvaluation@gmail.com by June 12, 2015.
Executive Director, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra Reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Music Director, the Executive Director will be an entrepreneurial and visionary leader who can empower the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra to innovation in achieving its artistic, financial, and community relations goals. Click here to see the full job description, duties and responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply.
Director, Clemens Fine Art Center, Paducah, KY West Kentucky Community & Technical College seeks a director for its Clemens Fine Arts Center. The director is responsible for the overall management of the Arts Center performance and exhibition space, with a significant role in fundraising, budgeting and financial management, contract negotiation and administration, marketing, and college / public relations. Click here for a full job description, duties and responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply.
LEAD Conference set for August 2 – 7 The Kennedy Center, Office of VSA and Accessibility, announced the 2015 LEAD Conference registration is now open. Join fellow arts leaders about accessibility and inclusion in the arts. Pre-conference and capacity building workshops will be August 2 – 4, 2015 and the full three-day conference is August 5 – 7, 2015. For more information on the conference and how to register, click here.
Butler seeks adjunct art instructors Butler University in Indianapolis seeks adjunct art instructors to teach Introduction to Art classes for Fall 2015. MFA required. Send CV, letter of interest and portfolio link (with examples of student work) to the Director of the Art Program – Michelle Jarvis at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2015.
On Tuesday, May 19th, beginning at 5:30p.m., The Venue will host a presentation and book signing by author James H. Madison, of his newest book, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana. Jim Madison is a Professor of History, emeritus, of Indiana University, and is and award winning author and lecturer.
Thirty years ago Jim Wrote a book called “The Indiana Way”. Now, having discovered a wealth of new facts, new stories, new cities, and new perspectives Jim has written a new book. Spanning over two centuries, this sparkling new history offers an invigorating view of one of America’s distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people, us Hoosiers. Join us and learn how and why we matter.
Refreshments will be provided by The Venue. Our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and other gifts will also be on display and available for purchase. You can visit the following link for free parking options near The Venue: http://bloomington.in.gov/parksmart.
Contact for Gallery: Gabriel Colman, David Colman
Gallery Address: 114 S. Grant, Bloomington Indiana 47408
Gallery Hours: 11am-7pm Tuesday-Sat, 12pm-5 Sun pm, CLOSED Monday
Gallery Telephone: 812-339-4200
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|Tell People the Story: The Art of Gustav Potthoff The Columbus artist paints imagery to remember and honor fellow World War II slave laborers for the Burma-Thailand Railway. The Traditional Arts Indiana exhibit opens May 5th.
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|New Improvisation Camp for Teens on the Spectrum Camp YES, AND combines a camp experience for teens with teacher professional development. Improvisation skills help with relationships and social cues, flexible thinking, and communication. More about Improvisation camp >|
|Alive Inside: A Documentary on the Power of Music A free, public screening of the acclaimed film directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, followed by a talk by Michael Gerhard of Music and Memory – Muncie, will take place May 14th in Bloomington. More about Alive Inside >|
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Bloomington, IN—On the first Friday of every month, downtown art galleries, restaurants and vendors celebrate downtown Bloomington by offering special performances and events to visitors and members of the community. Thanks to additional funding and a spotlight on the arts, First Fridays is proud to announce its revival on May 1.
In collaboration with Gallery Walk, Downtown Bloomington Inc., BEAD, and Visit Bloomington, First Fridays will transform downtown Bloomington into a mecca of food, music, entertainment and art. In addition to the 9 galleries of Gallery Walk, other downtown locations including WonderLab and the Fell Building will also debut shows. First Fridays will offer members of the community the opportunity to visit any of the 95 restaurants in the downtown area that represent 23 different types of ethnic foods. Food trucks such as Rasta Pops and Chocolate Moose’s Food Truck Fridays will also be available for easy access.
Members of the First Fridays board approached planning the summer months with renewed energy and fresh ideas, including new sponsorships and the introduction of monthly themes. The inaugural First Fridays theme will take place on May 1 with the Buskers Festival and will feature several different buskers downtown, including the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Mbira Queens. May is also Bloomington Bikes Month and the city’s Civil Streets Initiative will have stations promoting bicycle safety.
“We’re excited to take First Fridays to the next level,” says Talisha Coppock, Executive Director of Downtown Bloomington Inc. “Tagging First Fridays with ‘Celebration of the Arts’ really gives us an opportunity to bring in a variety of performances from music, to food, to dance to theater and poetry with the First Fridays throughout the year. This will also help the galleries highlight their exhibits and events. ”
Theme First Fridays are made possible by a generous donation from the Foundry at 304, a luxury condominium building coming to downtown Bloomington in the Fall of 2015. Thanks to their contribution, the local art community will be able to provide excitement and entertainment on all 12 First Fridays.
First Fridays and the galleries will be open from 5-8 p.m. with performances starting at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about First Fridays and upcoming events, please visit