Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced the six recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards today. The 2013 recipients of theIndiana Governor’s Arts Awards are: Cristel DeHaan, Cynthia Hartshorn, John Hiatt, Mark Kruzan, Sydney Pollack, and Traditional Arts Indiana. Governor Pence, First Lady Pence, honorary chair of the Governor’s Arts Awards, and the IAC will honor the recipients during an awards dinner and ceremony on Thursday, September 26 in Carmel.
The Governor’s Arts Awards program was initiated in 1973. Conceived in partnership between the IAC and the Office of the Governor, the program recognizes and honors significant contributions to and profound positive impact on the arts and the state of Indiana. The awards are presented every two years.
Since its inception, the program has honored artists, individuals, educators, organizations, businesses, and communities for their efforts to further public awareness of the arts. Past recipients include both the famous and less famous of the arts world, major corporations and small businesses, large cities and small towns. The IAC commissions a contemporary Indiana artist to create the awards.
Award recipients are selected by an independent panel of distinguished representatives from Indiana’s arts, education, business, public and private sectors. IAC conducts a public call for nominations and the panel reviews and scores nominations based on specific criteria. The criteria emphasize the total body of work or contributions of the nominee and the impact of the nominee’s work on the cultural climate of the city, region, the state of Indiana, or on the national and international level. A limited number of recipients are selected from the field of nominees to receive this distinguished honor.
Cristel DeHaan, philanthropist, Indianapolis, IN Over the past decades, DeHaan has made many philanthropic contributions to central Indiana as well as the rest of the world. She started the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation’s grant making activity within arts and culture focus in Central Indiana and Cristel House, a public charity focused on breaking the poverty cycle and providing education, which has learning centers across the world. DeHaan worked with the DeHaan Foundation to provide major gifts to arts organizations, including the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and provided funds for the creation of the Fine Arts Center at University of Indianapolis. DeHaan is recognized as one of America’s top business owners and one of Indianapolis’ Most Influential Leaders. She serves on many local and national boards. She co-founded and served as the president of Resort Condominiums International, the company that pioneered vacation exchange, and served as president, CEO and owner of the company until she sold it in 1996. DeHaan’s philanthropic vision has strengthened the arts in Indiana and supported people around the world.
Cynthia Hartshorn, music educator, vocalist, Indianapolis, IN Hartshorn has been a music teacher in Indianapolis for nearly 41 years and a director of her church’s choir for 29. She is a life-long Hoosier who holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and Master’s degree from Indiana University. She began working with music during her time at Arsenal Tech High School as a student, taught 12 years at John Marshall High School and then returned to Tech for 29 years. She served as director of the music department for 15 years before assuming the role of choir director. Hartshorn has worked with thousands of students, and some of those students have gone on to be actors in Broadway musicals, music educators, arts advocates, philanthropists, performers, members of choirs and recorded musicians. She also leads many performing groups and directs several large-scale productions each year including a fall play, all-school musical, senior musical, faculty musical, and an outdoor festival.
John Hiatt, singer, songwriter, Nashville, TN Born in Indianapolis, John Hiatt is a folk, rock, blues and country guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter. His career began in 1972, playing with bands in small clubs in Indianapolis. Hiatt released his debut album in 1974 and has since written more than 600 songs and recorded more than 20 studio albums as well as two live concert albums. Before his own recording career, he was a prolific songwriter for a recording company in Nashville. Hiatt has been nominated for 11 Grammys, received the 2000 Nashville Music Award for Songwriter/Artist of the Year, and received the 2008 Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. After coming out of a troubled childhood and tragedies in his adult life, Hiatt is an inspiration to many as a musician and songwriter as well as a person who found success after hardships.
Mark Kruzan, mayor, Bloomington, IN Kruzan has served as mayor of Bloomington for nine years and has consistently recognized the role of the arts in the city’s history and economy. He established a permanent arts staff in the city and worked to make Bloomington a cultural district, which was part of his campaign platform. Kruzan used his four areas of focus: community commerce, community collaboration, community condition and community character to showcase arts and culture. He has made resources available for artists and art enterprises in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and expanded investment in the arts more than six-fold during a period of national economic distress. Kruzan has implemented many arts and culture policies and programming during his time in office. Other cities around the state and country now look to Bloomington under Kruzan’s leadership as a model in economic and cultural progress.
Sydney Pollack*, producer, director, actor, Los Angeles, CA Born in Lafayette, Ind., Pollack spent his formative years in South Bend, Ind. where he developed his love of drama and theatre at South Bend High School. He graduated from high school in 1952 and later moved to New York City and Los Angeles. In the 50s, Pollack studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. He served two years in the army then returned to teach acting. In the 1960s, he became a television director for series such as “Ben Casey,” “Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “Wagon Train.” His big screen debut was “War Hunt,” in which he developed a lifelong friendship with actor Robert Redford. “Out of Africa” was his big directing success, which received 11 Academy Award Nominations and seven wins.
Throughout his life, Pollack directed more than 30 films and many TV shows, produced 48 films and acted in 40 movies and television shows. Pollack became a four-time Oscar winner. In 2000, he received the John Huston Award from the Directors Guild of America as a “defender of artists’ rights.” In 2003, he was honored by the Hollywood Film Festival for Outstanding Achievement in Production. At the Austin Film Festival in 2006, he received the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. Pollack was highly respected in the filmmaking world and influenced many artists in the industry.
Traditional Arts Indiana, arts organization, Bloomington Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) works to promote, document and preserve work and stories of traditional Indiana artists. Established in 1998, TAI exists from a partnership between the IAC and Indiana University, Bloomington. TAI exists from a partnership between the IAC and Indiana University Bloomington. Committed to identifying, documenting and showcasing Indiana’s living cultural traditions, this unique organization champions the arts as part of everyday life, through a host of public programs and helps people access the arts around the state through 40 traveling exhibits touring free-of-charge to public libraries. From its work with refugee weavers in Indianapolis to old-time fiddlers in Paoli, TAI has gathered important documentary materials from Indiana folk artists, which it archives for future generations at Indiana University.