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Governor Announces 2013 Arts Recipients

26 Jul

Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced the six recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards today. The  Image2013 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 DeHaanCristel 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 HartshornCynthia 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 (photo by Jack Spencer)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.

Mayor Mark Kruzan

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 PollackSydney 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.

*posthumous award

Traditional Arts IndianaTraditional 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.

South Shore Arts Offers Classes in Hammond, Munster and Crown Point for All Ages

25 Jul

Throughout the year, South Shore Arts provides over 300 classes in visual arts media forchildren and adults at its three locations. The Summer session begins the week of June 10th and runs for ten weeks (classes vary). Most classes meet weekly for one to three hours, depending on the particular subject and instructor. There is also a wide variety of summer art camps and one-six hour workshops to choose from. South Shore Arts instructors are highly qualified educators or working artists. 

Please call 219/836-1839 x103 for details or to register. It is recommended that you sign up at least a week before the class start date.

Summer 2013 Session starts June 10th (10 weeks)
Fall 2013 Session starts October 7th (10 weeks)
Winter 2014 Session starts January 11th (8 weeks)
Spring 2014 Session starts March 15th (10 weeks) 

Become a member and save an additional 10% off most classes.

***Reminder – the Crown Point Art Center is located at 123 N. Main Street***

Gift certificates are available for use toward classes or in the Gift Shop.

Children's art classes

Children’s Classes, Summer Camps and Workshops (ages birth – 15)
Children’s classes featured this summer include a variety of pre-school classes such as Mommy & Me, Colors of the Rainbow, Creative Fingers and Music Together in Munster to name a few. Other children’s classes include pottery, drawing, painting, calligraphy, intro to manga, airbrushing, exploring Japanese art, fantasy drawing, cartooning, and more. Choose from a variety of one hour workshops for ages 5 and up such as Fancy Nancy, Bugtastic, Captain America, tie-dye and more.
Adult Art Classes

Adult Classes (ages 16 and up)
Adult classes include pottery, drawing & painting portraits, calligraphy (ages 12-adult), painting (watercolor, oil, or acrylic), colored pencil, airbrushing (beg. or adv. for ages 14-adult), senior art classes, beginning or advanced drawing, exploring Japanese art (ages 12-adult), 35mm B/W photography with dark room, intro to digital camera techniques, fantasy drawing (ages 12-adult), Photoshop, Illustrator, and more. Short on time? Choose a workshop such as bookbinding, Ladies Night Out, Book Restoration, Batik and more.

Munster classes for South Shore Arts are held in fully equipped art studios located on the lower level of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Summer classes will also begin the week of June 10th at South Shore Arts sites in Crown Point and Hammond. The Crown Point location offers pre-school classes, as well as drawing, painting, pottery, Japanese art, and more for both children and adults. A variety of summer camps and workshops are also available.

The Hammond site of South Shore Arts, Substation No. 9, offers pre-school classes, and various classes for children and adults such as airbrushing (beg. or adv.), painting, drawing, manga (beg. or adv.), Photoshop, Illustrator, and a Senior Art Workshop.

South Shore Arts also offers a FREE Art Appreciation program September through May for adults at the Munster location. Click on the above Adult Classes link to view the complete schedule (the new schedule will be posted in August).

Through special funding from the City of Hammond, Hammond residents taking classes at Substation No. 9, South Shore Art’s branch in downtown Hammond, pay only half price! This discount is not applicable at other South Shore Arts locations or in conjunction with other discounts. Proof of residency is required upon registration.

Most classes require a minimum of five registrants. If within three days of the first class we do not have enough registrants, South Shore Arts will cancel the class and provide you with a full refund.

If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, a full refund will be granted. Refunds, minus a $10 processing fee plus the cost of supplies (if applicable), for class withdrawal will be allowed only if the class enrollment is greater than the minimum number of registrants and if notification is made seven days prior to the first class. Refunds, minus a $30 processing fee plus the cost of supplies (if applicable), for class withdrawal will be allowed only if notification is made before the second class meeting and if the class enrollment is greater than the minimum number of registrants. No refunds will be made for withdrawal after the second class meeting. No refunds will be made on Memberships.

To register for a class call 219/836-1839 x103 or download the registration form off the Childrens/Adult Classes page.

Registrants – please attend your class unless South Shore Arts contacts you to cancel it. We will only contact you if it is cancelled.

Class fees cannot be pro-rated.

South Shore Arts offers a limited number of need-based scholarships for elementary through high school aged students who have been recommended by a classroom teacher or art instructor. Documentation of financial need is required. For further information call South Shore Arts Director of Education Linda Eyermann at 219/836-1839, ext. 101 or email Linda@SouthShoreArtsOnline.org.


Mayor’s Brothers, City Elite Hanging out at Aquavor

23 Jul

A glance at the Facebook page shows Mayor McDermott’s brothers, staff and Hammond Police officers partying it up at Hammond’s Aquavor. Janet Venecz, a McDermott appointee, has introduced a resolution which Aquavor staff say is designed to close the club.
Mayor’s Brother and Hammond Realtor Aaron McDermott


Philip Taillon Executive Director of Planning and Development at City of Hammond hangs out with the Aquavor gang before they became persona non grata in Hammond.  For full story, click here   http://wp.me/p3IAXO-5L

Brett McDermott and Aaron McDermott, Mayor’s brothers and principals in Lattitude Realty.
Members of the HPD celebrate Halloween at Aquavor.

Festival of the Lakes Opens to Sparse Crowds

18 Jul

Smokey Robinson brought the fans to Festival of the Lakes today despite high temperatures.  Nonetheless, crowds were sparse in other areas of the festival.  Whether security concerns or the high cost of parking kept families away, one Festival worker reported that she never saw a line at a single ride.  Parking was still available in the main lots at 8:00 pm as the concert began.  Many families were walking to avoid the $15 parking fee. Several neighborhood businesses offered $10 parking.

If you attended the Festival of the Lakes last night, we would love to hear your comments.


Crowds were sparse at showtime for Smokey Robinson

Crowds were sparse at showtime for Smokey Robinson