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Pence Makes Multiple Board Appointments

21 Nov

Gazette Staff

Indianapolis, IN – Governor Mike Pence today named appointees to the Commission on Higher Education, the Horse Racing Commission, the State Ethics Commission, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Commission on Ports, and the Housing and Community Development Authority Board of Directors.

Commission on Higher Education

Caren B. Whitehouse of Vanderburgh County has been named to the Commission on Higher Education. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Vanderburgh County Medical Society. Whitehouse serves on the Pulmonary Fibrosis Board of Directors, the Healthy Evansville Steering Committee and the Vanderburgh County Perinatal Task Force. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville and Oakland City University. She will serve through June 30, 2015, effective immediately.

Horse Racing Commission

President and Chief Executive Officer of Pillow Logistics George E. Pillow Jr. will serve on the Horse Racing Commission. Previously, Pillow, of Marion County, served as Assistant Executive Administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services. Pillow was a 1984 recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash and has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Indiana State University Hall of Fame. A graduate of Indiana State University, he will serve through September 1, 2015, effective immediately.

State Ethics Commission

Bob Jamison, retired from the New Albany Office of the FBI, Daryl Yost, Director of the Certified Technology Park of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, and James Clevenger, Partner at Wyland, Humphrey, Wagner & Cleveland have been reappointed to the State Ethics Commission. Clevenger will continue to serve in his role as Chairman, and the appointees will serve four-year terms through October 31, 2017, effective immediately.

Indiana Arts Commission

Allen C. Platt III, of Floyd County, will serve on the Indiana Arts Commission through June 30, 2017, effective immediately. Currently Counsel at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Platt is the 2004 recipient of the Arts Council of Southern Indiana’s Heartbeat Award. He is a graduate of Indiana University and Valparaiso University School of Law.

Jonathan Ford, of Vigo County, and Linda S. Levell, of Knox County, have been reappointed to the board and will serve through June 30, 2017.

Commission on Ports

Ramon Arredondo has been named to the Commission on Ports. Arredondo, of Lake County, retired in 2005 as Assistant to the Chairman at NiSource and has extensive experience working in both local and federal government positions. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida. Arredondo will serve through June 30, 2017, effective immediately.

Housing and Community Development Authority Board of Directors

Patricia Gamble-Moore, of Herron’s Fiduciary Committee, Thomas McGowan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Kite Realty Group Trust, and Lula Porter, Executive Director of the Evansville African American Museum have been reappointed to the Housing and Community Development Authority Board of Directors, effective immediately.

IN Arts Commission Announces Individual Artist Grant

22 Oct

Gazette Staff

The Indiana Arts Commission has announced that it will accept applications for individual artist grants through February 7, 2014. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded. The criteria for the grants include impact on artist development, feasibility of the project, quality of work and public benefit.

Last year’s winner was D. DelReverda-Jennings for her project “HORIZON: Contemporary Indiana Artists of Color” a literary concept created to bring about greater awareness and appreciation for Indiana native or resident artists of African descent practicing visual art disciplines.

Indiana Individual Artist Grant

2012 Individual Artist Award Winner D. DelReverda-Jennings

Program Description
The Individual Artist Program (IAP) was created in 1999 to provide support to artists in all disciplines for career development projects. The program cycle runs from July 1 to June 30 and offers flexibility to respond to artists’ needs and goals. Applicants must plan a project, or phase of a project, which can be realized within the requested budget and completed within the proposed timeline.

Disciplines and Open Fiscal Years
Odd Fiscal Years – The IAP program will only accept applications in the Crafts, Design, Media Arts, Photography, and Visual Arts disciplines on odd fiscal years.

Even Fiscal Years – The IAP Program will only accept applications in the Dance, Literature, Music, and Theatre disciplines in the even fiscal years.

Folk Arts & Access:

Folk arts applications will be paneled with the corresponding discipline in the corresponding year (for example, a folk art painter’s application will be reviewed in the Visual Arts panel and the panel will include a folk arts specialist).
Access applications will be paneled with the corresponding discipline in the corresponding year (for example, a musician’s application will be reviewed in the Music panel).

For more information or to apply, please visit: The Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant page

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.

Poet Laureate Nominations Due August 1, 2013

16 Jul

Deadline Near for Poet Laureate Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for the Indiana State Poet Laureate is August 1, 2013. Nominations should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination.

Nominees must be residents of the state of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service. Nominees should be published poets with experience in educational program development.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch: sbritsch@iac.in.gov. For more information, contact Susan at 317-232-1281.

Indiana’s current poet laureate is Karen Kovacik, an Highland native.  Her biography on the Indiana Arts Commission website states:

“Karen Kovacik was born in East Chicago and grew up in Highland, in Lake County. She’s the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Metropolis Burning, and her work has received numerous honors, including the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland, and her translations of contemporary Polish poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals, such as American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse and Southern Review. She’s professor of English at IUPUI, where she directs the creative writing program. In 2010, her poem “Invisible Movements” won the Moving Forward contest and will be installed along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.”

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