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NEA Chairman Jane Chu’s Indianapolis Visit

NEA Chairman Jane Chu addresses grantees during her March 6 visit to the Palladium in Carmel 

Indiana was the latest stop for the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jane Chu as she tours the U.S. to see how NEA grants are impacting communities.

On March 6, the Indiana Arts Commission organized a luncheon and brief presentation for Chairman Chu where she met representatives from Hoosier arts organizations that have received direct grants from the NEA.

 During the event, Chairman Chu shared her ideas for the NEA as well as her belief that the arts are “a great way to celebrate our own sense of belonging and at the same time respect others’ perspectives.” She hopes the NEA can “change the elitist paradigm that the arts are off in a silo by themselves.”

The Indiana Arts Commission also escorted Chairman Chu on a tour of the Indianapolis Arts Center and a visit to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Chu also met with Big Car and the City of Indianapolis to learn about their project that will redesign Monument Circle.

Chairman Chu’s visit to Indiana also included a keynote presentation on March 7 at IUPUI during a symposium on community engagement and concluded with a performance of South Pacific at the IU Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.

IAC Approves Cultural District Designation for Madison

During its March 20, 2015 Quarterly Business Meeting in Fort Wayne, the Commission accepted the proposal from the Madison Area Arts Alliance and the City of Madison. 

“Madison’s downtown vibrancy combined with their infectious enthusiasm and rich  cultural history make them a natural fit for our program,” said Paige Sharp,  Director of programs for the Arts Commission. “We couldn’t be more pleased for them to receive this designation.”  Read the official press release here.

2015 Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Poetry Out Loud State Champion Emma Libersky

A blanket of snow couldn’t stifle the spirit and enthusiasm of the Poetry Out Loud state finals Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Central Branch. Contestants from around the state braved the snow and cold to compete in this, the 10th anniversary of the poetry recitation event.

Plymouth High School student Emma Libersky claimed her third consecutive title as Poetry Out Loud state champion. First runner-up was Kelsey Anderson, Eastern Greene High School, Bloomfield, and Chinyelu Mwaafrika, Todd Academy, Indianapolis was second runner-up.

 “It was a memorable and most enjoyable day for all involved,” Fronczek said. “We heard many carefully prepared and intuitive interpretations of both famous and more obscure selections from 16th century to contemporary poets. The depth of thinking and feeling evident in these students through their recitations and zeal for this art form affirms that these young people are growing up with much to contribute to our society today.”

Launched in 2006, the annual poetry recitation contest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program is designed to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, and help students master public speaking, build self-esteem, and internalize an appreciation for American literary heritage. Each state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in early May. Each state champion’s school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

(Photo: Laura Harris)

Commission awards over $2.6M in FY2015 grants

At the June 20 Quarterly Business Meeting, the Indiana Arts Commission approved over $2.6 million in FY2015 grants to arts organizations and individual artists across the state. Read more.

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