Arts Funding

Chamber Orchestra lands $600K giftRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s latest fundraising initiative, launching later this year, received a sizable kick-start thanks to a $600,000 gift from an anonymous donor.
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NEA awards nearly $854K to Indiana arts groups

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's funding includes about $729,000 for the Indiana Arts Commission, a statewide arts-advocacy group.
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New Heartland prez wants to add staff, national sponsors

December 24, 2013
There are big things in the wings for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, which this month elevated COO Stuart Lowry from supporting player to headliner. Coming attractions include new sponsor deals, expanded programming and, potentially, a bigger staff.
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Indiana history group to auction valuable Audubon collections

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Historical Society says it plans to auction complete sets of valuable works by John James Audubon in April to raise money to benefit its mission. The sets are expected to raise millions of dollars.
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New Eskenazi hospital offers heavy dose of artwork

November 19, 2013
Scott Olson
At 1.3 million square feet, the new hospital has plenty of room to display art, most of which was purchased with contributions from donors. The hospital is set to open Dec. 7.
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Indiana Arts Commission pledges $2.9M in grants for 2014

June 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Recipients in central Indiana will include the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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Lilly gives $1 million for art museum initiative

May 15, 2013
Lou Harry
The five-year program is designed to transform the Indianapolis Museum of Art into a more visitor-centered institution. The first year will include enhancements to the upcoming Matisse show.
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IMA's new CEO aims to bolster finances by doubling attendanceRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis Museum of Art CEO Charles Venable plans to cut costs and use major exhibits to boost attendance—a strategy aimed at reducing the museum’s reliance on investment returns and allowing its endowment to grow back to pre-recession level.
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Lilly Endowment pledges $2M if ISO can hit $5M goal

December 20, 2012
Dan Human
Lilly Endowment has pledged $2 million to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on condition the performing arts group reaches an important $5 million fundraising goal by Feb. 3.
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Arts council launches local crowdfunding service

December 12, 2012
Dan Human
The Arts Council of Indianapolis on Wednesday unveiled a a new program to help central Indiana not-for-profit arts, cultural and humanities organizations raise funds for individual projects.
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ISO, musicians still far apart in negotiations

August 30, 2012
Dan Human
Union representatives for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians are spilling more details about negotiations with ISO management, which is planning major structural changes to address the orchestra's ongoing financial issues.
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EDITORIAL: Arts groups deserve supportRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
New research from national advocacy group Americans for the Arts aims to prove that local arts organizations enrich us all, literally as well as figuratively.
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Earth House cites unsustainable business model for closure

August 23, 2012
Dan Human
Leaders of a church-affiliated Indianapolis arts organization are citing an unsustainable business model as the reason why doors will close at the end of the month. Earth House Collective will host its final events on Aug. 31
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Extra money for Carmel arts groups on hold

August 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor James Brainard's request for an additional $1.36 million in arts funding is lingering in a city council committee.
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Indianapolis Opera stays afloat as peer companies call it quits

June 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Next season will start later and feature a money-saving collaboration with Indiana University.
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Brainard requests more money for Carmel arts center

June 18, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor James Brainard wants to give the Center for the Performing Arts another $840,000 to cover its bills through December—on top of a $5.5 million subsidy he orchestrated last fall.
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Indy art museum receives grant for Miller House

May 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Museum of Art has received a grant to digitize, catalog, and put online a collection of materials about a 1957 modernist-style home in Columbus designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen.
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Financial Planning Association sponsors orchestraRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Group support of ISO pulls in first-time donors.
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Financial review questions some spending at Carmel arts center

January 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A taping of the PBS show "The Sinatra Legacy" was one of the activities the board of directors reviewed after former CEO Steven Libman resigned last summer.
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Carmel's Center for Performing Arts trims staff

December 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel eliminated five positions this week as interim CEO Frank Basile tries to rein in costs at the financially challenged organization that oversees the Palladium.
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ISO reports smaller deficit, bigger endowment

November 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The parent organization of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra said its expenses exceeded revenue by $1.7 million on a budget of $25.6 million for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The deficit was $1 million less than a year ago, while the ISO endowment grew by $5.5 million.
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Heartland nearing $12.5 million fundraising goal

October 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The not-for-profit, whose annual film festival in Indianapolis opens Thursday, has surpassed $10 million and hopes to hit its goal of $12.5 million by the end of next year.
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Indianapolis printer receives national honor for arts supportRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Printing Partners is one of the top 10 corporate arts supporters in the nation, according to Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C.
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Captain Kidd's cannon to land at Children's Museum

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis received a $1 million grant from the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation to support expeditions by an Indiana University team to Captain Kidd’s ship in the Dominican Republic.

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Butler University to close 102-year-old dance academy

March 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Butler University said Thursday that it plans to close its Jordan Academy of Dance due to economic reasons. The academy, which has more than 200 students, ages 3-17, will shut down May 31.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

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  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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