Arts Funding

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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Ex-Emmis exec uses estate toolkit to fund Butler venueRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Howard Schrott will provide $6.5 million toward the $13 million performing-arts building.
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Eiteljorg, Indianapolis Symphony pull in new visitors

December 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Exhibit, grant power audience development initiatives.
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Not-for-profits hang out consulting shingle

December 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Tight budgets are prompting some of the state’s largest not-for-profit organizations to launch new businesses to shore up the bottom line. The Indianapolis Museum of Art, for example, has a contract to manage the airport's art collection.
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Arts groups prepare fundraising campaigns

December 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
This year, five organizations announced or began preparing for the launch of major campaigns. The targets ranged from $12.5 million for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures to $100 million for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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Fishers Arts Council cranks up effort to support creative community

November 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Fishers Arts Council, which merged this year with the Fishers Cultural Alliance, is looking to become the suburb’s foremost arts advocate.
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Arts funding maintained in proposed city budget

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Funding for city arts programs is expected to remain at $1 million in 2011, even as the mayor's budget plan calls for cutting $22 million in local spending. Funding for the parks department also should remain flat, at $21.1 million.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Arts groups strive to keep lean

August 18, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Lawrence_watch videoAwaiting the 2011 city budget, Arts Council of Indianapolis' Dave Lawrence discusses his transition to CEO and lessons learned as arts funding grows scarce.
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Civic Theatre gears up for capital campaign

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Actress and former Indiana Repertory Theatre staff member Megan McKinney has been hired to prepare for the three-year fundraising initiative.
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Arts groups support each other

July 3, 2010
We are writing to give our wholehearted endorsement to [columnist] Greg Morris’ appeal for generous support for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (“Confessions of a symphony newbie,” June 21).
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Stolen spotlights IRT fundraising

June 30, 2010
Mason King
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                           video Steven Stolen, managing director of Indiana Repertory Theatre, reveals his favorite how-to text and secrets for developing donors.
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Health Foundation hires development director

June 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Key Indianapolis Museum of Art fundraiser Kathy Nagler has been hired as the first development director for Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.
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Arts Council hopes move, emphasis on donors will help with financesRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis soon will move its office from Monument Circle to a smaller space on Pennsylvania Street with an adjacent gallery. The move is symbolic of the council’s ongoing reinvention, as well as the financial reality driving that effort.
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Weather, sponsors should boost Broad Ripple Art Fair

May 14, 2010
Scott Olson
In its 40th year, event will feature 225 artists in a format expanded to two days.
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Arts Commission to share duties with regional groups

April 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission revamped the way it allocates money out of concern about future state budget cuts, which would further reduce grants available to arts organizations.
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Indiana Arts Commission delays changes

March 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission on Friday morning accepted a staff recommendation to alter its regional partnership program, but will delay action until next month.
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Impending budget cuts prompt arts funding turf war

March 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The staff of the Indiana Arts Commission is proposing to revamp a regional partnership system that it enacted 13 years ago as a way to fund the arts in all 92 counties of the state.
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Indianapolis International Airport's art collection grows

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The new work was delayed by 16 months because the artist's New Orleans home and studio were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
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Opera chief: Group won't fold

February 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forced to cancel its upcoming production of "The Mikado," the Indianapolis Opera hopes more cuts will help fill a $400,000 budget gap.
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Basiles give big gift to Carmel performing arts center

January 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The center will recognize the donation by naming the cafe and gift shop inside the 1,600-seat concert hall after the Basiles.
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Symphony ousts maestro, reports historic budget gap

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced a year of financial and leadership shocks, as it reported a $2.8 million budget shortfall and abruptly dismissed Music Director Mario Venzago.
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Opera directors create $40,000 challenge grantRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Opera board Chairman Garry Fredericksen says in a recent appeal for donations that the company is in a “battle for survival.”
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Arts group names president

December 11, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Lawrence, who has been acting president at Arts Council of Indianapolis since July, continues the task of leading an organization that has seen its funding fall dramatically in the past year.
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Art Center trims staff to head off long-term problemsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Art Center laid off its full-time curator and cut one other position this month in an effort to pay down short-term credit and deal with reduced income from its classes.
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Funding cut jeopardizes popular Indiana Artisan programRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A state-run program aimed at boosting business for local artisans—ranging from painters to syrup makers—and turning them into a draw for tourists is in jeopardy because of dramatic funding cuts.
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