Arts/Culture

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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Quirky campaign aims to win new listeners for WFYIRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
National Public Radio is spending $750,000 on an aggressive advertising campaign designed to boost its audience in four test cities, including Indianapolis, by pointing out the wide variety of people who listen to public radio.
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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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NFP of NOTE: Partnerships for Lawrence

November 3, 2012
Partnerships for Lawrence, aka the Lawrence Art Center, is a champion for the arts in Lawrence.
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Symphony donors question giving amid contract dispute

September 29, 2012
Dan Human
The ailing Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra intends to step up annual donations 40 percent. But many longtime donors feel conflicted about future contributions as they await word on whether the ISO will scale back to part time.
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Grant takes Conner Prairie to frontier of science education

September 8, 2012
Dan Human
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to find ways to encourage history museums to incorporate the often unpopular and intimidating fields of science, technology, engineering and math into their offerings.
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Performing arts center's new chief to chase donationsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Dan Human
Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, incoming CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts, turned a $500,000 deficit into a $300,000 surplus at her current organization in Tennessee. The 18-month-old Carmel center’s budget is almost seven times larger.
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Agency increases effort to help state's artisans sell waresRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Three years after budget cuts threatened the state-run Indiana Artisan program, the newly independent organization is moving ahead with ambitious plans to broaden its reach—and help artists and food producers build their businesses.
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Veteran broadcaster Ahern joins Indiana Historical Society teamRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The retired WISH-TV anchor will be a community affairs adviser and make presentations at the history center.
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Report: Investigators tailed Libman before resignation

August 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
A WXIN-TV Channel 59 report suggests the city of Carmel hired private investigators to tail Steven Libman, who resigned abruptly last month as CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
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Libman resigns from Carmel arts center

July 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Steven Libman, CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, resigned late Friday afternoon—less than three months after his contract was extended through 2016.
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NFP of NOTE: Storytelling Arts of IndianaRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Storytelling Arts of Indiana promotes the art and use of storytelling in everyday life.
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Art Center shakeup raising concernsRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Art Center CEO Carter Wolf is drawing fire from some quarters over a staff shakeup that he says is needed to grow enrollment at the Broad Ripple not-for-profit. But Wolf insists that won't hinder progress.
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Performing arts center extends CEO's contract

May 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has extended CEO Steven Libman's contract through 2016, the board of directors announced Wednesday.
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Senior staffer settles retaliation lawsuit with IMARestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A longtime senior manager at the Indianapolis Museum of Art has retired—the result of a settlement in a retaliation lawsuit she filed earlier this month.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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Fitch gives ‘A’ rating to Indiana Historical Society

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A strong balance sheet, experienced management, and conservative debt and investment policies contributed to the strong rating.
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Strategy key as arts groups launch simultaneous campaignsRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A wave of fundraising pitches is about to wash over Indianapolis arts supporters. Five organizations either have announced or are working toward the launch of major campaigns.
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Indianapolis City Ballet organizers proceeding slowlyRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local arts patrons Jane Fortune and her longtime partner Robert Hesse started City Ballet in the spring of 2009, but it was more of a pitch than a reality. More than a year later, organization leaders are still not sure when they will hire their own dancers.
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra women's committee adopts more inclusive name

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 800-member group hopes to attract more men to its ranks.
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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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Columbia Club strikes deal with Indianapolis Chamber

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The not-for-profit on Monument Circle announced its initiation fees will be waived for all chamber members.
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Conner Prairie sees attendance, giving increase in 2009

January 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie saw increases in both daily admissions and giving in 2009 and ended the annual period in the black for the fourth year in a row.
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Carmel's performing arts center hiring key staff

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
With a year to go before completion of a 1,600-seat concert hall, Executive Director Steven Libman added Jeremy Hatch as development director.
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Ruth Lilly remembered for 'selfless' giving

December 31, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Lilly, 94, who died Wednesday, gave away hundreds of millions of dollars of her fortune during her lifetime.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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