Arts/Culture

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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Lilly Endowment gives International Center $500,000 for 2010

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The not-for-profit will use the money to fund existing programs, such as the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and begin new ones.
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Visions for ailing City Market include arts venue, YMCA

December 3, 2009
Riley Area Development Corp. is pitching the idea of building a performing arts center in the City Market. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, meanwhile, is in talks with the city about building a full-service fitness center on the site.
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Big donor leaves Indianapolis Museum of Art board

November 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is losing endowment revenue at the same time prominent donor Wayne Zink, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate, has resigned from the board.
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Polis Center's Spirit and Place Festival wants place on your schedule

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The civic festival Spirit and Place, which runs Nov. 5-16, has been a fixture of the fall season since 1996, but organizers are still trying to explain to Indianapolis residents what it’s all about.
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New not-for-profit coffee shop in Fletcher Place will raise money for charities

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The new coffee shop named for Calvin Fletcher, one of the city's first lawyers, will give money to groups such as Second Helpings.
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Symphony's CEO trying to steer through challenging timeRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Simon Crookall is trying to hire a maestro who will excite audiences at the same time he’s trying to pull the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra out of a financial tailspin.
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City trying to land headquarters of storytelling organization

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The National Storytelling Network will consider Indianapolis, along with eight other cities, as it looks to move its headquarters from Jonesborough, Tenn.
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Downtown public art campaign loses fundingRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The organizations that spearheaded the city’s public art campaign are crippled for a lack of funding. While other public art efforts are under way in Indianapolis, no one organization has the money to commission an exhibit large enough to fill downtown.
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Memorial fund expands free admissions at Eiteljorg

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Leon Jett Minority Family Admission Fund has raised money to allow admissions at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art for families enrolled in Hoosier Works or Hoosier Healthwise.
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Carmel performing arts center betting big on fund raisingRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel’s $137 million performing arts center is still a year from completion, but Executive Director Steven Libman already is pounding the pavement for donations.
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Carmel arts foundation adds directors; Stutz names residents

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel Performing Arts Foundation has appointed its first independent board members, Rollin Dick and Rosemary Waters. In downtown Indianapolis, two local artists will receive free studio space in the Stutz Building for the next year.
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Western art buyers gear up for Eiteljorg show

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The museum's annual sale for collectors, one of its biggest annual fund-raisers, is seeing strong advance registration. The Eiteljorg also has a new head of fund-raising.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Arts festivals feel financial pinchRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Art-show organizers are getting creative to keep their events alive as they struggle to attract sponsors and participating artists.
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State arts commission budget down 20 percentRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A 20-percent budget reduction for the Indiana Arts Commission will affect as many as 400 grant-dependent organizations across the state. The agency’s overall budget will shrink from $4 million in 2009 to $3.2 million for the next two fiscal years.
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King Tut crowds not necessarily bonanza for Children's MuseumRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The gilded exhibit, a happy byproduct of the museum's close relationship with an Egyptian institution, is more of a gift than a major moneymaker.
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In tough times, remember the arts as a civic dutyRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Attend arts events, visit our cultural organizations, and support our sports teams. If you don't make regular donations to arts and cultural organizations, there has never been a better and more important time to give.
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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Lilly team up on I-70 landscaping projectRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some of Indianapolis' main entrances from Interstate 70 are in line for a $2 million makeover.
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NFP of NOTE: Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis Inc.

April 6, 2009
The Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis inspires passion for classical music across central Indiana through broadcast programming and outreach.
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Athenaeum will launch awareness campaignRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
The Athenaeum is seeking better name recognition in the community, with the help of a grant from the Indianapolis Foundation.
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Chase foundation decides to stop funding violin competitionRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis has lost a major corporate gift less than two years from curtain time.
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NFP of NOTE: Indianapolis Art Center

February 23, 2009
The Indianapolis Art Center works to engage, enlighten and enhance our communities through art education, participation and observation.
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Orchestra lays off eight as donations, ticket sales dropRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will look to volunteers to help cover the work done by eight people who were laid off last week in a move to trim $600,000, or 2 percent, from the $29.5 million annual budget.
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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.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  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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