Attractions

King Tut boosts attendance at Children's Museum

January 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The museum counted 1.3 million visits last year, an increase of 270,000, or 26 percent, over 2008.
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King to play transitional role at state museum

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New interim CEO, the former president of the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, hopes to pave way for stability at the institution, which has seen five CEOs in the past decade.
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Indiana State Museum to name interim CEO

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The board of the museum's private foundation is expected to confirm Thomas A. King's appointment Thursday afternoon
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Vonnegut's kin back local memorial library

December 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Three of Kurt Vonnegut's children are working with local fans of the famed author to open a memorial library in Indianapolis.
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Indiana Historical Society lands $2M for new exhibits

December 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dubbed the "Indiana Experience," the exhibits represent the first ticketed tourist attraction at the society's headquarters building.
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Constantino's and City Market reach settlement

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
City Market has agreed to forgive Constantino's $27,000 in unpaid rent if the meat and produce stand shuts down by Dec. 24.
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State Museum to close on most Mondays

December 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The museum has been facing tight budgets and dropping attendance.
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Indianapolis lawyer to open bar and lounge in 3Mass building on Mass Ave

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The bar, which isn't yet named, will be Baker & Daniels lawyer Trevor Belden's first bar.
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ICVA: Ad campaign helps draw more visitors to region

November 12, 2009
Scott Olson
A summer advertising campaign launched by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association helped produce more visitors and dollars for central Indiana, even though the organization spent less this year marketing the region.
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Mass Ave fine art gallery G.C. Lucas set to close

November 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Greg Lucas will be the second fine art gallery owner in Indianapolis to close shop this year. Lucas announced Tuesday that he will close his gallery at 884 Massachusetts Ave. by year's end.
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New downtown museum invites visitors to bang a drum

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Percussive Arts Society plans to open an interactive museum at Washington and Illinois streets downtown.
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Haunted houses avoid recessionary letdown because they offer escapeRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Even in bad times people want to be entertained.” Nationwide, roughly 2,000 haunted houses, hayrides and other attractions rake in $1 billion annually of the $7 billion consumers spend on Halloween, according to St. Louis-based trade group Hauntworld Inc.
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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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Governor to merge state museum into new agency

October 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is planning to merge the Indiana State Museum, 12 historic sites and state library under one new agency, according to sources close to the museum.
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Art museum imposes unpaid vacations to save cash

October 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will furlough its staff of 270 for one week this fiscal year in an effort to trim $1.4 million, or 5.5 percent, from its $25.5 million budget.
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Indiana State Museum chief Dressel abruptly resigns

October 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Barry Dressel has resigned as the president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum, the state's Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
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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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Museum of Art hires chief operating officer

September 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced this week that it has hired a veteran of the New York City arts community to fill its chief operating officer position.
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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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LOU'S VIEWS: Rickey's sculptures, Phoenix's 'Zoomerville' advance Indy's art reputation

May 18, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, art in the wind and an original musical.
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Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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Approach Xscape with an open mindRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
I'll go to the new Xscape arcade with a more open mind, thanks to Lou Harry's Jan. 26 piece about it.
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20-story 'Aerophare' at White River park would change skylineRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chris O'Malley
If "Aerophare" gets off the ground, downtown visitors will literally be riding up and down in a balloon, within a 20-story, helical tower in White River State Park.
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Downtown development great for citizens, visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
The development of shopping, restaurants, museums, public arts and hotels downtown in the past 25 years has made Indianapolis a vibrant, more interesting place to live—and to visit.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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