Mayor Ballard, arts patron

June 26, 2008
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When I attended last night's sneak preview of the "On the Road Again..." exhibition at the IMA, there was Mayor Ballard.

When I attended Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's "Hooray for Bollywood" performance at Pike Performing Arts Center, there was Mayor Ballard. Earlier that day, we had both been to Indy Jazz Fest as well.

So is our town's head honcho more of an arts patron than he is given credit for?

And does he, more than ex-Mayor Peterson, represent the arts audience that needs to be marketed to more aggressively?

Your thoughts
  • Interesting as well as encouraging.
  • I am thrilled to hear that Mayor Ballard is patronizing the arts. The question, however, is whether he will support the development of the arts in his official capacity and recognize the significant role a strong arts community plays in the ability of a city to attact businesses and new citizens.
  • Considering that Mayor Ballard was hardly a household name before his election, maybe he was there all along and you didn't realize it?
  • I'm somehow betting free tickets and Princess Whinnie might have a little more to do with this sudden apparent interest by our bumbling mayor in the fine arts than any actual real support of the arts community on his part.

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