—The Harrison Center for the Arts has shortened its moniker to simply The Harrison Center. The change is intended to reflect the organization’s expanded work in community development. “Not only is the Harrison Center a wonderful place for working artists to connect and create, but we also serve as a nucleus for celebrating and recognizing through the arts urban neighborhoods in order to build a more just and equitable Indianapolis,” explained Joanna Taft, executive director of the Harrison Center.
—Transportation for America has included Indianapolis as one of three recipients of grants for creative placemaking. Transit Drives Indy plans on using the $50,000 award to artistically enhance the Red Line Rapid Transit both during its construction and for the finished system. A call for artists has been issued, with each selected to receive $5,000 and up to an additional $5,000 for materials/supplies. Details here.
—Actress Glenn Close has donated her costume collection to IU Bloomington’s School of Art, Architecture + Design. Included are pieces used in “The Big Chill,” “Fatal Attraction,” and, perhaps most recognizably, “101 Dalmations.”
—The Indiana Historical Society has received a $100,000 gift to establish the Robin and Charlitta Winston Family Fund for African American History. The fund will be used for research assistance, community engagement, traveling exhibitions, publications, and other ongoing efforts to preserve and share Indiana’s African-American heritage.
—Francesca Zappia landed the emerging author award at this year’s Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. The author of the young adult novels “Made You Up” and “Eliza and Her Monsters,” joined previously announced winners Kekla Magoon (national author award), Lori Rader-Day (regional author award) and John David Anderson (genre excellence award). Zappia received a $10,000 cash prize and a $2,500 grant for her chosen public library, the IPL Franklin Road branch.
—Construction is continuing at both the new Phoenix Theatre and the new home for The Cabaret. Both anticipate openings in the first half of 2018.