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.
A strong balance sheet, experienced management, and conservative debt and investment policies contributed to the strong rating.
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.
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
The 800-member group hopes to attract more men to its ranks.
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.
The not-for-profit on Monument Circle announced its initiation fees will be waived for all chamber members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new coffee shop named for Calvin Fletcher, one of the city’s first lawyers, will give money to groups such as Second Helpings.
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.
The National Storytelling Network will consider Indianapolis, along with eight other cities, as it looks to move its headquarters
from Jonesborough, Tenn.