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Call for Artisans and Craftsmen in Switzerland County

February 8, 2015 Leave a comment
Community Art Center in Vevay, Indiana.

Community Art Center in Vevay, Indiana. Photo provided by Switzerland County Tourism.

By Kendal Miller
Switzerland County Tourism

Switzerland County Tourism in Indiana invites Switzerland County artists and craftsmen to participate in the “Artisans Tour of Switzerland County.” The event will take place throughout galleries, home studios, and businesses in Switzerland County on May 2 & 3 from 10am-4pm. There is no charge to participate but artists must pre-register by calling (812) 427-3237 or by e-mailing visitsc@switzcotourism.com by April 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Artisans can reside outside of Switzerland County but must display their work within the county limits. Businesses, galleries and participating artists are asked to share spare space with others who may wish to join the tour. Demonstrations in all mediums are encouraged. A map of artisan locations will be distributed throughout the tour.

Art glass, quilts, weaving, jewelry, baskets, ceramics, painting, sculpture, woodworking, photography and artful reuse are examples of mediums on display. A showcase of items from participating artists will be on display at the Community Art Center in Vevay during the May 1 Vevay’s First Friday.

For more information telephone (812) 427-3237 or e-mail visitsc@switzcotourism.com. Information on lodging, county events and local businesses be found on to the Switzerland County Tourism website at www.switzcotourism.com or join the Artisans Tour of Switzerland County Facebook page.

2015 Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Artsgarden

Indianapolis Artsgarden hosts the Art and Soul Celebration. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

February is Black History Month and Downtown Indy is offering a full lineup of events. Whether you want to partake by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy is the place to be.

A Celebration of African-American Art & Artists in Indiana

Art & Soul, Downtown Indy’s celebration of local African-American arts and artists, returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden this winter with performances from musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. Performances begin Jan. 31 with the Art & Soul Kickoff and conclude March 1 with a ceremony featuring City-County Council president Maggie Lewis. This year’s special guests include Mathew Davis, Zakk Knight, Kassim Norris, Ronne Stone and many more. All Art & Soul events are FREE.

Meet the Artists at Central Library
Through March 28, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists XXVII, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including African drumming gospel music, a fashion show and workshops – during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 14 from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum celebrates Madame Walker

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will host a Black History Month Performance Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Vignettes will feature a performance of Madam C.J. Walker and others who played a significant part in American history. Stay for a post-performance discussion with the actors.

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

A Night with the ISO

Enjoy a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Join guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II along with the Voice of the Light Choir for an evening of classical and contemporary African-American music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Throwback Thursday Cinema

The Madame Walker Theater continues the Throwback Thursday Cinema series of thought provoking documentaries and films with The Black List on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders sheds light on what it means to be black in America by talking to prominent African-American pop-culture icons, including Chris Rock, Colin Powell, Serena Williams, Sean Combs and others. Tickets are $5.

Music and dancing at the Madame Walker Theatre

Hear from the Freetown Village Singers during a unique Black History Month event at the Madame Walker Theatre Center on Feb. 28. A buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m. followed by a music performance of African folk, gospel, blues, jazz, pop and more. Celebrate with Freetown Village all month long for The Madam Walker Story on Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Madame Walker Heritage Center.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Madison Ribberfest

Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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Things to do in Indianapolis, July 21-27, 2014

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

21st Brickyard 400, July 27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. SUN: 21st Running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. THU-SUN: ‘Cirque du Soleil: Varekai’ at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  3. THU-SUN: Kroger ‘Super Weekend at the Brickyard’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  4. THU-SUN: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  5. WED: Panic! at the Disco in Concert at The Lawn at White River State Park
  6. MON-SAT: 11th Annual Indianapolis International Film Festival
  7. THU-SAT: 6th Annual Dixie Days Festival and Art Fair in North Webster
  8. THU: Lady Antebellum in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. THU-SUN: 17th Annual BBQ Ribfest, Indianapolis Edition at Military Park
  10. MON-THU: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  11. FRI-SUN: Bass Lake Summer Splash Festival in Starke County
  12. FRI-SUN: Whiting Pierogi Fest in Lake County
  13. FRI-SAT: 17th Annual Indiana Gospel Music Festival in Noblesville
  14. FRI-SAT: Frankfort Hot Dog Festival in Clinton County
  15. MON-SAT: Madison County 4-H Fair in Alexandria

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Ian Weaver’s ‘The Black Knight Archive’ at iMOCA, Aug. 1-Oct. 18

Black Knights Seal

Black Knights Seal. Image provided by iMOCA and used with written permission.

By Shauta Marsh
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)
http://www.indymoca.org/

Artist Ian Weavers’s The Black Knight Archive, Chapter I: Migration creates a fictional version of history of one black community. Weaver’s Black Knights are part medieval knight, part Black Nationalist – who have, ostensibly, lived within the “Black Bottom” community, circa 1940s. The work centers on the Near West Side of Chicago, a large multi-ethnic community, and, specifically, the “Black Bottom” section of the Near West Side where black residents once lived. Much like Indianapolis’s Indiana Avenue District, various parts of the Near West Side of Chicago and the Bottom were destroyed to construct an expressway and a university; as a result, the community lost much of its history.

“The works will reinforce the role of the object as iconic, a conduit for memory and history,” says Weaver. Opening August 1, 2014, 6-11 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) The Black Night Archive will run through October 18, with the hours of Thursday-Saturday 12-7 p.m.

Weaver is constructing a fictive history for the Black Bottom community using a variety of fake elements: handmade museum vitrines, handmade maps and documents of the community, various faux sculptures and textiles, as well as installation and audio components.

Weaver’s Black Knights used political, social, and guerrilla tactics to fight for the survival of the community.

“The project speaks not only to the nature of the loss of this particular community’s history, but also to the larger concept of how we, as individuals, communities and societies construct our own narratives, identities, and memories through our commemorations,” says Weaver.  “These histories tell stories that occupy specific time periods, but (because of the subjective nature of memory and history) also travel backward and forward into and out of our own time.”

The first chapter commission by iMOCA in this installment will explore the migration of the Black Knights to Black Bottom, U.S.A.

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square. For more information, visit http://www.indymoca.org/, or call 317-634-6622.

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Ian Weaver (b. 1970) is a Chicago-based visual artist and Instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the Painting and Drawing, Contemporary Practices, and Art Education departments.  His work, interdisciplinary in nature, is concerned with how we – as individuals and communities – construct our own identities and memories through our ceremonial observations (“commemorations”), the objects we construct, and those that we archive.  He received his M.F.A. in Visual Art from Washington University in St Louis.  His exhibitions include a survey of work (2004-2011) at the South Bend Museum of Art, as well as solo shows at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO, and Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL.  Group exhibitions include shows at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; and the Kemper Art Museum and White Flag Projects, both in St. Louis, MO.  He has been a recipient of numerous residencies, including Yaddo and the Millay Colony, both in upstate NY; and Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL.  His awards include grants from Artadia and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, both based in NY; the Illinois Arts Council; and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL.

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