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Young Audiences of Indiana is geared toward empowering children via arts in education, i.e. inspiring school kids to grow mentally and emotionally through the arts. We know how challenged our local educational institutions can be in a climate of budget cuts and arts are often the first in line. YA is there to fill the gap, providing a clearinghouse for some of Indy’s best local actors, storytellers, artists, musicians and poets to connect to these students (and creating some income for the artists, too!). YA also offers programs that help instructors learn how to better teach the arts.
Encore Vocal Arts (formerly Indianapolis Arts Chorale) is an auditioned, volunteer chamber choir founded in 1972. The 48-member choir performs a wide-ranging four-concert season, appears with other arts organization throughout Indiana and engages in educational outreach through a variety of activities. The chorale continues to perform in several venues, including Zionsville High School and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
This annual fall film festival is a ten-day event full of independent films from around the world, fun activities for film enthusiasts and classy award ceremonies. Emphasizing films about the strength of the human spirit, the Heartland Film Festival features truly moving pictures and the best in independent filmmaking. Heartland presents more than $100,000 in prizes and Crystal Heart Awards to its top-judged submissions. Selected student films receive Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards and cash prizes. In addition to the festival, they occasionally premiere new films, complete with visits from famous film actors and directors.
Since 1991, Heartland has helped uplift audiences with a film festival featuring films that celebrate the human spirit. And a subsequent slate of cash prizes and awards, now totaling over $150,000, has made it possible for filmmakers to continue all that celebration. Beyond its annual festival, Heartland also runs an institute that coordinates a high school film competition, film and acting workshops and develops a curriculum based on films with positive messages. Come for the festival and its wide-ranging, not necessarily socially conservative slate; stay for the rest of Heartland's programming, including First Friday screenings at its new Fountain Square home.
Made up of students, teachers and professional performers, this company is the theatrical arm of the New Oxford Shakespeare, an IUPUI-based project dedicated to creating an entirely new print and digital edition of the complete works of the most influential writer in the English language. While that is being compiled and the coinciding 260-seat theater is undergoing construction, Hoosier Bard will present classic Shakespeare productions with modern twists.
In 1972, the National Endowment for the Humanities brought together five Hoosiers to help draw federal grants to local grassroots initiatives. That tradition continues today, with the added goal of encouraging, cultivating and inspiring humanities in Indiana. Among its numerous efforts is Novel Conversations, a free lending library which spans the state, and Chew on This, a program which uses food and drink to provoke community and conversation about a variety of topics.
Since 2004, this annual festival has exhibited films from nearly every state in the country and more than 50 countries around the globe. It features the best in independent and innovative film from both award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers. It has included such popular, critically acclaimed films as (500) Days of Summer, Sita Sings the Blues, Another Earth and Natural Selection. Films screen at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the after parties happen all over town. A key aspect of the IIFF is the close proximity of filmmakers to audiences. See the films, hang around and then go get a drink with your favorite director, writer, production designer or actor.
With an emphasis on “keeping in step with the advancement of American dance in the 21st century,” the Indianapolis School of Ballet offers classical ballet and other dance forms to students of all ages and levels. Master classes have been offered since ISB’s founding in 2006. Graduates of ISB have entered prestigious university programs and these graduates now are performing in regional companies. ISB's pre-professional students perform alongside guest dancers for a season at Scottish Rites Cathedral, Indianapolis Artsgarden and Penrod and at other special performances.
Since 1984, Indy Reads has served the Indianapolis community as an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving adult literacy in the city. Funded by individual donations, corporate contributions and grant money, the group provides literacy resources, trains volunteers in tutoring practices and produces events such as spelling bees and scavenger hunts as fundraising and public outreach opportunities. The organization hosts the annual Alphabet Affair event, which celebrates its supporters and highlights a letter of the alphabet. The group is the driving force behind Indy Reads Books, a bookstore, program venue and July 2012 addition to Mass Ave.
For 17 days every four years Indianapolis becomes an arts destination, not only for the U.S. but for the world. Held every four years, last year’s was the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, having launched in 1982. It now vies with the Brussels Queen Elisabeth Competition and Finland’s Sibelius Competition as the world’s top three for the violin. Prizes and awards are valued at over $250,000. Annually, the IVCI also sponsors the Laureate Chamber Series to feature present and former laureates in concert with local performers.
The Alkis Keramidas Museum of Art was conceived and created by Vasiliki Keramida, the artist's daughter. The Museum houses a permanent collection of WWII paintings, as well as work depicting life and landscapes in both Greece and Indiana.
This collective troupe of theater aficionados burst upon the Indy theater scene in late 2009 with a playful mix of interactive performance, puppetry and fantastical props and costuming. KNS performs throughout the city in various venues. These diverse artists don’t believe in limiting their options; they perform in flash mobs, at summer camps, fundraisers, birthday parties and more. We’re tempted to call them guerilla theater, but that brings up connotations not necessariy confluent with their mission of making friends and facilitating community. They are creating a sense that Indianapolis is a place where young people should stay, make art and have fun.
Kuaba Art Gallery features the works of African-American artists, which includes ceramics, paintings, sculpture, baskets, furniture, and jewelry.
Mavris was built in 1883 and provides four floors of event space, including a rooftop patio, outdoor garden, and a magnificent skyline view of the city. It provides a beautiful event space for anything art related.
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