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2014 NUVO Cultural Vision Awards 

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We want you to celebrate with us as we honor the people and organizations who are making Indianapolis a better place to live and to work.

Beginning in 1998, the Cultural Vision Awards have pursued two goals. The first: To recognize Indy's brightest stars, innovators who take ideas and put them into action, visionaries who simply aren't satisfied with the status quo. The NUVO Cultural Vision Awards are about shining a light on those talented people and creative enterprises.

Our second goal is to foster community. The awards serve to bolster the momentum of a community making tremendous strides toward serving the needs of everyone who lives here, whether through the arts, business, or non-profit work.

Year after year, we believe the CVAs help to dispel the notion that Indianapolis is a "wait-and-see" town, a city that doesn't generate new ideas, but sits back and lets others experiment.

Determining who we honor is not an easy process, but our editorial staff is informed by past honorees, community leaders and you, the readers of NUVO. We invite you to help us continue this process by nominating potential future nominees at cva.nuvo.net.

The honorees

Freedom Indiana

Musical Family Tree

John Green

Central Indiana Beekeepers Association

Gennesaret Free Clinics

Y12SR: Yoga of 12 Step Recovery

Lifetime Achievement: Judge Sarah Evans Barker, United States district judge for the Southern District of Indiana

The location

The CVA Awards are returning to the Indiana Landmarks Center, a building that was once the Central Avenue Methodist Church. The Landmarks Center was beautifully restored with help from a $10 million donation by the Cook family of Bloomington.

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Designer of the award, Ben Johnson

Benjamin Johnson grew up in Indiana where he was first introduced to glass at the Indianapolis Art Center. He went on to earn his BFA in glass from Kent State University and his MFA in glass from Ball State University. His education in glass extended beyond university at the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School and Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy.

Johnson's desire to pursue glass has taken him from the coast of New England to the mountains of North Carolina where he was a resident artist at the EnergyXchange, a renewable energy center. Johnson's artwork is regularly shown in venues throughout the United States. It can be found in the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum and the Glick Eye Institute. His work has been published in Art Glass Today and New Glass Review. Johnson's work has received best in show awards in Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida, and Arizona, and he has been the recipient of a Windgate Fellowship Grant Award, an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, a Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group Jerry Raphael Fellowship and a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. Last year he was recognized as a Rising Star in contemporary glass at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ.

Currently, Benjamin is home in Indiana sharing his passion for glass as the Glass Studio Chair at the Indianapolis Art Center.

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