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Re: “Robert Indiana calls in from Maine

Thank you, NUVO, for this interview and article, each time I read an interview of Mr. Indiana I learn something new and interesting about him as a person and artist

Posted by Grider on 12/26/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

$18 bucks? LMAO...yeah right

Posted by IMAGoAway on 12/25/2014 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Beer Buzz 12-24

Thanks for including Winterfest, Rita! The date is actually Jan. 31. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Tristan on 12/24/2014 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Dave Chappelle

funniest shit ever and it wasn't a dry eye in the house

Posted by Raymond Bussey on 12/23/2014 at 11:13 PM

Re: “IMA's new admission — one of the Midwest's priciest

Holy crap, Wenck! This apples and oranges comparison is embarrassing for you. You made no attempt to figure out why some museums are free and some charge for general admission or charge for special exhibitions. The financial situation of each and every museum are unique.

Let's just look at a single example, the St. Louis Art Museum, and compare it to the IMA. Specifically, let's look at where each gets their revenue to operate.

It cost the St. Louis Art Museum about $33,000,000 to operate in 2013. Where, oh where, did they get the revenue to cover this? Well, 2/3 of it, $21,070,000, came from TAX REVENUE FROM ZOO-MUSEUM DISTRICT. This is a property tax levy on the city and county taxpayers of St. Louis. This is major, recurring, MANDATORY public support.

Interestingly, it costs roughly the same amount to run the IMA - about $31 million per year. How much property tax revenue does the IMA get you ask? ZERO. Public (taxpayer) support amounts to less than 1% of their budget. The citizens of Indianapolis and Marion county pay almost nothing towards maintaining and improving this community asset.

Where does the IMA get the bulk of its income? $21 million came from its endowment. The endowment is HEAVILY relied upon and is THE key museum asset that must be used in an extremely prudent manner. It is currently being overspent. Overspending the endowment for too long puts the future of the IMA is jeopardy.

Like it or not, this is what is driving the decisions of the Executive Director and the Board. I believe they are trying to protect the IMA for future generations by making tough, and very unpopular, decisions today.

So, I'd like to see you do some basic analysis and provide context before putting up a post like this. I won't hold my breath though, as groupthink and internet outrage are great for clicks.

Posted by NorthSeaBrent on 12/23/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Dave Chappelle

Dave was so awesomely funny lastnite! Best $70 I've ever spent! lol... If you can catch tickets'll be so worth your money! Truly enjoyed the show...and he looks great (I've always had a lil crush on his skinny it's bigger)

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Posted by Melinda on 12/23/2014 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

The endowment is one of the largest endowments in the country, over three million dollars. Both attendance and the endowment grew during the Maxwell Anderson tenure, who fought for free admission at the IMA and has instituted it at the Dallas museum he now heads. It is unconscionable that the IMA would charge money just to set foot on the property. May Sewall must be turning over in her grave.

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Posted by Beverly Roche on 12/23/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

NorthSeaBrent has a valid point. We expect art to be free. But who is buying the
art, maintaining the art, maintaining the building that houses the art, pays staff
workers, relies on volunteers. But lefties like Hoppe expect everything to be free.

An admission price doesn't make it a 'commodity' like Hoppes words of uselessness.
You pay for a Colts Game, a Pacers game, for food, clothing and gas, but something
is supposed to magical about art. Perhaps Hoppe should look up Damien Hirst who gets
millions for his dissected cadavers like sharks. Not fair is it, to the Brown County
artist. Hoppe is simply to cheap to support the arts.

However I think the IMA jumped from O to $18 to quickly. Would have been nice
to have a $5 'get used to paying price" and increasing it over time, so people would
keep the habit of visiting the museum. But the 'sticker' shock' of $18 might have attendance drop off more than anticipated.

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Posted by roger that on 12/22/2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Pence in Empty-Promise Land

O M G....are the right wing Christians really that whacko?

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Posted by Italiano on 12/22/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “IMA's new admission — one of the Midwest's priciest

Recently heard in the IMA marketing meeting: "We need to strategize on improving our low attendance numbers. Also we need more income to support these 'amazing' exhibits we have been bringing in. I KNOW! We can charge an inclusive one price like a theme park for all of our exhibits. Then the silly Hoosiers will think we must have some great culture to see for $18.00" " Brilliant idea bossman!"

Recently heard in a silly Hoosier home:" Mom I want to go see the Classic car exhibit at the IMA". "I know Billy. Your sister wants to see the period art but I can only afford for one of you to go this month"."Mom I thought it was free to see the rest of the museum?" " Not anymore Billy the IMA has decided to charge the same price for a meal for three now." "Well I guess I will have to go back to the Internet and look at babes and cars again Mom.' ' That's right Billy... wait a minute What !?!"

I hate to break it to you IMA but charging east coast prices for third tier offerings does not make it shine any brighter. I have visited the IMA several times and donated to it. I have done the same everywhere I have lived all over the country. The administrators of the IMA must certainly have been anointed by the almighty Lord to correct the wayward citizens of this humble metropolis towards a greater understanding of what culture should taste like. In their grandeur suppositions we meek folk must clearly see that we have to supersize our cultural aspirations to commiserate with the tortured souls that left this oasis of pain behind.

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Posted by JS Harmon on 12/22/2014 at 5:59 AM

Re: “IMA's new admission — one of the Midwest's priciest

The high fee will drive away even middle income visitors. The cost taking a family would lay a utility bill or two. Thank you for the midwest museums information. Indy is no Chicago.

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Posted by Retired Teacher (limited money) on 12/21/2014 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Indianapolis Museum of Art to charge general admission fee

Really sad, they should have started with a smaller admission fee. I can't imagine hardly anyone going now. Most families can't afford that 18 dollar fee. A very huge setback for Indiana Arts again.

Posted by Char on 12/20/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

They receive endowments and donations. It sounds like fiscal management is becoming an issue. I have been many times but the focus shows do not change enough to warrant an admission. This will be a move that results in lower attendance and they will need more assistance.

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Posted by Fisherian on 12/20/2014 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

You're right, $75 can be a lot for some families. That's why the IMA is participating in the Access Program - $1/person (more info here:

Also, as a point of clairification, the IMA is NOT currently 100% free for non-members. The general collection is free, but special exhibitions (Georgia O'Keeffe right now) are $15/person weekdays, $20 on weekends. Also, parking is $5.

It's funny, many demand the IMA to be free (the only institution held to this standard, it seems), but give no thought to its sustainability and access for future generations.

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Posted by NorthSeaBrent on 12/20/2014 at 1:55 AM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

North Sea Brent - $75 is still $75 MORE THAN THE FAMILY EVER PAID IN THE PAST. $75 is a significant amount to many, many families. -md

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Posted by Mark on 12/19/2014 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Inebriated. I-N-E-B-R-I-A-T-E-D. Inebriated.


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Posted by CJPDB on 12/19/2014 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

An annual family membership to the IMA is $75 which includes 2 adults and all kids in household 17 and under.

Membership gives unlimited access to the entire IMA - the general collection, special exhibitions (like the Georgia O'Keeffe that's happening now), 100 Acres Art & Nature Park, Lilly House, the Gardens, and the Greenhouse.

If you go 4 times in 1 year, that's less than $20 per visit - total.

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Posted by NorthSeaBrent on 12/19/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Pot's intoxicating qualities outweigh benefits

I suffer from severe chronic pain as a result of a 18' fall in a construction accident resulting in a broken back and right arm. With 2 major reconstructive back surgeries since my accident, I would much rather smoke a GOD given plant and flower to get my relief than a lifetime of addiction to opiates. Which cause far more harm and damage to the body and a greater chance of addiction.
If you so called elected officials would quit protecting the major pharmaceutical companies in this country, being blind to the fact that despite a doctors prescription with these drugs are just as impairing to drivers.
Do your homework. Might even think about coming out of the closet yourselves. It's weed for me, legal or not!!

Posted by Scott Beck on 12/19/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Charging admission at the IMA

As family of six. This makes going to the IMA a choice we CAN'T make much longer. Glad I moved here early this year to see it free multiple times.

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Posted by Luis Ruvalcaba on 12/19/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Music venues for all ages

Great list. And even though I joined the over-21 crowd in the '80s, these are some of my favorite venues.

Posted by nora on 12/18/2014 at 2:27 PM


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