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Forward Momentum with 4-Cs: Caring, Communication, Caution, Common Sense, Civility - May 14

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Forward Momentum with 4-Cs: Caring, Communication, Caution, Common Sense, Civility - May 14

It’s a mixed bag of mailbox notices with even more innovative ways to deliver arts, culture, humanities programming for stay at home, alongside “we’re opening” notices. 

I got to mulling about the latter during this week’s walks. Remnants of too eager plantings called attention with their sorry yellowish limpness, making me wonder if they are metaphors for patience. 

With the lifting of Marion County’s stay-at-home order,  as a first phase of resuming in-person service, Indianapolis Public Library is providing curbside delivery of books and other materials to patrons starting May 18, Sunday through Friday (closed Saturday) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at these locations: Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street; the East 38th Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street; the Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue; the Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road; and the Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road.  

The news release also specifies, “Individuals can request Library materials online or over the phone to staff at any of the five designated locations to be picked up at any of those sites. They would then need to contact the selected branch to inform staff of their arrival time. Patrons who arrive on foot or by bicycle will be served as long as safe social distancing practices are observed.”

While all library buildings currently remain closed, you return library materials at outside book drops at all locations.  “All returned items will be quarantined and cleaned in accordance with established health guidelines before being recirculated into the Library’s collection. In addition, all new physical item checkouts will have a 21-day checkout time, and all fines and late fees will continue to be waived until further notice,” informs the news release. Full Library details are here: 

Read the Curbside Pickup details and step-by-step process  


Learn Governor Holcomb's "Back on Track Indiana" plan here:  Stage 2 

Anticipation for down the road is filtering in. Plans for Pioneer Village activities at the Indiana State Fair are proceeding as usual, according to volunteer coordinator Sandy Barton.  “Please be safe and stay healthy so you can enjoy another Great Indiana State Fair,”  adds Gary T. Emsweller, Pioneer Village superintendent and manager. Actors Theatre of Indiana announced their 16th anniversary season starting Sept. 4, 2020. Find songs from each of the upcoming productions, performed by Don Farrell, Judy Fitzgerald and Cynthia Collins, here:


At-home activity assistance, for now, continues to energize with new activities.  Indianapolis Art Center is sending us to  for podcasts, articles, and instructables. “Dive  into thousands of productive and popular posts,” says Associate Director of Education Alyson, in a sprightly tweet. This notice comes with perfect timing for a parent who asked me, “What art activities are available for this summer to fill in for no art camps?”  

Art Center staff member Susan Meyer, emailed this assurance,.“Work is crazy busy as we are trying to pivot on a dime.  With the uncertainty in timing for on-site classes and events, we decided to do our June classes and summer camps on-line.  We also had to cancel the 50th OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair and one planned exhibition.  Our remaining exhibitions for this year are being reviewed.  Laying off staff has been the most difficult decision so far.”

Meyer encapsulates what I’ve been hearing in bits and pieces from across the city.  

“I am ready to be back in our building with students in classes and children in camps,” writes Meyer.  “I miss the sound of activity in the studios.  We are not sure what will happen long term as we don’t know how quickly people will want to gather for in-person classes and events – at the level we had offered them before COVID-19.  There is no roadmap for this and that makes it much more challenging to negotiate.”

Meyer’s comment reminded me of the pivotal musical number “You’ve got to know the territory,” in “The Music Man.” And just as I was typing this, the Beef & Boards email dinged for my attention. Their Behind the Scenes Facebook Live episode on May 15, at 10 a.m. is with scenic designer Michael Layton. Participate here:  @[100000323910027:2048:Michael Layton]

“Michael has designed the set for every single show at Beef & Boards for the past 39 years -- a total of 312 productions,” informs B&B spokesperson Patricia Rettig. “His skill has allowed us to stage such amazing shows as "Les Misérables" and "Mamma Mia!" But Beef & Boards has such a unique space - what does it take to create sets for these shows, and what innovations has he used to make them work? ”


Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site president & CEO Charles A. Hyde reminds us, “In this time of uncertainty, one thing we can be sure of is the important role we all can play in supporting others. We hope you’ll take some time to learn more about our work to empower the next generation of young leaders—because creating new opportunities for the next generation will create a brighter future for all of us.” In the moment of now, says Hyde, “Be engaged and do your part to help our community get back on its feet as the “stay at home” order is lifted.

  • Visit our website where you will find a wealth of virtual information including our digital collection and Stay engaged with us on social media: 

Storytelling Arts puts a happy spin on their upcoming programming through June 4. Get involved with how-to and the best-of at


If you’re happy to listen and learn about what’s happening in the academic arena,  IUPUI’s Art+Ethics Seminar about decolonizing the museum, presented by Dr. Kelli Morgan, associate curator for American Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields,  you can watch the video here, and for the program with Rebecca Bray and Steve Lambert, co-Directors of the Center for Artistic Activism go here:  Facebook Live. You can read Dr. Laura Holzman's opinion piece, here: Arts play an essential role in challenging times   Everyone is invited to participate in The COVID-19 Oral History Project to share your in-the-moment living experience.  sign up here.  Learn more about the project on our website or read about it in the news via the New York Times Smithsonian Magazine , or IU News.  Artists are invited to register by May 31 to participate in the upcoming Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program


A new DNR video shows safety guidelines related to COVID-19 to follow during visits to DNR’s public lands. The video features Indiana State Park staff, and a bald eagle from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center. The eagle is “the resident educational ambassador that travels the state for programs with the team,” explains DNR spokesperson Ginger Murphy. The video is on the DNR Youtube site at, “and will be posted on DNR social media sites over the next few days,” according to Murphy. Along with the now familiar smart safety practices, Murphy reminds visitors to public sites to,“carry-in, carry-out” your trash and other items you bring with you.  


What’s New at The ISO? is a rhetorical catchphrase to entice to this site: for an interlude with Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly about how he prepares to conduct a live film with the eighty-five members of the ISO on stage at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. “We all know the importance of music in a movie, even if we aren’t always paying attention to it,” he reminds us. “But without it, the attack scene in Jaws or the fighting scenes in Star Wars just aren’t the same; but the amount of time preparing the score and studying the film is enormous. When it comes to scores by John Williams, there are multiple themes that represent a moment, a place, or a character, and those need to be communicated through the music.”  


“Visual arts and entertainment from The Center” surfaces twice weekly. Find a rundown of watch-ables here:

Newfields is wrapping up Garden Week with this invitation: Share your favorite memories from The Garden with us. Tag us @NewfieldsToday on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and use #DiscoverNewfields. Go to  Facebook Live on May 20 at 10 a.m. to join “Ms. Katy for a morning of imagination” as she reads The Snail's Spell by Joanne Ryder and leads children of all ages in an activity with materials you already have at home. 


While remaining closed to the public, but with weekly new on-line activities that posted, The Eiteljorg staff is working toward even greater quality programming with special grants at according to a news release from Bryan Corbin.

“The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art received some important recognition recently when it was accepted into two prestigious national programs, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) and the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP),” cites Corbin.  “Both programs will help the Eiteljorg strengthen operations and plan for the future. Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with museum professionals from MAP and CAP, Eiteljorg Museum staff and management will gain insights into better serving their community and improving the care of their collections and building.”


May 17 at 3:30 p.m.  American Pianists Awards 2021 finalist Mackenzie Melemed and 2006 winner Spencer Myer share a conversation and a short performance from their home piano benches.. go to:  Facebook Live (no account required)

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