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Uplift by Rita: Events and Opportunities in the Circle City

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Uplift by Rita: Events and Opportunities in the Circle City

Are you wanting to keep it safe but still participate in Indy's cultural life? Check out longtime NUVO writer Rita Kohn's curated selection of ongoing and upcoming events into July.

June 11 at 4 p.m. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Visiting Artist Program is featuring David Slonim and Israel Solomon on Let’s Chat: Art for a Facebook Live program. “Just have plain paper, crayons, colored pencils or markers ready to go for a virtual opportunity to be creative and expressive through art.” advises the news release. Slonim will share how children's book authors/illustrators create a book. Solomon will demonstrate the techniques he uses with color and shape to tell stories about the world around us.  Slonim and Solomon are serving as Visiting Artists from June 2020 through May 2021 as part of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund.  Learn more here.

June 11 at 7 p.m. The Sapphire Theatre Company is presenting “A fun, interactive 30+ minutes showcasing local artists hosted by Daniel A Martin.” Say you’re going here.

June 12 at 6 p.m. Join Indiana Medical History Museum on Facebook Live for “Emerging Viruses and Pandemics: Lessons from HIV/AIDS presented by William H. Schneider, PhD.”

The email informs: “HIV/AIDS is easily the most devastating pandemic in the past century, and possibly by many measures the worst since Black Death. Yet it has rarely been referenced in understanding the current COVID-19 pandemic. Using the example of HIV/AIDS, this talk will look at where pathogens come from and why some produce epidemics and pandemics.” Find more information, and register for the Zoom seminar, here.

June 12, at 6:15 p.m. Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation inviteseveryone to join the Virtual Solidarity Shabbat. Special guests from our Muslim and Christian communities will help us bring understanding and peace to our homes as we welcome Shabbat into our sacred spaces at home.

Click to join via Zoom or with a livestream onIHC Facebook.

June 15 to June 21 WRTV is teaming up with Kroger and Second Helpings to get meals into the hands of locals struggling to put food on the table. Shoppers can go to select central Indiana Kroger stores and round up or select a donation amount of their choice at checkout. The proceeds will go directly to Second Helpings. Working together, WRTV and the Scripps Howard Foundation will match up to $12,000 of donations made through the fundraising initiative.

Throughout June, Indianapolis Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's beautiful and timeless classic opera, La Bohème,  the story of six bohemians in 1830's Paris: a poet, seamstress, painter, singer, musician, and a philosopher. Join the characters on their journeys, including love at first sight, poverty, sickness, estrangement, sacrifice, and reconciliation. .Would you make the same choices as they do if you were in their situations? 

Go here.

July 12, at 2 p.m. The Medical History Museum of Indiana will reprise the October 2018 program by  Bill Beck and William McNiece, MD: The 1918 Pandemic: Indianapolis Confronts the 1918 Spanish Influenza

It’s a day-by-day chronology of the 1918 Pandemic in Indianapolis that invites us to consider what lessons that outbreak from a century ago holds for residents today.

“When the Spanish Influenza began to affect life in Indianapolis in late September 1918, the Hoosier Capital City was relatively quick to react,” offers the news release. “The community had dealt with typhoid epidemics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and an outbreak of diphtheria in 1910 had resulted in orders to close schools until the infection passed. Public health officials ordered schools, theaters, restaurants and other gathering places [to] shut down to halt community spread of the deadly influenza, and residents were asked to wear cloth masks when out in public (and to refrain from spitting on the streets and sidewalks, at all costs). Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame all canceled football games that fall, and popular Halloween Trick or Treat activities were suspended until the fall of 1919.”

 Details here. 

Ongoing Events and Opportunities

Here’s a general Call for Help from The Indy Musicians Relief Fund: “While many things are opening up, the music scene will be one of the last to come back. A special thanks to the Penrod Society & the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation for matching the first $10,000 in donations. If you have interest as a company or organization in supporting this cause please reach out to Erica Stickler, IJF development director    

 If you prefer to send your contribution via mail - please send to: Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, PO Box 20857, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Check out the Indy Arts Guide for a city-wide listing of what’s fun to watch/hear.

Indianapolis Landmarks posts stories of rescuing and living in historic buildings.  Share in the adventures here.

The Indiana Medical History Museum from Public History graduate intern Hannah Smith are here.  Coming soon Where the Living and Dead Meet: The Nineteenth Century Rural Cemetery Movement and Central State Hospital  and  “It’s Medicinal”: A Look at Alcohol Prescriptions During Prohibition

Indiana Historical Society tempts with this teaser: “Did you know that Indiana’s first railroad needed horses to get started? Check out this Indiana Bicentennial Minute video to see how Indiana’s first railroad needed a little extra horsepower.”

This week’s IHS digital top 10 offers a variety of images including Hoosier soldiers from the Civil War,  the John Guedelhoefer Wagon Company, which started with wagon making and moved into trucks and other motor vehicle, and the photos by a Seymour amateur photographer who was related to President Richard Nixon.

Click here to see this week’s top 10 collections items. 

Now at the JCC, Amplifying Black Voices shares William Rasdell's artwork. Here’s his artist statement:  "I view myself as a cultural storyteller. My work as an artist is strongly influenced by issues related to migration as a transforming agent in cultural evolution. Through my images, I explore the ways that ethnic convergence can enrich cultures with foods, religions, languages and the arts just as it can erode the foundation of a society through overpopulation, unemployment, homelessness, xenophobia, and war. With a particular focus on the African diaspora, my art is an attempt to portray cultural relationships as they evolve into contemporary societies.

“As a 70 year old Black male living in the U.S., I've long been more than casually aware of the inequities in this society. Fortunately, my art provides a voice of expression that allows me to vent and to call out those inequities as I see them not only in the U.S. but in many places around the globe."

See the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council list of resources for learning about racial justice and equity here.

In need of a meditative musical moment from the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation?

Check Cantor Aviva's newest creation with other musicians to bring some calm into your day, whenever you need it and wherever you are.

Clickto watch videos in this playlist. New videos added weekly.

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