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Governor’s Arts Awards to Honor Contributions to the Arts in Indiana

This year in Muncie, Indiana, the Governor’s Arts Awards will honor five different contributors to Indianapolis art and art around the state. The bi-annual awards ceremony will be held at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts on the campus of Ball State University and will feature live music, an awards banquet, and an arts exposé where Indianapolis artists can display their work.

Recipients for the 2009 Governor’s Arts Awards come from all over Indiana, including two from Indianapolis. Angela Brown is a star of the Indianapolis music and Indianapolis performing arts scene; she took the nation by storm when she performed the starring role in Verdi’s Aida at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. Angela Brown has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and other opera and symphonic companies all around the world, runs her own recital company, and has even recorded an album, Mosaic, a collection of African-American spirituals.

Also out of Indianapolis, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis will also be receiving a Governor’s Arts Award. This Indianapolis event takes place every four years and features some of the finest classical musicians in the world. The seventeen day competition is one of the most respected competitions of its kind in the music world.

Two other deserving recipients of Governor’s Arts Awards will be the Ball Brothers Foundation and the George and Frances Ball Foundation. The two Ball Foundations have contributed enormously to countless arts and education organizations in Indiana, including the American Pianists Association, Anderson University, the Indiana Black Expo, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Ivy Tech Community College, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the President Benjamin Harrison Foundation, and many others.

The two other luminaries to be honored at the Governor’s Arts Awards are Sweetwater Sound out of Fort Wayne and the Vectren Corporation out of Evansville. Sweetwater Sound is a gargantuan instrument, music, and studio retailer out of Fort Wayne; the company also sponsors many arts and musical educaton programs. The Vectren Corporation supports arts programs in high schools around Indiana.

The Governor’s Arts Awards began in 1973 as a co-venture between the Indiana Arts Commission and the governor’s office to celebrate Indiana’s thriving arts community. Past winners of the Governor’s Arts Awards include the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, VSA Arts of Indiana, the Indianapolis Recorder, Eli Lilly and Company, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, and many others.