Being an artist in this day and age is no cake walk. Competing with television, Internet and a fast paced technological society leaves little room for visual, music and theater artists to grab hold of Hoosiers. Finding a well paying job to support or even promote their work is even more far fetched. Luckily, the Arts Council of Indianapolis offers a Creative Renewal Fellowship to 40 artists and arts administrators in Indianapolis each year. Friday, April 15, the Indianapolis Art Center, in the Indianapolis Cultural District Broad Ripple, hosts a sampling of work from 2009 Creative Renewal fellows. See how these artists spent their two years renewing their creativity.
Every two years, 40 Indianapolis artists and arts administrators receive $10,000 cash to spend over the course of two years renewing themselves creatively. The money is spent on anything from gallery and studio rental to art supplies to trips to inspiring locations and retreats with other professionals in the art field. Since its inception in 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Creative Renewal Fellowship has supported 290 artists in their work.
As the Arts Council of Indianapolis says, “The program is designed to celebrate the work of individual artists and arts administrators and offers the participants unique and challenging ways to renew and refresh their creativity.” The grant promotes art and creativity in the whole of the city by releasing forty artists into their Indianapolis communities with the funds to do literally anything they can imagine. Their work undoubtedly enhances Indianapolis culture.
In 2009, forty such artists heard their dreams come true when they received their fellowship. Two years ago these artists began a journey to find a new version of their creative selves. Now its time for the Indianapolis people to view the work of these artists. Head to the Indianapolis Art Center April 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to see how these artists spent their time and money.
Artists who will present work from their 2009 Creative Renewal Fellowship include dancers: Mariel Greenlee, Gregory Glade Hancock (of the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre), David Hochoy (of Dance Kaleidoscope), Roberta Wong (Indianapolis Ballet Theatre), Alyona Yakovleva (Indiana Ballet Company). Literary creative renewal fellows include Joyce Brinkman and Shari Wagner. Theatre artists include Deborah Asante of Asante Children’s Theatre, Bryan Fonseca of the Phoenix Theatre and Glen Thoreson of Butler Univeristy ‘s Theatre Department. Visual artists include Wug Laku, Emma Overman, Carol M. White and others. Arts administrators include Jaq Nigg and Amy McKune of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Jeffery L. Sparks (Heartland Truly Moving Pictures) and Christopher West of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.
Work will range from visual works of art, lectures, video and other multi-media. In addition, the lucky 40 winners of the Creative Renewal Fellowship will be announced. As this journey draws to a close for forty artists, it is just beginning for forty more. Head to the Indianapolis Art Center (home of the Marilyn K. Glick School of Art) in Broad Ripple Village to catch up with premiere Indianapolis artists and find out who the next budding Indianapolis arts leaders will be. This event is held in conjunction with the Broad Ripple Village Association’s Spring Gallery Tour, where galleries and botiques in this cultural district open their doors to Hoosiers.
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2009 Creative Renewal Fellowship Exhibit
Friday, April 15
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Art Center
820 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN 4622
For more information visit the Indianapolis Art Center’s website.