2011 NUVO Cultural Vision Awards

NUVO Newsweekly prides itself on being “Indy’s Alternative Voice.” This free weekly newspaper is the go to place for Hoosiers looking for news and information about Indianapolis arts and culture. With a liberal slant, this paper pushes the boundaries in Indianapolis, particularly by recognizing creative people who contribute in unique ways to Indianapolis culture. The Annual NUVO Cultural Vision Awards for 2011 will be presented Friday, June 3 at the Athenaeum Theatre on Mass Ave. This Indianapolis event is FREE and open to all Indianapolis people who RSVP.

For more than a decade NUVO has awarded individuals and groups with real cultural vision for the Circle City. These forward thinking movers and shakers contribute regularly to the vibrant Indianapolis arts scene and who bring cultural innovation to the Indianapolis community. With a mission to shine a light on those who make our home a better place to live, the Cultural Vision Awards are a chance for Indianapolis people to say, “Thank You!”

The tradition began in 1998, with two goals. The first goal of NUVO’s Cultural Vision Awards is to promote innovative work throughout Indianapolis and give deserved recognition to both individuals and organizations who originate this work. The second goal of the Cultural Vision Awards is to promote a greater sense of community throughout all of Indy.
The 2011 honorees include Good Earth Natural Food Store, a small but delicious market tucked away behind the Indianapolis Canal in Broad Ripple Village. Filling bellies with natural goodies, Good Earth makes good food affordable.  The Center for Inquiry schools and Principal Christine Collier will also be honored for creating a place for Indianapolis education to thrive. Time for Three is another 2011 honoree. This Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra group breaths new life into the sounds of classical music for a new generation of Indianapolis music lovers.

Central Indiana Jobs with Justice is another honoree. This Indianapolis not for profit organization fights for workers rights, economic justice and a sustainable global economy when it comes to job creation in Indianapolis. Katz and Korin is an Indianapolis based law firm who is integrally involved in the creation of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. In addition, this Cultural Vision Award Honoree has a history of supporting fledgling arts organizations like the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.

Another honoree this year, Primary Colours, promotes interaction between artists and arts enthusiasts with the hope of creating a sustaining and thriving environment for the visual arts community. The final organizational honoree, Bicycle Garage Indy, is changing the way Hoosiers get around. By offering top of the line bikes and helping to promote a more bicycle friendly atmosphere in Indianapolis, Bicycle Garage Indy is tackling big social issues like health and the environment.

This year’s lifetime achievement award will go to Lois Templeton. A graduate of Herron School of Art, Lois has garnered national recognition for her paintings including two exhibitions by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. However, this Indianapolis artists never lost touch with her Hoosier roots, maintaining  a gallery in Indianapolis downtown and showing her work regularly at Editions Limited Gallery.

This year the Cultural Vision Awards descend on the Athenaeum Theatre in Indianapolis downtown. A monument of Indianapolis history, the Athenaeum has been a source of and destination for cultural visionaries for many years. Located in the heart of the Indianapolis cultural district Mass Ave, the Athenauem enjoys prime Indianapolis real estate.

Don’t miss this FREE Indianapolis event. The reception begins at 5:30 pm. Awards will be handed out at 6:30 pm with a reception to follow at 7:45 pm. Plus, enjoy arts and entertainment afterward at the Rathskeller Restaurant and Biergarten next door at 8:30 pm.

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NUVO Cultural Vision Awards
Friday, June 3 at 6:30 pm

Athenaeum Theatre
401 East Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN