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Maybe we can almost agree that winter, at least the worst of it, is behind us. Ahead of us is a very busy but exciting spring season.
Certainly, one of the most exciting events for us was the recent visit to our state by Dr. Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Her visit to Indianapolis March 6 and 7 marked only the third such visit to Indiana by an active NEA chair in the 50-year history of the agency, and only the second such visit to Indianapolis.
Dr. Chu earned her PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. As part of her visit, she met with Indiana University students and faculty as well as NEA direct grantees from our state. I know they were excited to meet with her, and the Arts Commission was thrilled to be a part of helping make the visit a success.
Her visit included a site visit to the Indianapolis Art Center, a recipient of a 2014 NEA grant, and a meeting with representatives from other Central Indiana direct grantee organizations. On March 7, Chairman Chu gave remarks about the direction of the NEA as it relates to creative placemaking during a symposium on the campus of IUPUI.
In spite of challenging weather conditions (is it spring yet?), we concluded a successful Poetry Out Loud state final championship in late February. The fact that all of our participants, from all corners of the state, braved the tricky driving conditions to make the event speaks volumes to the dedication these students have to representing themselves and their schools at the state finals. Our congratulations once again go to Plymouth High School senior Emma Libersky who captured her third consecutive state championship title. Emma will once again represent Indiana at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C. in early May.
There will be many more exciting things to share with you throughout the coming spring and summer as 2015 will be a very busy and exciting year for the arts in our state.
All the best,