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Best of the Rest: Dec. 18, 2015

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Sure, we want you to visit Sky Blue Window daily, but we realize stories about incredible events, entertainment and interesting organizations that are transforming Indiana pour out of publications all over this city. So in this space, we bring you the Best of the Rest, a collection of other notable pieces spotlighting arts and entertainment around town.

Check out the list of hot topics from beyond our Sky Blue Window. When you’re finished, stick around to browse some of our stories you might have missed this week. Enjoy!


Eiteljorg Earns Major Grants

The Indian Market and Festival will continue in 2016 thanks to $130,000 in grant money to the Eiteljorg Museum. -
  • The Indian Market and Festival will continue in 2016 thanks to $130,000 in grant money to the Eiteljorg Museum.

By Rita Kohn via NUVO

It costs a lot of money to run one of the country’s premier museums in a given field. With three separate grants totaling more than $130,000, Indy’s Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will enjoy a significant financial boost that will allow the museum to sustain ongoing conservation efforts while furthering programming such as its annual Indian Market and Festival.

The festival will return to White River State Park in 2016 after a decade in Military Park. Visit NUVO for a detailed breakdown of how the recent financial windfall will be allocated. For more on the Indian Market and Festival, revisit our 2014 conversation with Eiteljorg’s Jaq Nigg ahead of last year’s installment of the event.


Stuart Lowry stepped down as president of the Heartland Film Festival, and Frank Basile has stepped into the position. -
  • Stuart Lowry stepped down as president of the Heartland Film Festival, and Frank Basile has stepped into the position.

Heartland Film Taps Basile After President’s Sudden Departure

By IBJ Staff via IBJ

A vacancy at the top of Hoosier film juggernaut Heartland Film Festival arrived unexpectedly when the organization’s president Stuart Lowry recently stepped down, citing personal reasons. Heartland Film was quick to fill the vacancy, announcing Wednesday that prominent local arts supporter Frank Basile will take over in the interim.

The shift at the top comes at a crucial time for Heartland Film, an organization set to celebrate 25 years as Central Indiana’s premier film festival when it returns in October of 2016. For more on the transition, visit the IBJ for full details. For more on Lowry, revisit Cathy Kightlinger’s 2014 profile on the outgoing president.


How IMA Tours are Fighting Early-Stage Alzheimer’s

By Seth Johnson via NUVO

From work with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to others rehabilitating from severe brain trauma, the arts are increasingly being explored by medical professionals as a viable remedy for all sorts of neurological challenges. Locally, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana on a monthly docent-led tour that’s targeted at individuals suffering from early-stage Alzheimer’s.

The program is modeled after a similar one at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. This heightened awareness around increased access to the arts for those with physical restrictions struck a particular nerve with NUVO’s Seth Johnson who is visually impaired.

Visit NUVO for Johnson’s detailed description of the new program. For more on art’s impact on health, revisit our conversation with Dr. Michael Bakan whose research focuses on music’s impact on individuals on the Autism spectrum.


ISO’s Conductor Laureate Bids Farewell to the Annual Classical Christmas Series He Started

The 88-year-old Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Raymond Leppard leads his final performance.
  • The 88-year-old Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Raymond Leppard leads his final performance.

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

For the last time, ISO Conductor laureaute Raymond Leppard led the orchestra in its annual Classical Christmas concert last weekend. Fortunately for those who missed the grand finale, local arts writer Jay Harvey was on hand at Butler University’s Schrott Center for the Performing Arts to document. Despite Leppard’s 88 years, Harvey says that he led the musicians admirably -- walking the group through performances from Schubert to Handel and beyond. It always proves a treat to read Harvey break down a performance of classics, and this recount is no exception. Visit his blog for a detailed account of the historic sendoff.

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