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A very busy October has come and gone, and I hope you found a way to celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month. As we head into the coming holidays, this is a great time to reflect upon what the arts mean to each of us, and why we should be thankful the arts have touched our lives.
We have just announced the selection of the artist who will create the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards, and soon we will be announcing the recipients of those awards. The award presentation, the 21st such biennial recognition of outstanding contributions to and achievements in the arts, will take place in April of 2016 and will be one of the signature events celebrating the Indiana Bicentennial. We will also take time to reflect upon the 50 year history of the Indiana Arts Commission.
Truly the awards represent one of our core values, Citizen Ownership in the arts. Anyone can make a nomination and anyone can be nominated. While some part recipients have included vary famous Hoosiers, the vast majority of the recipients have been average citizen volunteers, arts educators, community-based businesses, local elected officials, and small to mid-sized cities.
In recent years, the awards have been taken "on the road" and shared with communities like South Bend, Muncie, Bloomington, and Carmel reinforcing another of our core values, Essential Localism. Each of these communities and their local planning committees put their own unique flavor to the celebration taking community pride and ownership in the state's highest recognition in the arts.
In coming weeks, we will be announcing many details about the event, and I hope you will consider joining us in celebrating the 21st Biennial Governor's Arts Awards, the 50th Anniversary of the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Indiana Bicentennial.
All the best,