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The 2013 Governor's Arts Awards marked 40 years since the inception of the program. Originally conceived in 1973, the biennial awards program honors individuals, organizations, partnerships, businesses, and communities that have made significant contributions to the arts in and beyond the confines of Indiana.
Indiana First Lady Karen Pence served as honorary chair for the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards. “As many people know, the arts mean a great deal to me personally, but even more importantly Mike and I realize the significant impact the arts have in our state," First Lady Karen Pence said. "To be sure, the arts enhance our quality of life, but they also contribute to further economic development, tourism, and excellence in education which make Indiana a great place to live and work.”
Additionally, the First Lady graciously painted a watercolor rendering of the Center for the Performing Arts. The painting, which was on display the evening of the awards program, remains on display at the Center for the Performing Arts.
The Center for the Performing Arts, with support from the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city of Carmel, hosted the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards on Thursday, September 26 as part of a three-day celebration. More than 500 attended the ceremony, which included performances by honoree and singer-songwriter John Hiatt, Michael Feinstein, the Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band, and the Technicians of Arsenal Technical High School. To view images from the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards, click here.
Bedford, Indiana limestone sculptor William Galloway created the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards. Galloway maintains a reputation as one of the best sculptors in the Indiana stone belt. In addition to the honorees' awards, Galloway also created and donated 10-foot versions to be placed in each of Indiana's five cultural districts at a later date. For more information on Galloway and the awards, click here.
Christel DeHaan, philanthropist, Indianapolis, IN Over the past decades, DeHaan has made many philanthropic contributions to central Indiana as well as the rest of the world. She started the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation’s grant making activity within arts and culture focus in Central Indiana and Christel House, a public charity focused on breaking the poverty cycle and providing education, which has learning centers across the world. DeHaan worked with the DeHaan Foundation to provide major gifts to arts organizations, including the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and provided funds for the creation of the Fine Arts Center at University of Indianapolis. DeHaan is recognized as one of America’s top business owners and one of Indianapolis’ Most Influential Leaders. She serves on many local and national boards. She co-founded and served as the president of Resort Condominiums International, the company that pioneered vacation exchange, and served as president, CEO and owner of the company until she sold it in 1996. DeHaan’s philanthropic vision has strengthened the arts in Indiana and supported people around the world.
Cynthia Hartshorn, music educator, Indianapolis, IN Hartshorn has been a music teacher in Indianapolis for nearly 41 years and a director of her church’s choir for 29. She is a life-long Hoosier who holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and Master’s degree from Indiana University. She began working with music during her time at Arsenal Tech High School as a student, taught 12 years at John Marshall High School and then returned to Tech for 29 years. She served as director of the music department for 15 years before assuming the role of choir director. Hartshorn has worked with thousands of students, and some of those students have gone on to be actors in Broadway musicals, music educators, arts advocates, philanthropists, performers, members of choirs and recorded musicians. She also leads many performing groups and directs several large-scale productions each year including a fall play, all-school musical, senior musical, faculty musical, and an outdoor festival.
John Hiatt, singer/songwriter, Nashville, TN Born in Indianapolis, John Hiatt is a folk, rock, blues and country guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter. His career began in 1972, playing with bands in small clubs in Indianapolis. Hiatt released his debut album in 1974 and has since written more than 600 songs and recorded more than 20 studio albums as well as two live concert albums. Before his own recording career, he was a prolific songwriter for a recording company in Nashville. Hiatt has been nominated for 11 Grammys, received the 2000 Nashville Music Award for Songwriter/Artist of the Year, and received the 2008 Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. After coming out of a troubled childhood and tragedies in his adult life, Hiatt is an inspiration to many as a musician and songwriter as well as a person who found success after hardships.
Mark Kruzan, mayor, Bloomington, IN Kruzan has served as mayor of Bloomington for nine years and has consistently recognized the role of the arts in the city’s history and economy. He established a permanent arts staff in the city and worked to make Bloomington a cultural district, which was part of his campaign platform. Kruzan used his four areas of focus: community commerce, community collaboration, community condition and community character to showcase arts and culture. He has made resources available for artists and art enterprises in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and expanded investment in the arts more than six-fold during a period of national economic distress. Kruzan has implemented many arts and culture policies and programming during his time in office. Other cities around the state and country now look to Bloomington under Kruzan’s leadership as a model in economic and cultural progress.
Sydney Pollack*, producer/director/actor, Los Angeles, CA Born in Lafayette, Ind., Pollack spent his formative years in South Bend, Ind. where he developed his love of drama and theatre at South Bend High School. He graduated from high school in 1952 and later moved to New York City and Los Angeles. In the 50s, Pollack studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. He served two years in the army then returned to teach acting. In the 1960s, he became a television director for series such as “Ben Casey,” “Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “Wagon Train.” His big screen debut was “War Hunt,” in which he developed a lifelong friendship with actor Robert Redford. “Out of Africa” was his big directing success, which received 11 Academy Award Nominations and seven wins.
Throughout his life, Pollack directed more than 30 films and many TV shows, produced 48 films and acted in 40 movies and television shows. Pollack became a four-time Oscar winner. In 2000, he received the John Huston Award from the Directors Guild of America as a “defender of artists’ rights.” In 2003, he was honored by the Hollywood Film Festival for Outstanding Achievement in Production. At the Austin Film Festival in 2006, he received the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. Pollack was highly respected in the filmmaking world and influenced many artists in the industry.
Traditional Arts Indiana, arts organization, Bloomington Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) works to promote, document and preserve work and stories of traditional Indiana artists. Established in 1998, TAI exists from a partnership between the IAC and Indiana University, Bloomington. Committed to identifying, documenting and showcasing Indiana’s living cultural traditions, this unique organization champions the arts as part of everyday life, through a host of public programs and helps people access the arts around the state through 40 traveling exhibits touring free-of-charge to public libraries. From its work with refugee weavers in Indianapolis to old-time fiddlers in Paoli, TAI has gathered important documentary materials from Indiana folk artists, which it archives for future generations at Indiana University.