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Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Indiana University ArtsWeek goes 'green' for 2010

Dec. 8, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's 26th Annual ArtsWeek, scheduled for February Feb. 18-28 (2010), will focus on the theme "Arts and the Environment."

ArtsWeek 2010 kicks off with the Bloomington Area Arts Council Arts Leadership Awards on Thursday, Feb. 18. The week will close Sunday, Feb. 28, with a special brunch by local chefs sponsored by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission. The brunch will focus on conversations among area artists and arts organization leaders regarding issues facing the arts in the Bloomington community.

ArtsWeek is an annual winter festival showcasing the many levels of artistic expression in Bloomington and on the IU campus. Sponsored in part by the IU President's Office and the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research, ArtsWeek offers dozens of exhibitions, performances and family-friendly events featuring many modes of artistic expression.

"The artists involved in ArtsWeek 2010 will offer a broad interpretation of the 'Arts and the Environment' theme," said Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "While much of the featured literature, performance and visual art will deal with ecological issues, ArtsWeek will also provide us with opportunities to pause and appreciate the natural and human environments that surround us."

This year's ArtsWeek will offer a new honor, the Anya Peterson-Royce ArtsWeek Showcase Award, reflecting Peterson-Royce's scholarly interests in the performing arts. (Peterson-Royce is Chancellors' Professor of anthropology and of comparative literature.) Selene Carter and the IU Contemporary Dance Program have received the $500 Showcase Award for their project featuring dance in Jordan Hall atrium on the IU Bloomington campus. The dance is designed to relate to the architecture and content of the Jordan Hall science building, expressing life forms in varying stages of development. The intent of the piece is to reveal the universality of movement linking all life forms on planet Earth.

2010 funded ArtsWeek projects are:

  • "The Modern Environment," presented by the Bloomington Playwright's Project and Gabe Gloden
  • "Human Activity Suite," presented by Jazz from Bloomington and Monika Herzig
  • "Nature Songs and All that Jazz," presented by Janiece Jaffe
  • "Nature, Art and Identity," presented by Traditional Arts Indiana and Jon Kay
  • "Trashion/Refashion Show," presented by the Center for Sustainable Living and Jeanne Leimkuhler
  • "The Welcome Table," presented by the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and Danielle McClelland
  • "Reduce; Reuse; Redance!" workshop, presented by Windfall Dancers and Kay Olges
  • "Dr. Music's Little Band School" workshop and performance, presented by WFHB and Marc Tschida
  • The Drawer Boy by Cardinal Stage Company and Randy White
  • "Outside-in: Dirt Song," Catherine Bowman (Department of English)
  • Panel discussion: "When Green is More Than a Color," Nan Brewer (IU Art Museum)
  • Dance in Jordan Hall atrium, Selene Carter (School of Healthy, Physical Education and Recreation, Kinesiology)
  • Margaret Mead film festival, Geoffrey Conrad (Mathers Museum)
  • "The Composer's Perception," Constance Cook Glen (Jacobs School of Music)
  • "Forgotten and Future Landscapes," Betsy Stirratt (School of Fine Arts Gallery)
  • "Greening Literature," Samrat Upadhyay (IU Creative Writing program)

For more information, as well as news and other ArtsWeek updates, sign up for the ArtsWeek e-mail list, available on the 26th Annual ArtsWeek Web site,