South Bend chosen for arts awards

The city of South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County and is the fourth largest city located in north central Indiana, including the economic and cultural hub of the Michiana region. 2005 photo by Derek Jensen shows the downtown.

     (NWPR-IN) – To be presented in the fall, Governor Mitch Daniel expressed, “We are happy to present the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards program in South Bend. It has been a pleasure to share the excitement of Indiana’s highest honor in the arts with communities around our great state.” 

Mitch Daniels

     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. The awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education, and leadership in the arts, and at the same time build statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Indiana.

     In 2009, awards were given to renowned opera singer Angela Brown, Indianapolis; The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis; Sweetwater Sound, Inc., Fort Wayne; Vectren Corporation, Evansville; and the Ball Brothers Foundation, and the George and Frances Ball Foundation, Muncie.

Rob DeCleene

     “The 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards will be a great town and gown opportunity for South Bend to showcase our status as the regional arts destination for northern Indiana,” said Rob DeCleene, executive director of the South Bend Visitors and Convention Bureau. “IU South Bend is proud to host the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards,” said Chancellor Una Mae Reck. “The

Una Mae Reck

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is a jewel on our campus. We look forward to sharing our facilities and talent on the statewide stage this event provides.”

     Indiana Arts Commission Executive Director Lewis Ricci said, We are very excited by the prospects of working with South Bend and Indiana University South Bend in presenting the State of Indiana’s highest honor in the arts. The committee members were very impressed by their presentation. We are confident the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards will be a great success.”

     In 2007, the Governor’s Arts Awards program was held in Bloomington and the 2009 awards, Muncie. South Bend will be the third location for the event to be held outside the Hoosier capital city.




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