Tomorrow Is the Big Day: 2014 Award Recipients Announced!

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Word on the street: The Harrisburg media crew will soon arrive in Indiana to prepare for First Lady Susan Corbett's visit tomorrow. We're excited to soon learn this year's PA Artist of the Year and Distinguished Arts, Arts Innovation, and Arts Patron awardees!

Think a western PA artist will be included?

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All We Need Is You: Governor's Arts Awards - Coming September 28

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IUP Communications Media students invite everyone to the big event on Sunday, September 28!

Come celebrate Pennsylvania's amazing cultural talent with the wonderful small-town America spirit Indiana is known for.

 

  • 11 am: Arts events begin in locations around Indiana County
  • 4 pm: Awards ceremony, IUP Performing Arts Center
  • After the ceremony: Public reception

See our events schedule. All events are free and open to the public!

Community Art Flag Project Gets Underway!

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Teachers Heidi Higbee and Ashley Rosendale and their students at East Pike Elementary School are excited about the Governor's Arts Awards. They're some of the first participants in the flag decorating project.

See more student flag decorating photos on our Facebook page.

Artistic spirit will fly high in hundreds of decorated flags in the Oak Grove at IUP on September 28, celebrating Indiana as the Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth for the day.

Students in k-12 schools began decorating flags in early June, more schools will participate in August/September, and flags will be available for adults and kids to decorate at the Indiana County Fair (August 24-30), the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival (Indiana, September 5-6), and more locales this summer. Decorate a flag--show your true colors!



An exciting event schedule is taking shape!

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An exciting preliminary event schedule for the Governor's Arts Awards is beginning to take form, like a work of art in its earliest, inspired phase.


There'll be hundreds of flags flying...

Celebrating Indiana as the Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth for the day on September 28, artistic spirit will fly high in hundreds of decorated flags in the Oak Grove at IUP.

Students in area k-12 schools began decorating flags in early June, more schools will participate in August/September, and flags will be available for adults and kids to decorate at the Indiana County Fair (August 24-30), the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival (Indiana, September 5-6), and more locales this summer.

and an Open Studio Tour and open houses at cultural venues...

  • At 11:00 am the annual Open Studio Tour begins, with acclaimed and up-and-coming artists throughout Indiana County welcoming you to see their work in progress. The tour will also be available Saturday, September 27.
  • At noon, discover Indiana's artsy side in open houses at cultural destinations, including the Indiana Theater, Artists Hand Gallery, and more.
The works of 35 of our most accomplished k-12 student artists will be exhibited and juried for prize money...

  • The artwork of 35 Indiana-area k-12 students who were recognized in this spring's seventh annual Youth Arts Celebration will be displayed at the IUP Performing Arts Center. A special second round of jurying will further select recipients for cash prizes for art supplies for their school.
and a great lineup of Indiana-area musical talent will fill the air with festive sound...

  • At 2:00 pm, bandstand performances in the Oak Grove begin, with a lineup including the IUP Jazz Ensemble, IUP Chorale, Marion Center Area High School Choir, and much more of the great musical talent in the Indiana area.

Check out the preliminary Events Calendar, and stay tuned for further details.


--Deborah Klenotic
Kathleen Mulcahy and Ron Desmett are innovative studio glass artists and founders of the Pittsburgh Glass Center, a nonprofit, public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art.

"Surprise, tenderness, flow, a kind of cleansing feeling, ancient excavations, newness, childlike curiosity, beauty and play" -- This is what Kathleen says she hopes to inspire in viewers. We think she succeeds beautifully! What do you think?


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The Pennsylvanian Who Took Hometown Values to Hollywood

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Jimmy Stewart, center, was presented the first Pennsylvania Governor's Arts Award by Governor Dick Thornburgh and First Lady Ginny Thornburgh in Harrisburg, May 1, 1980. (Courtesy of Thornburgh Archives)

Thirty-four years ago this week, one of America's great actors came home to Pennsylvania from Hollywood to accept the commonwealth's first Governor's Award for the Arts.

It was the legendary Jimmy Stewart, who was widely acclaimed for his roles in almost 80 movies, including the classics It's a Wonderful Life, Mr.Smith Goes to Washington, and The Philadelphia Story, for which he won an Academy Award--and who was born and raised right here in small-town Indiana, PA.

I get a shiver, picturing the ceremony in Harrisburg on May 1, 1980, when Jimmy was presented the Distinguished Artist Award by Governor Dick Thornburgh. Jimmy's wife, Gloria, as well as dignitaries, friends, and fans from Indiana and all around the state were there. What a great moment of Pennsylvania pride it must've been.

Jimmy was both admired by the film industry and beloved by the public as a brilliant yet modest actor, well mannered and soft spoken, who so often played the "ordinary hero."

Even though he was a star, said Governor Thornburgh, "Jimmy Stewart never became a matinee idol. He was always one of us.

The strength of the man and of most of the characters he played rested in his ability to be so engagingly natural--your next door neighbor."

Jimmy was presented with a sculpture by Pennsylvania artist Ron Bennett. Although he'd been honored many times during his career, including with the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, Jimmy said the Pennsylvania Distinguished Artist Award "has special significance for me."

Many in attendance knew Jimmy as the local boy who'd worked at his dad's store, J.M. Stewart Hardware, at Philadelphia and South Eighth Streets in Indiana and went to nearby Mercersburg Academy, before going on to Princeton University.

During his visit to Harrisburg, Jimmy met with a group of Indiana residents who'd traveled there on a bus trip sponsored by the Indiana Arts Council. Asked at a press conference earlier that day what he remembered about his hometown, Jimmy said, "It seems to me I remember every minute of it."

He and Gloria also assisted the governor in presenting Hazlett Memorial Awards for Excellence in the Arts to ten Pennsylvanian artists.

A movie star and smart man who was a genuinely good guy: this was Jimmy Stewart of Hollywood and Indiana, PA.

As I look forward to this year's Governor's Arts Awards on September 28, right here in small-town Indiana, I like to think Pennsylvania taught the movies a little something about real glamor.

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Although he'd been honored many times during his career, Jimmy Stewart said the Pennsylvania Distinguished Artist Award "has special significance for me." (@1980, Indiana Evening Gazette) 


--Deborah Klenotic