Indiana University South Bend to Host the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards

Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) have announced the selection of Indiana University South Bend as host of the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards.

“We are happy to present the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards program in South Bend,” Daniels said. “It has been a pleasure to share the excitement of Indiana’s highest honor in the arts with communities around our great state.” 

The 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards program will mark the third time the event has been hosted outside the city of Indianapolis. In 2007, the program was held in Bloomington and the 2009 awards show took place in Muncie.

“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 IU South Bend Chancellor Una Mae Reck. “The 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.”

Representatives from the university and Visitors and Convention Bureau made a formal presentation during a December 9th joint meeting of the IAC’s Advocacy and Awareness Committee and the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards Planning Committee.

“It will be a privilege to host this illustrious event while showing off our community and the wonderful assets of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend,” said Prof. Marvin Curtis, Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. “The spotlight promises to shine brightly on South Bend that evening.”

The 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards program will be presented next fall and is jointly promoted by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels.

“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,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “The committee members were very impressed by their presentation. We are confident the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards will be a great success.”

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. 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, Governor Daniels presented awards 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.