Pharos-Tribune

Local News

January 14, 2013

Arts Alliance sets stage for 2013

Cass County Arts Alliance met Saturday to hash out the details of 2013, a year that will bring new events along with old favorites, complete with strategies to accomplish it all.

CCAA is made up of local organizations advocating for arts-related events and education in the area. It partners with organizations like Civic Players of Logansport and Performing Arts Council.

Recurring events that CCAA helps organize include Artrageous, Jazz Fest and Art on the Avenue.

Artrageous, which consists of a dinner and art auction featuring the work of local artists, is slated for early March.

Artrageous saw an increase in income of over $3,000, mostly from a boom in art sales and corporate sponsorship, according to the profit and loss previous year comparison report complied by CCAA Treasurer Jon-Myckle Price.

Jazz Fest is set for June 8. CCAA member David Herman, who is helping spearhead the festival, said he was still seeking acts to book.

Art on the Avenue, which showcases various musical acts, is expected to return in September. At the meeting, Price noted a slight drop in attendance for this event compared to the previous year, something CCAA hopes to improve through increased marketing.

While CCAA engages in contemporary marketing through social networks like Facebook, members also seemed to place equal importance on their newsletter, which provides a listing of events produced by organizations within the Alliance along with its partners. The newsletter’s circulation is currently at around 1,000. CCAA Co-President Angie Minglin said she hopes to raise that number to 1,200 for 2013.

Another strategy discussed at the meeting was increasing the amount of free tickets for performances to be given away on area radio stations. While giving away tickets does nothing to directly increase funds brought in for theater and concert performances, members reasoned that any increase in attendance would likely have a positive impact in the future.

“If we do our job, they will buy tickets in the future,” said CCAA Co-President Sheila Wildermuth.

Another way CCAA plans on keeping arts alive in the area is by increasing awareness among the county’s youth.

“My interpretation of advocacy is education,” Wildermuth said.

Wildermuth went on to talk about two summer theater workshops in the area last year, saying that both could have been better attended.

She may get her wish, as one area in which arts education in the county seems to have gotten a boost is from an educational arts program set to be available for local elementary school students in the fall of 2013. David Herman, who also serves as the Alliance’s Tippecanoe Arts Federation representative said a program like this used to exist in the past, but hasn’t been possible for years. While a specific program hasn’t been chosen yet, he said it would be performance-based, involving elements like music, acting and workshops led by performers from all over the country. The program is made possible by the Performing Arts Council, which donates money to the Cass County Community Foundation, the interest of which accumulates and is able to fund this and other events.

“When funding gets cut in schools, the arts are the first thing to go,” Herman said. “We’re excited about being able to do arts in the school corporation again.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Cass Co. jobless rate falls again Cass County unemployment fell once again to 5.6 percent, state workforce data indicates, mirroring state trends of a growing workforce and what one economist suggests is growth in full-time jobs. State unemployment data released this week indicates t

    August 22, 2014

  • Police blotter: Aug. 22 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 22, 2014

  • 5-year-old boy's bathtub death under investigation MONTICELLO (AP) — State police say an investigation is underway into the death of a 5-year-old northern Indiana boy who reportedly was found not breathing in a bathtub. Sgt. Kim Riley says Ian Davidson died Thursday at an Indianapolis hospital, where

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS-PT082114 WWII Ship 2.jpg Return voyage: Logansport veteran to crew WWII ship A Logansport man and U.S. Navy veteran is getting a chance to sail on a military vessel again.Starting at the end of this month, Rex Mitchell Ashby will spend about three weeks working in the engine room of LST-325, the last fully operational World W

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • AP for free? Yes — for low incomes The U.S. Department of Education awarded $28.4 million dollars Aug. 12 to schools across the nation for Advanced Placement test costs for low-income students.Indiana received just under $500,000 from the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program. That amou

    August 22, 2014

  • Round Barn Festival canceled ROCHESTER — A 44-year-long festival will end its run in downtown Rochester indefinitely, according to the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Diane Spore and the chamber of commerce’s board of directors met Wednesday to discuss and

    August 22, 2014

  • Twelve Mile farming contractor files counter-suit TWELVE MILE — A local farming contractor has filed a counter-suit against a farming company that accused him of defrauding them of millions of dollars over the course of several crop seasons.A lawyer for Chad Rudicel, the Twelve Mile contractor named

    August 22, 2014

  • Police Blotter: Aug. 21, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 21, 2014

  • Firefighters investigate smoke downtown Firefighters investigate smoke smell downtown

    Firefighters with the Logansport Fire Department responded to a call of a smell of smoke in a downtown office building.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT082114 Opera House Now.jpg Dreaming the old dreams over DELPHI — “To dream the old dreams over is a luxury divine.”That line from the late local poet James Whitcomb Riley was mentioned several times Wednesday at a celebration in Delphi. Those who quoted the line said it was a fitting description for one o

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Does Indiana need a statewide water management plan and an administrator to implement it?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
eEdition