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The Art of the Matter - History with a Soundtrack, Following the Light, and Dreams of Flight

Okara Imani and Sammie Brown were interns this summer for the Harrison Center for the Arts. Their job? To create a Hamilton style musical that could be used by tour groups visiting historic Indianapolis locations. The Indianapolis Foundation is celebrating a century of investment in the central Indiana community, and Sharon Gamble invited Vice President for Development and Philanthropic Services Rob MacPherson in to share the highlights of their plans. Flight of Fancy is a group show featuring artists who explore subconscious thoughts, dreamlike scenes, and surreal visions at Indiana Landmarks Center's Rapp Family Gallery which opens in October. Travis DiNicola couldn't wait to find out about it and invited artists Brinton Farrand and Wazeil in to learn more.

The Art of the Matter - History with a Soundtrack, Following the Light, and Dreams of Flight

The Art of the Matter - Hoop Skirts, Vonnegut Fringe, and Carmel Flavored Bands

On the eastern edge of Indianapolis, the town of Cumberland is home to a vibrant annual arts festival called Cumberland Arts Goes to Market. Sharon Gamble invited festival organization Thomas Wyatt Watkins to tell us about the 8th annual event's offerings. The IndyFringe starts next week with over 50 shows in 7 venues during 11 days with 384 performances in downtown Indy. One of those shows is based on a book by Kurt Vonnegut called, "God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian." Travis DiNicola spoke with the creators of the show Jeffery Martin and Michael Hosp. The City of Carmel is taking advantage of its abundant outdoor performance spaces by staging its second annual Celebration of Bands, and two-day, free, family friendly feast of band music from Mozart to Dixieland. Sharon Gamble invited Indiana Wind Symphony Music Director Charlie Conrad and saxophonist Jeff Goens in to learn about the Celebration.

The Art of the Matter - Hoop Skirts, Vonnegut Fringe, and Carmel Flavored Bands

The Art of the Matter - A Cheese Lady at the Fair, Designers in Columbus, and Attucks on Film

Sarah The Cheese Lady used to have a different last name. That was before she discovered her unusual calling — crafting sculptures out of enormous blocks of cheese. Sharon just had to find out more ahead of Sarah's appearance at this year's Indiana State Fair. A newly formed advocacy and action group called Landmark Columbus, led by Richard McCoy, has announced plans for Exhibit Columbus a biannual design exhibition to start in fall 2017. "Attucks: The School That Opened a City" is a new documentary project of WFYI Public Media, Ted Green Films, and Heartland Film. Sharon Gamble invited producer-director Ted Green and composer-performer Tyron Cooper to tell her to talk about this film that captures the heart and pride of not only a high school but also its wider community.

The Art of the Matter - A Cheese Lady at the Fair, Designers in Columbus, and Attucks on Film

The Art of the Matter - Mobile Photos, Artrageous Nate, and Mostly Lost Film

Rad Drew and Freddie Kelvin are two of the judges for Indianapolis' third annual JCC International Mobile Phone Photography Exhibition. Sharon Gamble invited them to tell us about how the contest and exhibition have grown. A few years ago Travis DiNicola interviewed art teach Nathan Heck about a new video series he was creating to get kids excited about art history, and art making. The show, Artrageous with Nate just won its second Emmy, is now partnering with PBS Digital Studios. Earlier this summer, film preservationist Eric Grayson gave a talk at the Mostly Lost gathering of film historians and other enthusiasts at the Library of Congress. Sharon Gamble invited him to tell us some of the highlights of his talk.

The Art of the Matter - Mobile Photos, Artrageous Nate, and Mostly Lost Film

The Art of the Matter - A Creative Chamber, Winter in Summer, and a Poet's Prose

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is exploring the roaring '20s, Christoper O'Riley, and contemporary composers — and that's just this fall! Sharon Gamble invited the ICO's Music Director Mathew Kraemer and executive director Elaine Eckart to tell her about the start to the orchestra's season and a special contemporary music festival this fall. Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre, or HART, is producing The Winter's Tale for their annual free Shakespeare in the Park – the White River Park, that is. Travis DiNicola spoke with actors Ryan Artzberger and Rob Johansen, and Director Robert Neal about the show. Writer Chris Forhan is primarily a poet, but a couple of years ago one of his poems made him realize that he needed to write prose to help him untangle a mystery at the center of his family life — the suicide of his father when Chris was just 14. My Father Before Me is the resulting memoir, and Sharon Gamble invited Chris to read from and talk about the process of documenting the dynamics of his family.

The Art of the Matter - A Creative Chamber, Winter in Summer, and a Poet's Prose

The Art of the Matter - Author Susan Neville, Shrek on Summer Stage, and At the Cabaret

Award winning author Susan Neville is known for her creative non-fiction as well as her short stories. Travis DiNicola recently sat down with her to chat about her work. Housed at Park Tudor School, Summer Stock Stage brings together musical theatre students from all around central Indiana to collaborate with adult theatre professionals in two summer productions each year. Sharon Gamble invited artistic director and founder Emily Ristine Holloway and John Collins, star of Shrek the Musical to tell her about why Summer Stock Stage exists. The Cabaret at the Columbia Club continues to bring some of the top cabaret, jazz, and musical theatre stars to its intimate venue downtown. Travis DiNicola spoke with the Cabaret's director, Shannon Forsell, about their upcoming season.

The Art of the Matter - Author Susan Neville, Shrek on Summer Stage, and At the Cabaret

The Art of the Matter - Mark Zelonis from the IMA, Food First Documentary, and 200 Years o...

For nearly two decades Mark Zelonis served as the Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental and Historic Preservation for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Mark has recently retired from that position, and Sharon Gamble invited him in to learn what he's most proud of and what his next chapter is. Travis DiNicola spoke with filmmaker Hanna Myers Lindgren about the new feature documentary "Food First", that looks at how the nationwide food movement is impacting Indianapolis. 19 Stars of Indiana Art is the Indianapolis Museum of Art's tribute to our Bicentennial. The exhibit will take visitors through 200 years of our state's visual art and present the accomplishments of 19 artists who were born in Indiana, such as T.C. Steele, Robert Indiana, Michael Graves and Bill Blass, along with many other artists who were raised or worked in Indiana.

The Art of the Matter - Mark Zelonis from the IMA, Food First Documentary, and 200 Years o...

The Art of the Matter - A Listening Room in Carmel, German Artist at the Athenaeum, & Land...

The Warehouse in Carmel has become known as a small "listening room" that features some pretty big names in the music industry, including Josh Kaufman, Judy Collins, Joan Osborne, Leon Russell, and many more. Travis DiNicola spoke with Heather Ramsey Clark to find out how she is bringing such big names to this intimate venue. For "You Have Ten Minutes," visual artist Katherine Hilden's new exhibition of prints at the Athenaeum in July, she drew on a remarkable chapter of history and her own German heritage. Here's Katherine's conversation with Sharon Gamble. Landscape painter Nancy Maxwell has a show of her work at the Speedway Center for the Arts in July. The show, called "Nostalgic Impressions" is her first solo show in the Indianapolis area, though she has been promoting other artists for quite a while as Travis DiNicola found out.

The Art of the Matter - A Listening Room in Carmel, German Artist at the Athenaeum, & Land...

The Art of the Matter - Indiana Essays, Vonnegut on the Move, and Billy Elliot Dances

Douglas Wissing writes essays about what makes Hoosiers special, and now his distinctive pieces have been collected in IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State. Sharon Gamble invited Douglas to our studios to hear about how he got interested in a wide range of topics including Bedford Limestone, modernist architecture, and a world-renowned cheese artisan. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library has some big plans, including a new building on Mass. Ave. Travis DiNicola spoke with the Library's Chief Operating Officer Matthew Altizer about everything Vonnegut. Billy Elliot loves to dance, but he's surrounded by people who think he should take up a more traditional form of exercise. Billy's journey makes for a poignant and joyful musical, and local nonprofit theatre BobDirex is taking us on that trip over the next three weekends. Sharon Gamble invited director and producer Bob Harbin in to talk about Billy Elliot.

The Art of the Matter - Indiana Essays, Vonnegut on the Move, and Billy Elliot Dances

The Art of the Matter - Art in Trees, 20 Years at the IRT, and Best of the Midwest

Primary Colours annual Installation Nation show is back at the Indianapolis Art Center ArtsPark this year, filling the grounds, and trees, with temporary outdoor installations. Travis DiNicola spoke with co-chairs Sarah Brodbeck and Megan Reinhardt. The Indiana Repertory Theatre's Janet Allen is celebrating 20 years at the IRT. Sharon Gamble invited Janet to tell us how she landed in Indy and how she keeps her vision fresh. Last week the Indianapolis Art Center's biennial Art from the Heartland exhibition opened, featuring work from contemporary Midwest artists. Travis DiNicola spoke with the Art Center's director of exhibitions Kyle Harrington and art consultant Mindy Taylor Ross.

The Art of the Matter - Art in Trees, 20 Years at the IRT, and Best of the Midwest

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