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Governor's Arts Awards announced

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The Indiana Arts Commission announces the latest round of Governor's Arts Awards...

The 2009 recipients of the Indiana Governor's Arts Awards are:

Angela Brown, Indianapolis, IN

Miss Brown's 2004 Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Aida garnered instant attention from national and international print and broadcast media and catapulted her on to the world's prestigious opera and symphonic stages. This award winning performing and recording artist is also a trail blazer on a mission to bring operatic and classical vocal performance to the masses through her unique recital program, "Opera from a Sistah's Point of View." Her aw-inspiring performance and zany opera plot descriptions resonate with a wide range of audiences and create a fresh awareness of the social and geographic diversity portrayed in this art form.

Ball Brothers Foundation, & the George and Frances Ball Foundation, Muncie, IN

For decades these foundations have founded, funded and provided leadership and vision for countless cultural organizations and events throughout Indiana. The Ball Families recognized in the 1920s and 30s that the arts were a positive recruitment and retention tool for employees. Museums, libraries, orchestras and theaters owe their very existence to these two east central Indiana foundations.

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Since first focusing the world's cultural spotlight on Indiana in 1982, the quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) has become one of the most acclaimed music competitions in the world today. Founded by the legendary Josef Gingold, "The Indianapolis" attracts violinists, ages 16-29, from around the globe to vie for one of the industry's most coveted prize packages, including the launch of an international concert career and use of the Gingold Stradivarius. Annually, the Competition produces concerts and education programs for Hoosiers throughout the state.

Sweetwater Sound, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN

The nation's third largest retailer of music technology and instruments is a supporter of numerous music and education related activities. In addition to supporting many music and arts non-profits in Fort Wayne through donations and sponsorships, Sweetwater opened its Academy of Music in 2008, complete with a 10-member teaching staff and state-of-the-art equipment. Today enrollment exceeds 100 students.

Vectren Corporation, Evansville, IN

In addition to financial support for arts organizations in the communities served by this energy-producing corporation, Vectren also encourages their employees to contribute time and talent through leadership and volunteerism. The Vectren Foundation supports school corporations in their efforts to enhance students' lives through art. Their commitment to the arts encourages others to follow their lead.

"These recipients have demonstrated a commitment to their field, their communities, and to building a stronger Indiana by their investment of time, talent, and leadership in the arts," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC executive director.

The five recipients will be honored during a special performance ceremony September 25, 2009 at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie.

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.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.

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