Meeting: Jasper Community Arts

The Jasper Community Arts Commission met Tuesday and:

• Heard updates on several grants that the arts department has received recently. Friends of the Arts donated a $25,000 grant to the entity and also gave a separate, one-time donation of $10,000 to the community arts endowment at the Dubois County Community Foundation. The arts also received a $32,600.71 grant from the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. Total, the entity has been awarded about $85,000 in grant funding in the last few months.

• Heard that Broadway actress Mandy Gonzalez will perform a virtual performance on Saturday. Tickets for the performance are $15 for each access code and $35 for those viewing the stream in groups of three or more. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 482-3070. A full story about the event, which will include a duet between Mandy and a Jasper High School student, is planned for Friday’s paper.

• Heard that Addison Agen, NBC's "The Voice" season 13 first runner-up, will perform in person at the Jasper Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 23. A streaming option is also available.

• Approved a proposed date for Yogapalooza in 2021. That performance will be hosted in person on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. That show was originally supposed to be held this year but was postponed.

• Heard that new, in-person performances will not be scheduled during the month of November. That month, the arts staff will focus their energy on moving into the new Thyen-Clark Cultural Center.

• Approved moving forward with the purchase of six HP laptops and docking stations from Matrix Integration at a cost of $6,000.

• Approved Arts Director Kyle Rupert to attend the virtual Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference.

• Heard that a "major portion" of the project that will make live Jasper Arts Center shows streamable online is complete. Cables are being connected and cameras are in place.

• Heard that fiber artwork from Art Cloth Network will be on display in the Krempp Gallery until Oct. 30.

• Heard that department leadership is working with school principals and talking to agents about bringing virtual arts programming to area schools.

• Heard that Donna Schepers will teach a virtual cooking class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Register online at

• Heard that the grand opening of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center will be held in collaboration with the Jasper-Dubois County Public Library. A date was not announced, but the event will include an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony and a series of tours will be hosted.

• Heard that substantial completion of the new cultural center building is still set for Monday, Nov. 23.

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