Meeting: Jasper Community Arts

The Jasper Community Arts Commission met Tuesday and:

• Heard that Arts Director Kyle Rupert has been reaching out to agents and artists regarding their fall performances. Plans and procedures are being developed to safely host live shows and gallery exhibits, in accordance with health guidelines. Those plans will be fleshed out and distributed to commission members in the near future.

• Heard that leadership is putting the final touches on the department’s 2021 budget proposal.

• Approved the seeking of quotes for replacement banners, which will be hung on poles near the Jasper Arts Center. The banners will promote the arts center.

• Heard that the department was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission as part of that organization’s relief funding. Also heard that later this month, the department will learn if it will receive a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment For the Arts.

• Heard that Actors Community Theatre’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” will run at the Jasper Arts Center July 23-25. It will no longer be a dinner theater. Health guidelines will be followed at those performances.

• Heard that work addressing a drainage issue on the side of the Jasper Arts Center is complete. The area has been seeded.

• Heard that the work of printmaker Brett Anderson, whose work was set to be exhibited in the Krempp Gallery in June, will instead be displayed in the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center in May of 2021. The next artists to set up in the Krempp Gallery space at the Jasper Arts Center will be the Dubois County Art Guild, whose work will be displayed throughout July.

• Heard that the department’s virtual summer ARTventures programs have begun.

• Heard that the city’s Chalk Walk is going well. A total of 119 entries were received for the virtual event. Facebook voting ends on Friday at 10 p.m., and winners will be announced on Saturday. Votes can be cast on the Jasper Community Arts page.

• Approved basic guidelines for public art in the city. A full story is planned for Thursday’s paper.

• Heard the details of a wooden donor wall that will be part of the new cultural center. Names will be displayed on what look like books on a bookshelf. It will be located in the building’s atrium.

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