Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a Community Arts Awards reception and fundraiser on Saturday, March 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Community Arts Award recipients will receive their awards, and guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment and live art creation, with opportunities to bid on visual art created by local artists.

“The arts in Bloomington contribute to our quality of life, as well as our economic health, to the tune of $72.3 million,” said Paul Daily, Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Ivy Tech Waldron Artistic Director. “We’re excited to host an entertaining awards celebration at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center to celebrate arts advocates and to advance the arts in our community.”

Categories and recipients of Community Arts Awards 2015 are as follows: Arts Advocate, Jim Manion, WFHB; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Jane C. Otten, owner, Pygmalion’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2007; Arts in Business, BLOOM Magazine; and Arts in Education, Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman, The Project School.

Entertainment at the awards reception will be provided by emcees Paul Daily, and John Whikehart, Chancellor Emeritus, who will reprise their roles from the fall 2014 performance of “Mass Appeal.”

Additional entertainment will include a performance by David Chervony, circus artist and actor based in New Orleans, La. Chervony is a native of Chicago, Ill. and is an Indiana University graduate who also performed in Ivy Tech Student Productions at the Ivy Tech Waldron. Chervony can be seen in recent TurboTax TV spot, “Taxes Done Right: 2015 Mardi Gras Statues” (http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7F_O/turbotax-taxes-done-right-2015-mardi-gras-statues).

The event is planned in celebration of the John Waldron Arts Center’s 2015 building centennial. Proceeds will benefit arts instruction and youth arts scholarships at Ivy Tech-Bloomington.

There is no cost to attend Community Arts Awards 2015, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling (812) 330-6235 or emailing lpurcell3@ivytech.edu by Friday, February 27. Space is limited.

More information about the event and award winners at www.ivytech.edu/waldron.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8. Region 8 includes Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties. For IAC region 8 news, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.