BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host the 2017 Community Arts Awards on Friday, November 10 to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. The event will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St., and tickets can be purchased at the BCT box office.

Categories and recipients of Community Arts Awards are as follows: Arts Advocate, Audrey Heller; Arts in Business, The Vault at Gallery Mortgage; Arts in Education, Diane Davis-Deckard; Regional Arts Service, Kathy Thompson; and Special Citation/Lifetime Achievement, Peter Jacobi.

Winners were juried by an independent community group, including artists, administrators, and long-time residents and supporters of the arts.

Audrey Heller (Winner: Arts Advocate)
Heller is clinical assistant professor emerita at Indiana University in the department of speech and hearing sciences. She has been involved with Puck Players Puppet Theatre, Diversity Theatre, The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, and the MOSAIC Film Festival (an extension of Diversity Theatre).

The Vault at Gallery Mortgage (Winner: Arts in Business)
Gallery Mortgage supplies a gallery space for professional artists to show their work. The proceeds from the gallery go to the artist or local charitable organizations.

Diane Davis-Deckard (Winner: Arts in Education)
Davis-Deckard has worked as an art teacher at Bloomington High School North for 25 years. She has taught at many other schools in Bloomington, Martinsville, and Owen County.

Kathy Thompson (Winner: Regional Arts Service)
Thompson is founder and artistic director at Kat’s Performing Arts Studio in Bedford, Indiana.

Peter Jacobi (Winner: Special Citation/Lifetime Achievement)
Jacobi is professor emeritus at the Indiana University School of Journalism, former member and chair of the Indiana Arts Commission, and columnist and music critic for The Herald-Times.

The 2017 Community Arts Awards ceremony will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Entertainment will include a performance by jazz musician Monika Herzig and engaging demonstrations from Center for Lifelong Learning instructors. Instructors will perform magic, demonstrate guitar swirl-painting, and host a Q&A about backyard chickens with live chickens. A beer and wine bar and culinary treats will be available.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at

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.