BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center invites nominations from the public for the third-annual Community Arts Awards to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. This year’s event will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning. The event will be held on Friday, November 10 at the Ivy Tech Waldron, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets will be on sale in September.

Award categories are Arts in Business, Arts in Education, Arts Advocate, and Special Citation. The Arts in Business award will recognize a business for exemplary support of the arts. The Arts in Education Award recognize an educator, school corporation, PTO or other entity directly influencing and engaging students through visual, literary or performing arts. The Arts Advocate Award will recognize an individual who has provided service, leadership, and/or substantial support to the arts. The Special Citation Award will recognize any individual or organization deserving of recognition for their contribution to the arts.

Nominations can be made online at and the deadline is Wednesday, September 13. Questions about award nominations can be directed to the Ivy Tech Waldron at (812) 330-4400 or

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2016 were: Arts Advocate, Ted Jones, IU Jacobs School of Music former director of technical facilities; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Lee Williams, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival founder; Arts in Business, Monroe Convention Center Bloomington Indiana; Arts in Education, Rhino’s Youth Center; and Regional Arts Service, Lawrence County Art Association/The Wiley Art Gallery.

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2015 were: 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.

About Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center houses a unique blend of artists, performers, and educators. Visitors can take art classes, enjoy performances, or browse six gallery spaces. For more information, visit Art classes are offered through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning at or through Ivy Tech’s Associate of Fine Arts degree program.

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.