Start with Art

Start with Art 2014


presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis

Sponsored by Schahet Hotels

August 29, 2014 11:30am-1:30pm
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Join central Indiana's arts organizations, business leaders, and community leaders for the 28th annual Start with Art celebration presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Presented with the additional support of Start with Art Corporate Chairs Jeff & Heather Smulyan, Yvonne Shaheen, and our other generous sponsors.

Registration opens at 11 am

Program begins promptly at 11:30 am

Friday, August 29th, 2014
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Indianapolis is increasingly on the national radar and a frequent name on top ten lists for everything that is great about America’s best cities. The arts are an integral part of the growth and success of our city. How can we continue this momentum, and how do we ensure the arts play an even bigger role in making Indianapolis greater? Join us for the 28th annual Start with Art luncheon to explore these notions and celebrate the arts in our community.

Kick-off the fall arts season with Honorary Corporate Chairs Jeff & Heather Smulyan, incredible musical performances; and a thought-provoking keynote presentation by David A. Rubin, landscape architect with LAND COLLECTIVE, and visionary public space creator. Start with Art will also include the announcement of the 2014 ARTI Awards to deserving businesses, organizations, and individuals honoring outstanding achievement in support of the arts.

David A. RubinFresh off the success of The Commonground project at Eskenazi Health, keynote speaker and landscape architect David A. Rubin will provide a thought-provoking and engaging presentation on creating dynamic urban spaces. David A. Rubin is the founding principal of LAND COLLECTIVE, a landscape architecture and urban design studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. Indianapolis has been fortunate to know Rubin through his work at Eskenazi Heath and the announcement of his work with Westfield, Indiana’s Grand Junction Park.

Rubin was educated at Connecticut College and Harvard University and has taught and lectured at a number of institutions, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Among countless awards, he has been named one of Dell’s #Inspire 100, acknowledging “100 influencers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education, and media who use technology to empower and inspire others.”

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                      2013 Start With Art          


Presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis

Sponsored by Schahet Hotels

Thank you to everyone that attended this year’s celebration and helped to make it our most successful year yet!

Friday, August 23, 2013 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

There was much to celebrate about the arts in Indianapolis this year at Start with Art. Exploring the theme Connecticity, we learned about the importance, as a city, to come together in community partnerships, to connect, share, and celebrate together all that happens in Greater Indianapolis.

Opening remarks were made by Mrs. Winnie Ballard on the importance of the arts to Indianapolis. “We live in a city built around art,” she had said, referencing Monument Circle. 

Honorary Corporate Chair, Ersal Ozdemir, President and CEO of Keystone Construction Corporation, spoke on the development of downtown and the part the arts play in the growth and success of a major metropolitan area. 

President and CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Dave Lawrence, introduced several new initiatives: 
Power2give  – An online cultural marketplace where donors looking to support the arts are able find various projects from a variety of organizations in need of funding.

Indy Arts Guide - The city’s most comprehensive online calendar to the arts. The Indy Arts Guide offers the largest database of arts organizations in the city, featuring events, festivals, classes, workshops, fundraisers, jobs, auditions, venues, and public art.

Indy Arts Guide App – A mobile-friendly app that will allow people to access arts and cultural information from wherever they are.

Keynote speaker, Jono Bacon, entertained the crowd with an energized presentation on his personal experience using community to promote his business. He emphasized “the value of many above the singular,” and stressed that “when you unite people for a cause, anything can happen.” 

Learn more about Jono here...

The Corporate Business Award: The Buckingham Companies 

The Small Business Award: Sun King Brewing Company 

The Arts Educator Award: Sandy Reiberg

The ARTful Impact Award: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 

The Volunteer/Patron Award: Patricia Garrett Rooney

Opening musical performance by Indy Jazz Band 

Lunchtime performance by Time for Three 




The 2012 theme for Start with Art was Art for Good, and highlighted the power of the arts as a catalyst for positive change in our city. Start with Art 2012 featured dynamic, keynote speaker, Rha Goddess, founder and CEO of Move the Crowd.

View the Start with Art 2012 Video on Vimeo, with photos from the event below: