Arts Journalism Fellowship Program


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 2015 10 23 13.05.27Arts Journalism Fellows: Front Row: Alison Graham, Marah Harbison, Gabrielle McLemore. Back row: Jorge Dorantes,
Wei Chen/IndyStar Arts Reporter, Tyler Dague

The Arts Council recognizes that a vibrant artistic community is built on deep engagement of audiences and patrons for artists and arts programs. As part of its mission, the Arts Council endeavors to ensure that central Indiana residents are well informed about and have meaningful engagement in local arts programs, which includes advancing local arts journalism that builds audiences and fosters critical thinking.

In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supported that effort by funding a new program, the Indianapolis Arts Journalism & Audience Development Project. The program is a partnership with central Indiana university journalism schools and our media partner IndyStar to create a quarterly arts insert as well as ongoing additional arts coverage online and in print. Arts Journalism Fellows will receive in-depth engagement on a career in arts journalism as facilitated by IndyStar as well as the arts community in Indianapolis as facilitated by staff of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellowship Program awarded five (5) $2,000 fellowships to qualified and talented journalism students to research and write engaging articles on artists and arts organizations in music, dance, theatre, literature, media, and/or the visual arts. The fellowship program seeks to introduce and provide students with connections, and to build relationships with professional journalists and artists in central Indiana.

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2015 Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellows & IndyStar Correspondents

Tyler Dague is a 2015 graduate of Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a cognate in arts journalism. He was a writer and associate editor with the Andersonian, Anderson University’s student newspaper, before becoming editor-in-chief in January 2014. His most recent internship was with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, communicating directly with the public at each of their summer concert series. During his time with the Andersonian, he received several awards from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association including Best Entertainment Feature. Dague is originally from St. Clairsville, Ohio.
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Jorge Dorantes is a digital media freelancer with eight years of experience in the fields of design, photography, and video production. Raised primarily in northern Indiana and a resident of Indianapolis since 2010, Dorantes has worked in a variety of roles with several Indianapolis nonprofits, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He is currently a student at IUPUI working toward completing a dual degree with majors in journalism and visual media. Dorantes is on track to graduate with his degrees in the fall.
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Alison Graham is a junior at Indiana University studying journalism with a minor in international studies. She has worked for the Indiana Daily Student as an arts beat reporter, section editor, and managing editor. She traveled to Vienna, Austria to work for the International Press Institute and was an intern at the Hendricks County Flyer this past summer. Graham is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Marah Harbison recently graduated from Indiana University where she studied journalism and arts management. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Harbison has been passionate about writing and the arts since a young age. She was an Indiana University Founders Scholar, and in 2014, she was awarded the Patricia Beach Smith scholarship for journalism students interested in arts. Harbison has been a competitive Irish dancer since the age of six, competing at the world championships and touring Ireland with a professional show. She has recently been appointed Assistant Director and Print Manager for Indiana University's Office of Admissions.
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Gabby McLemore is a junior at Indiana University majoring in journalism and education while minoring in communications and culture and telecommunications. McLemore is a native of Columbus, Indiana where she was heavily involved in the journalism department at Columbus North High School while also playing on the school's volleyball team and performing in the drama department. McLemore recently completed an internship with the Senate Communications office at The Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis and hopes to pursue a career in journalism upon graduation in 2017.
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The Arts Council of Indianapolis is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We believe in a full creative life for all.

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Indiana Arts Commission
Clowes Charitable Foundation