Ivy Indy Creatives: The Requiem Exit Show

“The Requiem Exit Show” at the end of the 2022 fall semester at Ivy Tech Indianapolis was the end of an era for the students in ARTS 250 Fine Arts Portfolio capstone class as they looked forward to the future.

“The show installation and the work were fabulous,” Stephanie Robertson, the fine arts program chair at Ivy Tech Indy, said. “The students were brilliant at pulling it all together.”

Every semester, exiting fine art students in ARTS 250 spend 10 to 12 weeks curating an “exit” exhibition in the Gallery at the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center. From the planning and development to coming up with the title, a marketing plan, and an installation plan, it is all on the soon-to-be art graduates to put together the show.

Robertson is the capstone class professor, and her goal with each exit show is to help introduce the student artists to the business side of being professional artists.

“These shows teach students basic business practices that they will need in the future. It is also a great way for them to see their work in a professional light, and to understand that they are part of a special group, creatives who can change the world,” Robertson said.

At the beginning of the course, each student brings 40 to 60 pieces of art to share with the class. It takes about two weeks for everyone in the class to work together and narrow each person’s work down to 10 or 12 pieces for the exhibition.

The following two weeks of the class are dedicated to drafting the individual artist statements, which describe what the artist makes and why they make it.

Then, they move on to choosing a name for the exhibit. “They are all aware of each other’s work, and what their own artwork is about, so the students work together to decide on the title of the show,” Robertson said.

After figuring out the title, the students worked on the marketing material. A big part of the marketing plan for the fall 2022 ARTS 250 students was utilizing social media platforms, such as Instagram.

The ARTS 250 class then learns how to present their artwork, install their art pieces, deinstall, label, and plan an art reception.

In the end, some students may even see a monetary reward for their art as several pieces usually sell, Robertson says, as the gallery does not take any commission and the buyers pay the students directly.

“In the past, most art schools/programs have not taught students how to sustain a career or even where to start,” Robertson said. “My goal since I became the program chair 15 years ago was to help them learn how to do some of these things that no one ever showed me, and I tell them all the time I want them to be better at all of it than I am.”

You can see the 9th Annual Student Juried Show beginning Friday, February 3, at the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center on the Ivy Tech Indy campus, where a reception and an award ceremony will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thereafter, the exhibit will be available to view during gallery hours from February 5 to March 3. The gallery is currently open on Monday and Tuesdays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you’re interested in viewing the exhibit outside of gallery hours, you can email Stephanie Robertson for an appointment at srobertson99@ivytech.edu.

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder of SAAB, inspires with powerful presentation at Ivy Tech Indianapolis ahead of MLK Day

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, the founder and CEO of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), gives a keynote address at Ivy Tech Community College – Indianapolis on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. Photo By: Justin Stephenson

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, the founder and CEO of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) and Brother 2 Brother (B2B), gave a powerful keynote presentation on Friday, Jan. 13, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, a day in which Ivy Tech Community College gives all its students, faculty, and staff the day off to honor his legacy and uphold his teachings.

SAAB and B2B is a national student organization designed to improve the educational experience for African American and Latino boys and men. The organization has a network of more than 250 chapters ranging from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

All of the members of Ivy Tech Indianapolis’ new B2B chapter were present for Dr. Bledsoe’s presentation. A presentation that was not only full of lessons and remarkable insights, but hope and laughter.

“When I was working on a doctorate, [my grandmother] thought I was going to be a physician. So I come home, and something would always be wrong with her,” Dr. Bledsoe said, laughing. “She said, one day, ‘baby, my neck hurts.’ And I said, ‘well, look, take some Robitussin. You’ll be fine, I promise you’ll be fine.”

“She never knew the difference,” Dr. Bledsoe continued, “And I didn’t even bother to explain because she was just proud.”

“Context always informs the content.”

— Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe

Click here to watch the recording of Dr. Bledsoe’s MLK Day Presentation

Dr. Bledsoe grew up in Grenada, Mississippi, where, when he was just 7 years old, a team of parents, grandparents, and Civil Rights leaders gathered and sheltered him, his twin brother, and several of his childhood friends as they walked to their new integrated school.

Dr. Bledsoe shared a photograph of that harrowing day during his presentation, in which Dr. King was photographed as one of the adults escorting the kids to school.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is photographed escorting a group of Black children to their newly desegregated school in Grenada, Mississippi, in 1966. Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe is one of the kids who were escorted to school that day. Photo Provided.

“This will be the first day that these Black kids would go to school and sit in the classroom with white kids. And the KKK said, ‘over our dead body,’ and a threat was levied on Black kids as we showed up at the school: ‘You will be killed.’”

Dr. Bledsoe shared that he did not talk about this moment in history for a long time.

“Fear was the emotion I most identified with,” Dr. Bledsoe said. “Can you imagine a (7) year old trying to figure out what you’re protecting him from? Can you imagine the power of this moment?”

Although he directly correlated that historical moment with the emotion of fear in his mind for years, Dr. Bledsoe said he eventually discovered the hope that can derive from fear if you let it.

Dr. King, his parents, and his grandparents shielded and escorted him and his peers into that school so they could obtain an education and reach heights that they could only dream of for their children. This moment, although fearful, should be a moment of pride.

So, if Dr. Bledsoe’s grandmother thinks he achieved his doctorate in medicine and not philosophy — so be it.

Ultimately, Dr. Bledsoe forced us all to hold a mirror up to ourselves and our work — what purpose are you serving? Are you serving your soul or your ego?

Dr. Bledsoe was a breadth of knowledge. He talked about his time growing up in Mississippi, attending the same church as Dr. King, the many celebrities, scholars, and civil rights activists he knows, his time working in higher education, and the National SAAB Conference.

All in all, the underlying premise of Dr. Bledsoe’s keynote continuously circled back and reflected on two quotes he shared at the beginning of his MLK Day Keynote.

The first: “Context always informs the content.”

And the second is a quote he remembers from a conversation he once had with the legendary Maya Angelou: “Do work that feeds your soul, not your ego.”

You can watch Dr. Bledsoe’s full MLK Day presentation by clicking on this link.

Ivy Tech Indianapolis’ chapter of B2B will join the March 2023 National SAAB Conference “Discovering New Visions” alongside Chancellor Esters. Stay tuned for how the trip goes!

JPMorgan Chase, Circle City Broadcasting, Ivy Tech Indianapolis, and DuJuan and Tina McCoy Foundation Create Multicultural Media Producing Program Cohort

DuJuan McCoy, Owner, President, and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting (parent company of WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23) today announced that JPMorgan Chase, Circle City Broadcasting, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, and the DuJuan and Tina McCoy Foundation are partnering to launch a one-year program for news and media producers.
Funded through generous donations, the Multicultural Media Producing Program (MMPP) will train news and media producers. Students completing the training will earn Ivy Tech’s Certificate in Professional and Community Communication.
The MMPP will be open to all students of all backgrounds. with an emphasis on ensuring multicultural diversity and accessibility for underserved individuals. Beginning in January 2023, the first cohort of students will be selected as the program’s inaugural class, and the second group will follow in the fall of 2023. The DuJuan and Tina McCoy Foundation will provide annual scholarships to selected individuals of MMPP based on need and a one-page essay on why they would like to enter the program. 
Students will be part of a program that provides the academic curriculum and wrap-around support and hands-on practical experiences in partnership with Circle City Broadcasting at the Circle City Broadcasting headquarters in Indianapolis, where the company produces more than 80 hours of live news and programming weekly.

JPMorgan Chase 
JPMorgan Chase’s $150,000 philanthropic investment into the Multicultural Media Producing Program will help create pathways for work-based learning opportunities for high school and community college students.
“Diversity in the workforce creates a competitive advantage – and is especially impactful in media organizations where a broad range of ideas and perspectives strengthens our culture,” said Christina Moungey, Indiana & Ohio Region Manager for JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. “This investment to create the Multicultural Media Producing Program supports organizations that provide young leaders with a pathway toward a successful career, and is an example of how our firm’s $30 billion racial equity commitment to help close the racial wealth gap touches down in Indianapolis.”

Circle City Broadcasting 
The Circle City Broadcasting news leadership team will become guest instructors for the program as well as offer regular practical application to the program via its Statewide News Network facilities located in Indianapolis, Indiana at stations WISH-TV and WNDY-TV. MMPP will primarily focus on newscast producing but offer additional guidance and instruction in producing specials and TV show production.

“I have been working on this initiative for a few years, and I am so happy to find collaborative partners like Ivy Tech Indianapolis and JPMorgan Chase to support this needed industry program,” McCoy said. “We believe this program can grow to be one of the most effective means to introduce more diverse individuals into the leadership ranks in newsrooms across America as well as become a sustainable program to create a pipeline of qualified news producers for broadcasters and media companies across the country.” 

Ivy Tech Indianapolis
The MMPP will be offered at the Ivy Tech Indianapolis campus and anchored by long-time professional communications professor and former broadcaster Charles Gidney. Gidney serves as the Department Chair for Communication and Social Sciences for Ivy Tech Indianapolis.

“Ivy Tech Indianapolis is thrilled and committed to making the MMPP a huge success,” Dr. Lorenzo Esters, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Indianapolis, said. “We are pleased to partner with Circle City Broadcasting and JPMorgan Chase as together we seek to prepare individuals for careers as producers in the media business in our region, state, and nation. This is one additional way that Ivy Tech Indianapolis seeks to be responsive to the needs of our diverse communities.”

Get enrollment assistance for classes starting this month at Ivy Tech Community College

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