Museums, art galleries, theaters, music venues and arts organizations in the Wabash Valley in March 2020 temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Area bars and nightclubs started scheduling live music and karaoke again by mid-June.
Some arts and music venues rescheduled spring events for late-summer and fall 2020. Other arts organizations chose to switch to outdoor venues or virtual presentations, as well as postpone some events until 2021 and 2022.
This Arts Roundup calendar will be updated as new information is received. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your submissions.
Feb. 13: Vigo County YMCA Heart Throb 5K, starts at 9 a.m., First Street between between Farrington and Eagle streets closed for race to begin and end at the YMCA, 951 Dresser Drive; to register and for more details call 812-232-8446 or visit https://heartthrob.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8552
Everyday: Always available outdoors to experience up close and in person are the 20 works of art in the Wabash Valley Art Spaces Sculpture Collection in Terre Haute. The walk/drive activity is a great opportunity for those ready to get out of the house after months of self-isolation. Visit https://wabashvalleyartspaces.com/collection for photos and information on the Sculpture Collection, as well as a link to a detailed Sculpture Collection Walk/Drive Tour Map.
• Wayne Newton American Legion Post 346, 1346 Wabash Ave., will feature Wagle's Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m. Offered every Thursday.
• Terre Haute Moose Lodge 1009 offers bingo on Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m.
• Wayne Newton American Legion Post 346, 1346 Wabash Ave., will feature Front Page Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m. Offered every Friday.
• Swope Art Museum exhibit "SIGNS | James Pearson" opened Jan. 22. Signs is a portfolio of 10 photographs taken in New York City of frayed and layered posters and billboards. The history of the fragmented images and words creates a new image, flattened by the media of black and white photography. Swope website always offers 360-degree tours of the museum's five galleries, and a YouTube video by The Haute. For more information visit www.swope.org or call 812-238-1676.
• Swope Art Museum exhibition Psychodiagnostik: The 100th Anniversary of the Rorschach Test opens Jan. 29. In 1921, Hermann Rorschach wrote his book Psychodiagnostik, containing the results of his studies on mental patients, and the 10 cards that became the foundation of the Rorschach test. While still a medical student, he wondered why different people saw different things in art, and began showing inkblots to children and analyzing their responses. View 10 selections from the Swope’s permanent collection. For more information visit www.swope.org or call 812-238-1676.
• The Sullivan Area Art Guild to host 6th annual “Fiber, Fabric, and Quilt Show” in February in the SAAG Gallery, 16 S. Court St. (west side of the square), Sullivan.
• Feb. 14 concert by singer-songwriter Daryl Mosley of Waverly, Tenn., concert, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, US 40 West, Brazil; seating adjusted for social distancing; free will offering; 812-446-2214.
• Arts Illiana Inc. at 23 N. Sixth St. in Terre Haute opened its annual “small art” exhibition with a Facebook Live event on Dec. 4. Gallery hours for “small art” will continue to be Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 19. Patrons also can visit the gallery on Saturdays by appointment only. Saturday appointments must be arranged through the gallery director by emailing email@example.com. Arts Illiana asks that those visiting the gallery wear face masks. For those who missed the Facebook Live opening event, the video will be available at artsilliana.com as well as a catalog of all the work included in the show. The links to both will be found on the Welcome Page menu. All work in the show is available for purchase.
• Community Theatre of Terre Haute 2021-2022 season, with performances beginning September. Productions include Little Women (musical), The Cemetery Club, Wait Until Dark, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shrek (musical), Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine (Theatre for Young Audiences), and The Goldman Project.
• ISU Performing Arts Series: The Passing Zone comedy, Sept. 20; Reza, Edge of Illusion, rock concert, Oct. 25; Christmas in Killarney, with Irish dance, Dec. 7.
• At Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: Oct. 10, The Oak Ridge Boys, Hatfield Hall; Dec. 8, Dailey & Vincent, Hatfield Hall.
2022 Live Events
• ISU Performing Arts Series: The Magic of Motown, Feb. 8; Broadway Tonite Live, March 15; and Flamenco, April 4. To purchase season tickets call at 877-ISU-TIXS, visit Hulman Center Ticket Office, or www.hulmancenter.org.
Several arts organizations and WFIU public radio are providing virtual access to their arts and entertainment offerings on websites, Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as meetings and webinars using the Zoom video conference app.
• Jan. 30, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will read from her book, “An American Sunrise,” during a special virtual event part of Eastern Illinois University Booth Library’s Big Read program, at EIU Charleston, Illinois. Harjo will present the program at 1 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. The program is free and open to the public (all that is needed to participate is access to a web browser; no special software is required). Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke/Creek, also will participate in a moderated Q+A discussion. More information and a link to participate is available at https://www.eiu.edu/booth/bigread/program.php.
• The Vigo County Public Library creates an Artist of the Month virtual gallery each month showcasing works by members of Wabash Valley Art Guild and River City Art Association on its Facebook page and YouTube channel. January artist Edith Acton is featured at https://youtu.be/WLq1wVR0Cgw
• Swope Art Hoppers annual Mardi Gras Party fundraising event will be virtual 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Filmed performances from Stage Flight Acts. Carry-out options from Terre Haute Brewing Company and Butler's Pantry. Visit BetterUnite.com/SwopeArtMuseum-MardiGras2021 for details on how to register, sponsor or donate, and the auction.
• Virtual presentation of Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra's annual holiday concert, Joyful Holidays, featuring soprano Cathy Berns Rund. For details, www.thso.org. Recording of Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra's May 16 "Music in Bloom" live-streamed concert available at www.thso.org The program featured 10 musicians performing solos and duets at Central Presbyterian Church.
• Arts Illiana Inc. at 23 N. Sixth St. in Terre Haute opened its annual “small art” exhibition with a Facebook Live event on Dec. 4. For those who missed the Facebook Live opening event, the video will be available at artsilliana.com as well as a catalog of all the work included in the show. The links to both will be found on the Welcome Page menu. Visit artsilliana.com or Arts Illiana Gallery Facebook page for its current issue of its Spectrum magazine.
• “Focus on Art Spaces," a virtual program features a tour of sculptures in the Art Spaces collection through the creative lens of Bloomington videographer John Timm. The Dec. 5 program previewed the latest on Art Spaces’ newest public art projects: Texas-based artist Brad Goldberg shares sketches of an engaging new work of art and water feature for Terre Haute’s central government plaza. Artist Matthew Mazzotta shares plans for the "Neighbors" project in Herz-Rose Park. Go to wabashvalleyartspaces.com and click on "Focus on Art Spaces."
• The Terre Haute Children’s Museum at 727 Wabash Ave. reopened June 18 with new programming, including Everyday Science Club, a virtual experience. For more information: thchildrensmuseum.com or 812-235-5548.
• The Eugene V. Debs Museum at 451 N. Eighth St. remains closed for improvements. The museum will reopen with dates and hours to be announced after renovations are completed. Upon reopening, small group tours will be offered by appointment only and masks will be required for staff and guests. Till then check out virtual programs including Debs Day which took place June 20. For more information: debsfoundation.org or 812-232-2163.
• Indiana Public Media in Bloomington podcast series, The Ernie Pyle Experiment! available at https://indianapublicmedia.org/erniepylepodcast and on iTunes. Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent, from Dana, Indiana, is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during World War II. The 13-episode podcast chronicles Pyle’s pre-war work as a travelling columnist for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper syndicate. The podcast was produced at WFIU on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington. Visit https://indianapublicmedia.org for details.
• Community Theatre of Terre Haute offers a web series at https://ctth.org/web-series-where-everyone-plays-a-part/.
• Indiana Arts Commission's "The Arts and Covid-19 Webinar Series" on Zoom. Visit www.in.gov/arts/3254.htm to view recordings of previous webinars.