March 6 — "Mind the Gap" at the Harrison Center's First Friday

The Harrison Center brings together entrepreneurial artists and educators in the new exhibit, Mind the Gap. This group show creates a public conversation relating to the education achievement gap

When: Friday, March 6, 6 to 10pm

Where: Harrison Center for the Arts 1505 N. Delaware Street Indianapolis, IN 46202

Admission Free

"Mind the Gap" includes the work of Herron School of Art's faculty members Anila Agha, Flounder Lee, Jennie Mynhier and Lesley Baker and the Harrison Center’s Artur Silva. Just as the educational issues surrounding the achievement gap will require new and innovative solutions, these five artists will explore new ways to communicate these issues. The work in this show was created to address problems facing Indianapolis with art made specifically for this time and place, but the topics explored are relevant to cities all over the country.

In order to bring further awareness to this timely issue, two of the artists will create work to be displayed off-site – a first for the Harrison Center. A mural by Artur Silva will be on display at IPL's headquarters in the window facing Monument Circle and the work of Flounder Lee will be featured in the Market Street window of Brenner Design.

Across from the gallery: Learn more about the work of The Mind Trust’s Education Entrepreneur Fellows. Fellowship projects represented include the Youth Music Exchange (Dr. Michael Bitz), Teach Plus (Dr. Celine Coggins), Summer Advantage USA (Mr. Earl Martin Phalen) and Global Citizen Year (Ms. Abigail Falik).

I Heart Lung performs at 8pm.

In Gallery No. 2 - La Temporadas de un Granjero (The Seasons of a Farmer) - new work by Herron School of Art and Design photography student, Sam Jones.

In Hank & Dolly’s Gallery – Hyperlinx - installation by Shannon Hinkle and Emily Elling.

The artwork hangs through March 28, 2008.

Also that night, wander the Harrison Center ’s 21 artist studios. Harrison Center studio artists: Allison Ford, Karla Becker, Amy Falstrom, Pete Gall, Elizabeth Guipe Hall, Kyle Herrington, Lisa Fett, Shannon Hinkle, Toni Hook, Mary Beth Jackson, Matt Kenyon, Carl Leck, Kim Lohr, Jennifer Meuninck, Tyler Meuninck, Elizabeth Nelson, Kipp Normand, Jude Odell, Emma Overman, Quincy Owens, Kyle Ragsdale, William A. Rasdell, Amy Reel, Artur Silva, Carolyn Springer, Shadi Zakhour.

For more information, visit

About The Mind Trust
The Mind Trust's mission is to dramatically improve public education for underserved students by empowering education entrepreneurs to develop or expand transformative education initiatives. To achieve this mission, The Mind Trust has two strategies: (1) a nationally unique Education Entrepreneur Fellowship that serves as an incubator for transformative education ventures; and (2) a Venture Fund to recruit to Indianapolis the nation’s most successful entrepreneurial education initiatives. For more information, visit

March 6-7 — Shaping the New Century: A Two-Day International Design Symposium

This is a major deal. An international symposium on recent European industrial and decorative design with a special strand for graduate and undergraduate design students.

When: Friday March 6 and Saturday March 7
Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art

Join designers, critics, scholars, manufacturers, dealers and students for a lively examination of the present and future of European decorative and industrial design in a program conceived by R. Craig Miller, the IMA Curator of Design Arts. Explore the aesthetic and conceptual ideas that have transcended national boundaries from 1985 onward, forging the international design scene we experience today. Meet a variety of leading figures in European design from multiple generations and be among the first in the world to see the exhibition European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century. The evolution of contemporary design will be discussed and examined in four sessions focusing on creating, manufacturing, judging, and marketing design.

The exhibition and symposium present a new lens through which to view the design scene from the late twentieth century to the present. Both the exhibition and the symposium promise to redefine two major movements—Modernism and Postmodernism—which have largely shaped European design during the last two decades.

Not free, but worth the bucks. Get a full agenda here.

March 8 — The Art of Healing: Where Healthcare and Creativity Blend

Wishard Hospital is home to more than state-of-the-art healthcare. In 1914 Indiana’s leading artists worked together to create murals that would lift the spirits of the patients at City (now Wishard) Hospital.

When: Sunday March 8, 2:30 PM

Where: Myers Auditorium, Wishard Memorial Hospital 1001 West 10th St.


Hear Dean Craig Brater of the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Larry Cripe, oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center, and cancer survivor Jan Lucas-Grimm discuss how art facilitates healing by engaging an emotional response which can relieve stress and re-focus the mind. A brief tour of the 1914 murals follows the discussion.

Related exhibition at IMA: Preserving a Legacy: Wishard Hospital Murals in IMA's Alliance Gallery Simeon and the Babe Jesus

In 1914, a group of renowned Hoosier artists painted murals for the benefit of patients at Wishard Memorial Hospital (then known as City Hospital). The IMA conservation department has been working to bring these murals back to their original condition since 2004, when they conserved a painting by Indiana African American artist William Edouard Scott. Since then, the conservation of several works by such Indiana artists as T. C. Steele, Clifton Wheeler, J. Ottis Adams and Wayman Adams has been completed. The exhibition includes a cleaned work by T. C. Steele, along with before and during treatment photographs, and a Carl Graf painting divided into partially cleaned and fully cleaned surfaces.

March 6 — Learn about the vital topic of “Religious Trends in China Today and their Social and Political Implications”

When: Friday March 6, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: IUPUI room 2115-E in the University Library.

The China Studies Workgroup, the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, the Institute for Research on Social Issues and the School of Liberal Arts present:

"Religious Trends in China Today and their Social and Political Implications"

Dr. Fenggang Yang, Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University will give a presentation on "Religious Trends in China Today and their Social and Political Implications" on the IUPUI campus.

Dr. Fenggang Yang is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society (CRCS) at Purdue University. He received his BA from Hebei Normal University (Shijiazhuang, China) in 1982, MA from Nankai University (Tianjin, China) in 1987, and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) in 1997. His sociological research has focused on religious change in China and immigrant religions in the United States. He is the author of Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (Penn State University Press 1999), the co-editor (with Tony Carnes) of Asian American Religions: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries (New York University Press 2004), and the co-editor (with Joseph B. Tamney) of State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies (Brill Academic Publishers 2005) and Conversion to Christianity among the Chinese (a special issue of the Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, 2006). His articles have been published in books and in the American Sociological Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Amerasia Journal, Journal of Asian American Studies, the Sociological Quarterly, and Asia Policy, including one that won the "2002 Distinguished Article Award" of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion ("Transformations in New Immigrant Religions and Their Global Implications") and one that won "2006 Distinguished Article Award" of the American Sociological Association’s Section of the Sociology of Religion ("The Red, Black, and Gray Markets of Religion in China"). His current research focuses on the political economy of religion in China, Christian ethics and market transition in China, faith and trust among business people in China, and Chinese Christian churches in the United States. He has given many invited lectures at major universities in the United States and China, has given invited presentations at major think-tanks, and has been interviewed by the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, etc. and some newspapers in Asia.

For more information contact Wan-Ning Bao at 317-274-2665.

March 7 — If you are an IUPUI alum, or can pretend to be one, learn about "Homicide Investigation: From Crime Scene to Court"

A crime has been committed! Put on your detective hat and join in a morning of investigation. Learn from the experts how forensic evidence can make or break a case. Join alumni, reconnect with classmates, and make new friends as you interact with faculty from across campus for sessions following an investigation from crime scene to courtroom.

When: Sat. March 07 7:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Where: University Place Conference Center

Sounds like an interesting program.Find out details here.

March 8 — Celebrate International Women's Day

An event for: Men and women who have been impacted by women and concerned about women's issues locally and globally.

When: Sunday, March 8th, 2-3 pm
Where: Trinity Church
Come be a part of women from around the world sharing their most urgent needs and passions here and abroad.
  • Look: Photography of women by Katie Basbagill
  • Listen: Spoken Word, Music and Poetry of Women
  • Speak: Share your story and plight for yourself and others
  • Eat: Light refreshments provided
Questions? give them to Elise Vestal, ServLife International, and UN World Food Program IN Coordinator

March 8 — Catch the opening of "European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century"

This exhibition is the first critical survey of contemporary Western European decorative and industrial design.

When: March 8-June 21
Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Clowes Gallery in Wood Pavilion

Organized by IMA Design Curator R. Craig Miller, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue present 250 seminal works including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass and product design that reveal the extraordinary creativity of two generations of designers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia, Spain and the United Kingdom. European Design Since 1985 reflects an important initiative by the IMA in the area of 20th- and 21st-century design. The project, which has required six years of extensive research, has been organized in cooperation with the Denver Art Museum and Kingston University, London. The exhibition will travel to a number of American museums and potentially to Europe and Asia. A scholarly catalogue produced by Merrell Publishers, London, will be distributed internationally.

March 8 — "Women Without Superstition: No Gods No Masters"

Annie Laurie Gaylor and her mother, Annie Nicole Gaylor, co-founded Freedom From Religon Foundation, Madison, WI, in 1976.

When: Sunday, March 8, 6:00 PM
Where: Rathskeller Restaurant 401 E. Michigan St, Indianapolis, Indiana

Center for Inquiry Indiana and IUPUI Freethinkers host a talk by Annie Laurie, the editor of Women Without Superstition: "No Gods, No Masters" The Collected Writings of Women Freethinkers of the Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries. She is the author of Woe to Women--The Bible Tells Me So: The Bible, Female Sexuality, & the Law and Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children.

She will be telling the untold story of the many women freethinkers who led the feminist and other social movements of their time. It is because of these women who challenged the religious influence over civil laws and practices that women have the rights they have today. This is a very fitting way to celebrate International Women's Day.

Annie Laurie makes numerous appearances on national and local radio and television advancing the cause of Separation of State and Church and other issues involving nonbelievers. She is a graduate of the Journalism School, University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information go to:

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