ISU partners with local arts providers in Cultural Alliance Passport program

October 15 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A passport allows the holder to explore faraway lands, its culture and people.

The Indiana State University Permanent Art Collection, along with Downtown Terre Haute Inc. and the City of Terre Haute, are sponsors of the Cultural Alliance Passport, which encourages Terre Haute residents to explore nearby cultural resources.

The passport, which bears a resemblance the real thing, is a follow-up to the “Guide to Cultural and Natural Attractions” map, according to John Lustig, president of the Cultural Alliance of Terre Haute and curator of Indiana State’s Permanent Art Collection.

“Our community’s culture contributes to our overall identity and sense of pride,” Lustig said. “It enriches our lives and activates our minds to think in ways we might normally not.”

Community members are encouraged to get their cultural passport stamped every time they visit a participating venue. Passport holders can then turn in their passports no later than Sept. 2, 2008, to be eligible for several prizes, ranging from a $1,500 travel certificate, season tickets to the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra or Community Theatre of Terre Haute, a culinary course at Clabber Girl to a D. Omer “Salty” Seamon book.

Launched at the Terre Haute StreetFair in September, the program has been received positively by arts organizations and patrons, according to Lustig.

“We’ve seen the appreciation from the public concerning the diverse selection of events to choose from,” Lustig said. “They are very appreciative of the passport serving as a guide to our community’s creativity.”

Passports can be picked up at the 15 local arts organizations are participating in this inaugural project, including Allen Memorial Planetarium, Art Spaces, Clabber Girl Museum, Community Theatre of Terre Haute, Downtown Terre Haute, Halcyon Contemporary Art, ISU Theater Department, the ISU University Art Gallery, Native American Museum, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Art Gallery, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Titzer Art Studios, Vigo County Historical Society, Vigo County Public Library and the Wabash Valley Art Guild.

“We hope the community feels welcome to explore all participating venues and that they will find the organizations are all sources of creativity, empowerment, knowledge and entertainment, Lustig said.

The project was funded through seed money received from the Mayor’s Office, sponsorships and membership fees.

The Cultural Alliance of Terre Haute is a consortium of content providing organizations committed to creating a community that embraces and supports its cultural resources. The Alliance exists to promote public awareness and share information on the cultural resources in Terre Haute.

For more information on the Cultural Passport program, contact Lustig at (812) 237-4334 or email outreach@culturalallianceth.org .

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CONTACT: John Lustig, ISU Permanent Art Collection, (812) 237-4334

WRITER: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Permanent Art Collection, along with Downtown Terre Haute Inc. and the City of Terre Haute, are sponsors of the Cultural Alliance Passport, which encourages Terre Haute residents to explore nearby cultural resources.

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