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The Center’s daytime speaker series, Luminaries, meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month for presentations about the Center's programming and the performing arts in general. Tickets for the presentations are $10 and include light refreshments. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 317.843.3800.


2020-21 schedule
2 p.m. presentation followed by light refreshments


NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Cross-Pollination in the Arts

Throughout his career as an illustrator, Jingo M. de la Rosa has been told time and again that one must have a single specialty in order to succeed professionally as an artist. Over the years, he has come to embrace the idea that not having a niche is his niche. In this presentation, he will talk about how collaboration and cross-pollination with other art forms – music, specifically – have further enhanced his career and artistry.


FEBRUARY 23, 2021 - Online through Zoom! 

Playing with Light: An Artist’s Journey

Arlon Bayliss will describe his journey as an artist working with light, from his early work as a glass artist to his public art commissions. His talk will be illustrated with images and video of various projects, including his recent work for the City of Carmel. He will not only show how the artworks come to life, but also emphasize the importance of collaboration and “play” in his creative process.


MARCH 23, 2021

Indiana’s Amazing Role in American Popular Music

From Hoagy Carmichael to Jimi Hendrix to John Mellencamp, Indiana has played an important role in American popular music. Louis Armstrong made his first recordings in 1923 at Gennett Records in Richmond. Jimi Hendrix played in Indiana a surprising five times, first as a struggling road musician, later as the biggest rock star America had ever produced. In this multimedia presentation, rock historian and college professor Randy Albright will share amazing stories that connect Indiana to popular music.


MAY 25, 2021

Stories & Songs of Indiana's Great Songwriter, Cole Porter

Dynamic husband and wife duo Lara Lynn Weaver and Kevin "Kid Kazooey" MacDowell have been performing as "Lynn and the Kid" for 20 years. Sometimes singing original silly songs to families as Kid Kazooey & the BallRoom Roustabouts, sometimes singing and sharing stories of their hometown Bloomington hero, Hoagy Carmichael, but this time sharing those of another great Hoosier artist, Cole Porter.


JUNE 15, 2021

A Dance of Tales & Tunes

Story performer Sally Perkins and violinist Thomas W. Watkins

Story performer Sally Perkins and violinist Thomas W. Watkins will bring to life old, yet relevant, wisdom stories from different traditions around the world as they weave together engaging storytelling and elegant music. Perkins has performed for the National Storytelling Network, the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival, Tennessee’s Haunting in the Hills Festival and the IndyFringe Festival. Watkins is a charter member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and plays fiddle with the Indianapolis group Irish Airs.


For more information on the series, contact Julia Shildmyer-Heighway at 317.819.3516 or