Arts and Culture

A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie

Legacy explores the lives of five brothers – George, Frank, Edmund, William, and Lucius Ball as they moved their glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, New York to Muncie in the 1880s. The film pays particular attention to the wide ¬ranging philanthropic efforts of the family over the past 120 years, including the creation of Ball State University.

The full film is available online at: http://vimeo.com/96710414

The documentary recently won five international Accolade Awards: three awards of excellence for cinematography, lighting, and animation; and two awards of merit for directing and best short documentary.

Funded by the Ball Brothers Foundation in 2013, the documentary is one part of a larger project exploring community development initiatives in Muncie. An additional series about Muncie’s quality of life efforts titled Primacy of Place and a short documentary series about non-¬profit organizations in Delaware County are being produced concurrently. Both series will debut fully in spring 2015.

The Department of Telecommunications is proud to present a documentary about the five Ball Brothers – A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie.  To learn more about the project, please contact Chris Flook at caflook@bsu.edu or visit:http://welovetcom.com/ballbrothers/

 

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Kokomo/Howard County 800-837-0971
Project made possible by the Indiana Artisan
ICAA: Indiana Glass Arts Alliance Open to any individual or organization with an interest in the glass arts, such as experienced and new collectors, artists, gallery owners, educators and the general public.
National Fenton Glass Society, Inc.To promote the study and understanding of handmade glass, the handmade glass industry, and especially glass made by the Fenton Art Glass Company.

Appeal to the Great Spirit

The statue, owned by the City of Muncie, is a memorial to Edmund B. Ball. After his death in 1925, his family searched for a suitable memorial to him. They settled on a replica of the “Appeal to the Great Spirit” cast in bronze, and erected on a site just east of the Ball family homes on the north side of the White River in Muncie. The original sculpture was created by Cyrus Dallin in 1909 and is a Plains Indian. The statue and surrounding park were dedicated in 1929.

The statue does not depict Chief Munsee. There is no indication that there ever was a chief named Munsee. In addition, the statue depicts a Plains Indian. The Indians who lived in or near Muncie were Woodland Indians.

Read the blog hosted by Minnetrista, written by Karen Vincent (Director of Collections) “There Wasn’t a Chief Munsee. Really, There Wasn’t”.

Art and Culture

There is no shortage of options for the art enthusiast in Muncie!
MAACMuncie Arts & Culture Council
What started as a simple monthly conversation among artists and cultural organizations, the Muncie Arts & Culture Council (MACC) established the Muncie Arts & Culture District, and is advocating for the arts as a major economic engine in this region. Munciearts.org is a major component of this effort.
The Annual ArtsWalk is held the first Thursday in October.  This event celebrates every thing art, culture and history in Muncie / Delaware County. As the event grows every year you don’t want to miss the next one!
First Thursday Gallery Walk in Downtown Muncie
Celebrate the arts in Downtown Muncie every First Thursday! All the downtown art galleries simultaneously  present their monthly exhibits, with extended hours, on the first Thursday evening of every month. Stroll the streets, meet the artists, enjoy live music and find free refreshments at nearly every stop.
Also, most of the specialty shops downtown keep extended hours during First Thursday, and all our restaurants and pubs will be open late and ready to serve you. So grab your friends, head downtown, and join the hundreds celebrating local arts and culture in Muncie’s historic downtown district!

indiana_artisan_logo_w-r-loresIndiana Artisan spotlights Select Works of Indiana Art, Craft and Food

Delaware County selected Artisans:

Carol Burt, Stoneware and pottery: 765-282-5383
Ben Gordy, Frames of wood, imitation gold leaf, egg tempera and paints/varnishes: 765-284-8422
Brian Gordy, Watercolor prints, frames in gold leaf, woodcarving, epoxy resin, stains and paints: turtlepaintings.com
Alan Patrick, Oil painting on canvas or panel. Charcoal drawings: alanpatrick.com
To learn more about Indiana Artisan visit the Indiana Artisan web site.
Are you an art enthusiast?
 Explore ArtBabble.org. It’s an artistic version of YouTube with a large collection of video content, links and much more. 
www.IndianaArts.org Your search engine to the world of art in Indiana!

 

David Dale Designs

Specializing in fine art for corporate, public & residential settings, David Dale Designs has a long-standing history of exhibiting and supporting the sale of quality works by David Dale, Indiana artists and craftspeople.

David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University

Discover one of Indiana’s best art museums! The David Owsley Museum of Art has an outstanding collection representing cultures from around the world from the past 5,000 years.

Try The Infinite Museum, www.theinfinitemuseum.com, in the David Owsley Museum of Art. The site has more than 1,500 randomized “prompts” which visitors can shuffle through to spark discussion, surprising contemplation and new connections. They encourage visitors to move, sketch, question and interact with others and the art. All you need is a smartphone or tablet with a web browser, no art history knowledge required!

E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Home

Built in 1907, originally named Nebosham, this was the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Ball. The home has been beautifully restored and is used for educational programs but is also available for scheduled tours.

Ed’s Glass and More Factory Outlet

Eds Glass and More MuncieTrailers arriving almost everyday bringing overstocked, discontinued, returns and seconds of merchandise. They have thousands of different items in their inventory. Glass, candles, home decor and more.

Fruit Jar Club

Ball Jar Muncie IndianaThe Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club is an organization of people interested in collecting and learning about fruit jars and bottles. The club holds jar swaps/sales in Muncie on a semi-annual basis.