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DWNTWN Road Openings

All roads are open if you are coming Downtown from the East, South or North.

If you are coming into Downtown from the West, we suggest you take White River Blvd to the bridge and turn right on High Street.  You should be able to reach your destination from there with no road closures. 

When leaving Downtown to go West, take Mulberry around the curves at Gilbert and High St back to the bridge. You can also take Adams to Kilgore. 

We appreciate your patience and support of our businesses during our current construction period.

Check this website weekly for additional changes in road openings.

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Two World Premiers this Weekend at Muncie Civic Theatre

Muncie Civic Theatre hosts two staged readings,  a new play OIL IN THE BLOOD (Friday)and a new Musical, MASTER OF TIME(Saturday)!
 

Oil in the Blood

Friday November 21, 2014 • 7:30 pm 

Location

Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305 Show Map

Details:

Muncie Civic Theatre is proud to present an original play by the students of the Ball State University Immersive Learning Seminar, “Greatest Spectacle(s) in Racing" taught by Tyler Smith. Oil in the Blood, a premiere stage reading, is Friday, November 21st at 7:30pmFREE General Admission.

As the opening race of this year’s Mid-America Tires Sprint Car Series approaches, veteran driver Jeff Reno drops a bomb on his family:  After two decades of racing, he’ll have to sit out the first half of the season with an eye issue.  The family’s shock quickly turns to chaos and disagreement as Jeff’s 19-year-old daughter Ash volunteers to take her dad’s seat.  She’s been racing smaller cars since she could reach the pedals, and she says she’s ready to move up with the big boys.  Ash’s older brother Jeff Junior has been racing alongside dad for five years now and isn’t so sure that Ash is ready for the leap.  Stella, Jeff’s wife and team mechanic, is torn between giving her daughter an opportunity and wondering if Ash is ready to handle a 700 horsepower sprint car. And what will Les, the family friend and team sponsor think of these new developments? Oil in the Blood follows the Reno family through a season of Midwest sprint car racing, with plenty of drama both on and off the track.


 

Master of Time

 Saturday Friday November 22, 2014 • 7:30 pm 

Location:

Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305 Show Map

Details:

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE!

Join Muncie Civic Theatre as we present the world premiere of a brand new original musical! Master of Time is a new original musical with book, music, and lyrics written by Ball State University musical theatre student John Banes. It is the story of a boy named Matthew Crawford who is faced with a life-changing decision in the midst of turbulent circumstances. The show follows his journey to this decision under the silent scrutiny of the elusive Master of Time. This new work will be performed for the first time featuring a fantastic cast as a fundraiser forThe Trevor Project. Come experience the first public concert reading!

Tickets are $5. General Admission. Rated PG13.
All proceeds benefit The Trevor Project.

Book, Music, and Lyrics by John Banes

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Monkey Thunder IV: Another, Another, Another Pop-Up Art SHow

The original Monkey Thunder event spawned in the spring of 2011 as an art coup of sorts.  Prompted by an impending anniversary vacation for Brian & Genny Gordy, owners of Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co., their son Ben Gordy and gallery manager Braydee Euliss schemed to host an impromptu pop-up art show in their absence. The exhibit was designed specifically to cater to a more youthful crowd and featured works by 20 local artists. Overwhelming response resulted in two more Monkey Thunder events, one in the fall of 2011 and another in the summer of 2012.

After more than two years of relative silence, the fourth installment of Monkey Thunder proudly presents itself as “Monkey Thunder IV: Another, Another, Another Pop-Up Art Show”.

The Monkey Thunder series aims to challenge, encourage, confront, and support artists and viewers alike who are often left wanting more from Muncie’s art scene. The after-hours nature of the event allows for a transformation of the normal gallery setting and the exhibition of artwork that might not otherwise be appropriate during regular business hours. Curated by Braydee Euliss, MT4 features both 2D and 3D work as well as a sound installation and projection/video art. Exhibitors include familiar Muncie names, emerging artists from Ball State University, and artists as far away as Minneapolis, MN and Athens, GA.

This one-night-only opening/closing reception exhibit extravaganza will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 8 PM to 12 Midnight. Light refreshments will be served. The event is all ages, and the public is invited to attend. Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. is located at 224 East Main Street in Downtown Muncie. For more information, call (765) 248-8422 or visit the Monkey Thunder Facebook page at facebook.com/themonkeythunder.­­­

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Arts Commission encourages Hoosier Artists to apply for Individual Artist Program Grants


(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that Hoosier 
artists in selected disciplines have until Friday, February 6, 2015 to submit grant 
applications for the IAC’s Individual Artist Program. 
Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: dance, literature, music, theatre, 
and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines listed here. Artists with disabilities are 
encouraged to apply for projects related to the eligible disciplines either through the 
discipline directly or through the access category. 
Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP 
grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with 
specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form 
of public benefit through the completed project. 
The application guidelines and the online grant application system are currently accessible 
on the IAC website and can be found at: www.in.gov/arts/individualartistprogram.htm. 
Application for IAP grants will only be available through the online grant system, and artists 
are encouraged to read through the guidelines completely before starting the application 
process. The deadline for application is February 6, 2015. 
Applicants must be 18 years of age, must be an Indiana resident for at least one year prior 
to the date of application, and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists 
may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between 
July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. 
(more) 

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Cornerstone Belly Dance Showcase and Fundraiser

Join Rebellyon Dance Troupe and Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 6th, for the Belly Dance Showcase and Fundraiser. A fabulous line up of belly dancers, including Cornerstone instructors and students, will showcase their skills to raise funds for the Arts Program at Cornerstone. This event will be hosted by Jenny Smithson and Rebellyon Dance Troupe in support of Cornerstone.

The fundraiser kicks off with two belly dance workshops during the day taught by Jenny Smithson and Jeana Jorgensen.  

Workshop #1 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm will be instructed by Jenny Smithson and will focus on Dubstep-Belly Dance Fusion, you asked for it! Rebellyon will bring you fun and fierce belly dance choreography to Dubstep Music. Previous belly dance experience required.   

Workshop #2 - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: “How Slow Can You Go: Slow ATS Movement Vocabulary” will be instructed by Jeana Jorgensen and will explore American Tribal Style® and Slow Movement Vocabulary. This workshop will teach you the basics of ATS slow moves, from elegant hand floreos to slinky taxeems, and bodywaves. Then we’ll put it all together using the improvisational structure of ATS. Whether you want to learn more about the aesthetics of ATS to incorporate in your solo dancing, or you want to have fun dancing with others, this workshop is for youWorkshops are $25 each. Registration is available online at www.cornerstonearts.org/education.  Workshops will take place at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in the dance studios.

The Belly Dance Showcase and Fundraiser will take place at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in the Colonnade Room located on the 1st floor. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 6:00 pm. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children at the door.

In addition to the entertainment, the event will feature a raffle with donations from local businesses as well as belly dancing costumes and accessories.

For more information call Cornerstone Center for the Arts at 765.281.9503 ext. 15 or visit www.cornerstonearts.org.

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November's Featured Partner: MSD

MUNCIE SANITARY DISTRICT

The Muncie Sanitary District (MSD), created under Indiana State law in 1968 by the action of an Ordinance of the City of Muncie, Ind., provides services to the public in the areas of code enforcement, engineering, sanitation, sewer maintenance, storm water management, water pollution control and recycling. In addition to these services, the MSD maintains a statewide position of leadership in green infrastructure through its commitment to programs and initiatives that make the Muncie community a better place to live.

The MSD initiated the Blue Bag Recycling Program in Muncie. Now, 48% of the waste stream is recycled, creating a greener Muncie. This program earned the National Green City Award and the Governor's Award of Excellence. The MSD's newest project is GreenLine, the first compressed natural gas station in ECI.

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Toy Donations Needed for Candy Cane Lane

Cornerstone Center for the Arts is looking for toy donations for its annual Candy Cane Lane event. Each year, children of all ages are invited to Cornerstone for a day of winter wonder. Every child who  attends Candy Cane Lane on Saturday, November 22nd from 10:00  am to 12:00 pm will receive a free toy. At least 600 toys are needed to help make this event a success.

Cornerstone is looking for toys valued between $5 and $10 to give to the children in attendance. Any and all toy donations are welcome.  Toy and monetary donations will be accepted Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm until Thursday, November 20th.  Donations can be delivered to the 2nd floor of Cornerstone, or mailed to 520 E. Main St. Muncie, IN 47305. Toy donations can be dropped off at Walls Furniture's Muncie location and all three of the PrimeTrust Financial locations.

Cornerstone’s Candy Cane Lane will feature games, crafts, and refreshments; as well as pictures with Santa. Each child will also get to pick out a toy with the help of an elf. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, or to make a donation, contact Carly Acree King at cacree@cornerstonearts.org

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Gobble Wobble / Small Business Saturday

DWNTWN GOBBLE WOBBLE PUB AND EATERY CRAWL

The turkey has been consumed...SO sick of turkey! Netflix is boring and you definitely don’t want to go to the movies. You REALLY want to get out of the house, with or without your family, and my oh my does a beer sound good! 

If any of this sounds familiar, join us DWNTWN Saturday, November 29 for the first ever DWNTWN Gobble Wobble Pub and Eatery Crawl! DWNTWN bars and eateries will participate with food or drink specials and other fun surprises.

HOW TO PLAY:

Participants can begin in any of the listed DWNTWN locations. Gobble Wobble punch cards will be on hand at all locations. Visit at least 6 locations, purchase an item and get your card punched. Post a photo of your completed card on our Facebook page to win! 

PRIZES:

First 10 people to post will win a DWNTWN hoodie, next 10 a DWNTWN tee shirt and anyone who posts will get a DWNTWN sticker!

VENUES:

Tuppee Tong Thai- 310 W Main (5p-9p)

Savages Ale House- 127 N. High (3p- 3a)

Mark III Taproom- 107 E. Main (7p-3a)

Downtown Farm Stand- 125 E. Main (9a-7p)

Brother Animal- 113 W. Jackson (9a-9p)

Casa del Sol- 206 S. Walnut (11a-10p)

Vera Maes Bistro- 209 S. Walnut (5p-10p)

Valhalla-215 S. Walnut (11a-3a)

Heorot- 219 S. Walnut (11a-3a)

The Silo- 223 S. Walnut (4p-3a)

Barn Brasserie- 117 W. Charles (11a-10p) - Specials: $1 off draft beer & 1 Free kids meal with purchase of entree.

The Caffeinery- 401 S. Walnut (8a-12p) 

Fickle Peach- 117 E. Charles (3p-3a)


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Make an impact this Small Business Saturday by shopping and eating local. Gather your friends and begin your shopping early. End the day with the Gobble Wobble supporting local pubs and eateries. 

EVENTS:

Kirk's Bike Shop 

Kirk’s Bike Shop Holiday Open House from 10a-5p

 Pazols Jewelers Saturday 9:30-5

DoorBusters! Fireflies Twinkling Diamonds necklaces and earrings in sterling silver and diamonds starting at $54.-$99.

 White and yellow gold Fireflies starting @ $299.-$2,800.

  One of the newest items is the Horizontal stick diamond pendant in white gold @ $249.

Curved diamond cross $199. Many store savings!!!! Check Facebook and www.pazolsjewelers.com.


Note: Check back frequently for updates

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Muncie Ranks #8 City for Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has named Muncie as the #8 top city for job growth. Talent Tribune reported on the achievements of the top 10 cities, read Muncie's blub below. 

Muncie, Indiana, home to Ball State University and the birthplace of the Ball Corporation, ranks number 8 on our list. Muncie added 2,100 jobs between August 2013 and August 2014, for a total job growth of 4.1%. Starting in the 19th century, Muncie’s economy was driven largely by the manufacturing of steel and glass. Today, Munsonians can find work in health care, education, retail, and other service-related industries.
— Talent Tribune

Read the full article here

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DWNTWN Sweatshirts Available!

Stay warm all winter and rep DWNTWN with our new sweatshirts! Make sure to take a picture of yourself wearing the sweatshirt and tag us. We love seeing you all out and about showing pride for our city!

Sweatshirts are $30 and are available in Red and Charcoal. They can be picked-up in our office (120 W. Charles St.) M-F from 9-4. We have sizes XS-XXXL. We even have a few t-shirts left over from summer for $15. Cash or check only.

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Featured Partner: Muncie Power Products

Our primary objective is to deliver quality products and services to our customers. To assist us in this goal we have an extensive network of independently owned master warehouses that stock, sell, and service our products.

Over the past decade an influx of innovative thinking and a commitment to continuous improvement has propelled us to a leadership role in our industry. The pace at which we are improving our products and services is expanding exponentially due to increasing investments in engineering and technology. Our Lean Enterprise efforts along with 75 years of experience provides a bright and stable future for our company, customers, and employees.

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Cardinal Greenway Turkey Trot

Cardinal Greenway Turkey Trot Run/Walk

November 27

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Cost: By November 21

$7.00 per person or

$12.00 per family (two adults and minor children in same household)

Cost: After November 21

$12.00 per person or

$17.00 per family (two adults and minor children in same household)

Plus: One non-perishable food item for Muncie Mission Food Bank per person.

 

 Waivers will be signed by all adults on the day of the event.

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FEATURED PARTNER: FIRST MERCHANTS BANK

Since our beginnings in 1893, we understand that it’s about the customer.  We make our customers feel at home.  We show them we care.  We make them feel special.  Give them advice.  Give them value. Keep our promises.  Help them out when they really need it.  Reach out to them. Know them. Thank them.

First Merchants Corporation is the largest financial services holding company located in Central Indiana. We provide our customers with broad financial services delivered locally by bankers who are known and trusted in their communities. We offer personal banking, business banking, mortgage lending, cash management services, wealth management and insurance.

We are focused on building deep, lifelong client relationships and providing maximum shareholder value. We provide an environment where customers can bank with their neighbors, realizing that our business begins and ends with people.

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FEATURED PARTNER: IU BALL MEMORIAL

As a 370 bed regional healthcare provider, every day Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital carries out its mission to improve the health of the community through innovation and excellence in clinical care, education, research and service.

That mission is carried out across a broad spectrum of actions. From the most complicated and high risk medical procedures using leading edge technology like the DaVinci Surgical Robot, treating an emergency patient in our level III Trauma Center or providing a simple greeting with a smile to the visitor unsure of which direction to go. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is here to serve as a community resource for everyone.

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FEATURED PARTNER: Ontario Systems

Ontario Systems is a leading provider of software-based solutions, services, and business process expertise for the collections and healthcare industries. Its customers include 9 of the 10  largest collections agencies, and 3 of the 5 biggest health systems in the U.S. More than 55,000 representatives use Ontario Systems products across more than 500 locations.

A community’s downtown district is truly the heart of its city – A heart that’s essential to the well-being of the people and region that surround it. In growing communities, central cities are the healthiest, greenest, and richest places to live from both cultural and economic perspectives.  Muncie’s downtown is a powerful investment for future economic development, which helps our company attract and retain quality talent. The fact that it’s thriving once again points to a bright future.

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FEATURED PARTNER: Wealth Strategies

At Wealth Strategies, Inc., we understand that individuals face unique challenges as they prepare for retirement. Our goal is to be a trusted advisor to our clients and their families while building wealth and assisting them with all their financial and key life decisions.  Whether you are investing for retirement, building college savings, looking for insurance, or need help with estate planning, our personalized service focuses on your needs, wants, and financial goals and objectives. Our professionals have a wealth of experience in financial services and are committed to a personal, hands-on approach to advising.

Partnering with DWNTWN couldn’t be more important. DWNTWN is the foundation and planning center of our city. Here we have collaboration and energy. Synergy exists when we all work together and promote the Core part of our community. It is great to be close to all the action and at the center of it all. 

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TRAINING INSTITUTE AND TEACHING HOTEL

The Arc strives to empower people and inspire change in many ways – including expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities.We not only advocate for change – we are working to be part of that change by developing a hospitality training institute and teaching hotel in Muncie, Indiana.  The 150 room training institute and teaching hotel will be located by the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana.Ground breaking is planned for 2014 and the facility is slated to open in the summer of 2015.

 

Our Goals:

  • Provide post secondary education opportunities that will train people with disabilities for jobs in the hospitality industry

  • Employ individuals with disabilities throughout the hotel in various capacities including management

  • Include businesses owned by people with disabilities in the teaching hotel lobby

  • Serve as a resource center for people in the human resources field by offering training on employing people with disabilities

 

Watch video here

 

Our Partners

State of Indiana
City of Muncie
Muncie Downtown Development Partnership
Horizon Convention Center
Schmidt Associates
Courtyard by Marriott

General Hotels Corporation
A Pots and Pans Production

 

Join Us

We invite you to be a part of this exciting initiative.Help make the dream of having a career a reality for thousands of people with disabilities. 

  • Donate Now - Please designate your online donation to The Arc of Indiana Foundaton

  • Mail your donation

    Please make donations payable to

    The Arc of Indiana Foundation & mail to:

    The Arc of Indiana Foundation

    107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 800

    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

  • Provide a Unique Gift

    Contact Jill Vaught, 317-977-2384 or jvaught@arcind.org, to learn about unique gift opportunities

  • Donor Prospectus

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