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RAA adds an electronic newsletter option, introduces newly designed website, increases use of social media through sites such as facebook. More updates mean you’ll stay up-to-date on RAA happenings and events.

Pg. 3 - Art Auction Recap

The RAA has distributed a quarterly newsletter for many years. It’s an effective w a y t o re a c h o u r m e m b e r s a b o u t programming, tickets, grants, fundraisers, school programs, etc. However, we are now offering it in a more efficient way, via electronically. This will not only save on postage and print costs, but also allow the newsletter to be available sooner, since we can reduce the time needed for printing and production. It’s also a chance to be “greener” to reduce our carbon footprint, using less paper. Yet we do realize not everyone prefers electronic newsletters, so we would like our members to indicate when they sign up which they prefer. We will ask for an email address, and please, be assured that we

will not share this with other organizations, nor will we deluge you with constant emails. We may produce the newsletter more than quarterly, if all goes well. We also will step up our social media contacts, with regular updates and postings on facebook and on our website. It’s a newly created website, thanks to Lori Feldbauer, so please check it out regularly. It was a great way to see pictures of the May auction items prior to the event, and we also have other program pictures and information. The new website can be found at and on facebook under the name Rural Alliance for the Arts.


Pg. 2 - 2013-2014 Programming Announced

Pg. 6 - Opportunities to volunteer with RAA

Pg. 9 - Community Art Show Winners Announced

Pg. 10 - BHS Students speak out against drugs

DON’T MISS RAA Annual Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Batesville Library All are welcome! Programming announced and awards given!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra

2013-2014 RAA season programming announced Jazz, classic movies and a murder mystery are just part of the programming lineup for the 2013-14 Rural Alliance for the Arts season.

Sept. 21, 2013 BHS Auditorium

“Tung and Cheek”

Just Released!

Fall Dinner Show RAA Community Theater Nov 1-2-3, 2013 RomWeber Marketplace Meal by Izzy’s Catering

Classic Film Series Winter 2014 Gibson Theater Jan - The Godfather Feb - Casablanca March - Singin' in the Rain

T.J. Greene, vice president and in charge of programming, commented, “I am very excited about next year’s programming. We have selected events that should appeal to patrons of all ages!”

The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will kick off the arts season with a visit in September and perform Big Band/Swing music in an exciting two hour concert. The RAA also likes to give our local thespians a chance to express themselves. “We are returning to the murder mystery format for our fall theatre production of Tung and Cheek  after two years of other themes,” Greene said. Chris Ault, the RAA theater chairperson, perused many scripts before deciding upon this one. Izzy’s Catering will prepare the meal for the dinner show. Stay tuned for details on where and when it will be. New this year, the RAA is delving into the movies, another form of artistic expression.

The Rusty Griswolds

The RAA will sponsor a series of classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood at The Gibson Theatre in Batesville. The Gibson has partnered with the RAA before, and is willing to do so again. “If the Classic Film Series is popular,   it could be a recurring event in Batesville,” Greene noted. There is also talk of tying in food and beverage offerings, and some other interesting artistic elements, with the movie themes. In the spring of 2014, regional band favorite, The Rusty Griswolds will perform at Walhill Farm.  “This will be a 1980’s dance party since the group is dedicated solely to music of that decade.  It should be a very fun event, especially for people who are nostalgic for the music of their youth,” Greene said. After the annual May auction, the RAA’s major fundraiser, and the Community Art Show, the summer musical will be presented. “Yankee Doodle” calls for a big cast, a chance for many in the community of all ages to be involved. The RAA will again offer 80 children a chance to master their theater skills with Prairie Fire Theater Workshop in July.

Look for more specific information on dates, venues and ticketing in upcoming newsletters, on our website, Facebook, the local newspapers and posters in town.

The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will kick off the new season

80’s Favorites

Voted Best of Cincinnati

March 14, 2014 Walhill Farm

The Art...Etc. Auction May 2014

Community Art Show June 2014

RAA Summer Musical Summer 2014

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre July 2014


Safari nets big reward for RAA The RAA on Safari journey has ended. The auction themed “Safari” was a big success with over $36,000 raised, surpassing the organization’s budget goal. It’s the RAA’s major fundraiser, and crucial to the year’s programming for schools and the community. The funds are channeled into the RAA’s Arts in Education programming for the six schools. About 160 guests were greeted by the authentic sights and sounds of Africa. The Batesville Middle School African drum band, under the direction of Leon Enneking, serenaded guests while the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s African python was available for photos with photographer Randy

auctioneer Roger Huff skillfully led the band of big game hunters through the perils and

sponsors, merchants, Hill-Rom, auction

excitement of the live auction. Thirty-six auction

chairpersons and moreover, the community for

items were up for grabs. Some of the top items

supporting the auction. Plans are underway for

bagged were an original Jacob Pfeiffer painting.

next year’s auction…stay tuned!

Nathan Wanstrath captured the Sausage House Party, when he won the Take Your Pick Live Auction Raffle. He, and 30 others paid $75 for the chance to take anything from the “hunt.” Donors Gus and Nancy Hillenbrand were

A scrumptious buffet dinner featuring Catering at the Hill-Rom Center. The food drew rave reviews. The music of authentic African xylophones performed, once again, by the Batesville Middle School students under the direction of Leon Enneking, provided dinner

known as Chris Ault, accompanied by veteran

Interesting facts and tidbits about the arts

hunters would not be able to fight over the Sausage Party so they generously donated a gourmet breakfast for 15 couples featuring all

Students who participate in arts

your food chain favorites, masterfully prepared

programs are at least three

by Gus Hillenbrand.

times more likely to be

This annual auction, held at the Hill-Rom Center campsite, helps to provide over 2700 students, in Batesville’s four public and two private schools with materials and professional instruction in art, music (both vocal and instrumental), drama, creative writing as well as

recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office within their schools, participate in a math and

hands on instruction from visiting artists from

science fair, win an award for

around the world.

school attendance and win an

The auction was co-chaired by Mary Ellen

background music. “A Fitch,” world renowned explorer, better


disappointed that the crowd of big game


African delicacies was prepared by Aramark

The RAA board thanks the many

Rippe and Rita George with the help of many volunteers, with a special thanks to Joan

award for writing an essay or poem.

Kuhlman and Jeff Pawlik.

New cell bidding worked for auction The RAA tried something new with this year’s auction by having guests bid on the silent auction pieces electronically, by way of cell phones. The company, Auction by Cellular , was contracted to handle the electronic bidding. Reaction was positive, as people liked knowing how their bid was faring, and even what items weren’t bid on yet. The company staffed helpers throughout the venue for those having trouble or unsure how to use the new process. The 200+ items on the silent auction actually brought in over $10,817. The live auction had a whopping 36 items, which raised $18,825. There was a wide range of value, from pool parties and landscape packages to original art, golf membership and trips to Orlando or Mackinac Island. A few highlights: The Grand Hotel went for $1,770, the Orlando trip, $1,600, the Cincinnati zoo private party, $600, a party at Lil Charlie’s for $575 and the Kevin Costner guitar for $600. The Cincinnati Reds package drew $475, and the Cook performance, $350. The cash and diamond raffles raised $5,340. Organizers and the board were pleased with the event, but said there is always room for improvement. The RAA welcomes input from its members and auction-goers as to how to make next year’s auction the best ever. Contact the administrator, Joan Kuhlman, at for suggestions.




Clockwise, beginning below: Volunteer Jeff Pawlick was instrumental in the success of the evening; chairperson Mary Ellen Rippe greets guests as they arrive; members of the band entertain the crowd; the Hill-Rom Center was a perfect setting for the safari-themed evening.










Clockwise, beginning to the right: Guests enjoy viewing the silent auction tables; Vonni Williamson is charmed by the zoo's snake; Brad Weberding, Chris Nichols and Carrie Weberding enjoy mingling at the auction; emcee Chris

Ault with guest and RAA volunteer Scott George; board members Mary K Cambron, Joan Kuhlman, and Elaine Howell.


Veteran and New Board Members Keep RAA Vital Most RAA members know “what” we do: we bring cultural events to the community and artists to the schools. And they may realize “how” we do it, with grants, memberships and our annual auction as a major fundraiser. What they might not know is the “who” behind it: the volunteer RAA 20 member board. Every summer, the current board is asked if they want to continue in their role, fulfill another role, or perhaps step off the board and help in other ways. Part-time Administrator Joan Kuhlman, the RAA’s only paid staff, helps the officers recruit and organize the board each year. “We often see people join the board and stay on for years, because it is interesting, rewarding, and fun. We also see people who discover and develop talents they didn't even know they had (like set painting, graphic design, sewing, singing, etc.),” Joan said. RAA founder Jolene Rockwood gave much thought initially on what type of board would be best. “We decided to have a w o r k i n g b o a rd i n o rd e r t o g e n e r a t e commitment and ownership among the volunteer chair people, and I think it has worked really well. When board members come to the meetings, give stewardship reports and hear what all the other committees are doing, it is impressive and a love for and commitment to the RAA builds up in each person. Notice how

many of our board members stay on the board for several years, often taking multiple positions. It is impressive what we do, and frankly, most people looking in from the outside have no idea.” Rachel Berkemeier was new to the board this year. She is the grant writer, a crucial role for the non-profit group, but one her interests and natural communication skills lend well to. (In her day job, she is the media specialist at the Batesville Community Schools Corporation.) “I joined the board because I’m happy to give my time and talents to an organization that directly improves our community. Before joining, I mostly knew of the Arts in Education program that is a wonderful asset to our school and community.” She has signed on again as grant writer. Mother of an incoming second grader, Kathleen Bohman admits she didn’t know much about the RAA when she agreed to being the publicity chair, but she is now more aware of the RAA’s activities and purpose. “What the RAA does for the schools, to expose children to various arts professionals, is something I truly appreciate now, and can’t wait for my son to reap the benefits. I am trying to spread the word so more know of the good and opportunities the RAA creates. “ She says a year under her belt will make her role as publicity chair easier.

Lori Feldbauer, website design, and Elaine Howell, Secretary

Mary K Cambron is often associated with the RAA,

as she should be. An artist and art teacher, she has been seen in a more visible role as past president, but does a lot of the work unseen: She has painted sets, catered, greeted patrons, stored tables, sold raffle tickets, cleaned bathrooms, and donated personal artwork, besides serving in an officer’s role. “When I first moved to Batesville, I was wary of joining... thinking it was a cross between “Stepford Wives” and “The Firm.” Wow was I wrong! This is the most inclusive group I have ever been involved with. There literally is a place for everyone to serve.” Multi-talented Regina Siefert, who is from the area, says the same. “I have learned so much from this experience, and grown in ways I never dreamed possible. I have made some really good friends.” Regina has been in charge of the Community Art Show, but has also been theater chairperson several times, vice president and president. She’s always had an interest in the arts, and served as drama and dance chairperson for the Young Artist Showcase before joining the board. “This board is what keeps those funds coming to the schools. So many districts have to make cuts and it is usually the arts. The RAA is allowing arts to continue in the school district.” She feels strongly it enhances our life, “A world without art would be a terrible, terrible place to live,” she says. In addition to the 20 people on the board, there are numerous committees and volunteers who help the RAA board, from those who deliver posters to the annual auction set up and children’s theater coordinators. These people too are crucial to fulfilling the RAA mission. The board meets once a month, the first Tuesday of the month, generally at the library, for about 90 minutes at 7 p.m. The board reorganizes every August, and the public is invited to the annual meeting. As Cambron said, “Why join the RAA? Why not?” The board positions include President, vice president, secretary and treasurer; grant writer, art auction, public relations/marketing, publicity, social media specialist, newsletter, graphic arts, photographer/historian, school liaison, hospitality, arts in education, Young Artist Showcase, Community art show, theater committee, assets manager. We also have an attorney, Lynn Fledderman and financial advisor, John Hillenbrand II.


POPS PARTY @ THE PARK One of the newest items to bid on at the RAA auction in May is the Pops Party in the Park package. The winning bidder gets a premier spot at Liberty Park during one of the most popular events at the park, the Cincinnati Regional Pops Orchestra concert in mid June. It's part of the Batesville Music and Arts Festival. The bid includes a large tent, table and chairs, appetizers and beer/wine for 20 or so...all the trimmings to make a lovely night out! This year, four couples bid on it together, and invited others to join them. The city partners with RAA to provide this exclusive auction offering. It will be offered again at next year's auction.

Up for bids again in 2014!


Auditions for fall whodunit


The fall play has been selected, and it's a funny whodunit called "Tung and Cheek," by Pat Cook. It will be performed Nov. 1, 2 and 3. Robyn Zitnik will direct and Leacarol Bennett will be the producer.

Bacon, Blues & Brew

Wahill Farm, Batesville August 16-18 Walhill Farm has scheduled a summer weekend of music, art, and fun. Walhill will present the Bacon, Blues, and Brew Music and Art Festival from Friday, August 16th through Sunday, August 18th.

Dinner will be catered by Izzy's, and served at the Big Four Café. Patrons will then cross the street to Romweber Marketplace for dessert and the show. 

Mark Your Calendar!

Performances by nationally-known music acts such as Honey Honey (folk bluegrass duo), The Iquanas (New Orleans rock band), Junior Brown (country blues guitar star), and others will be featured. Along with the rockin’ soundtrack for the weekend, painters, sculptors, musical instrument makers and more from around the country will have their works on display and for sale.

Walhill Farm will have a selection of fresh food available, and several beers to sample from a number of brewery sponsors. “Can you say fresh, house-smoked bacon?!” says Peter Hillenbrand, the mastermind behind Walhill Farm and the weekend’s festivities. “We’re so excited to be hosting this festival. We’re really going to have a lot of talented artists at the farm, and it’s going to be a great time for everyone involved. Come enjoy the sunshine, bacon, blues, and brew!” Festival sponsors include Great Crescent Brewery, Big Dawg Brew Haus, Budweiser, Pro Prints, and The Rural Alliance for the Arts (RAA).

Walhill Farm, a 250 acre working farm and restaurant/event hall, is located in Batesville. For more information on Walhill Farm, visit


Tickets are $30 for RAA members and $35 for non-members. Bar service available at both locations. Sunday is just the show at 4:00 pm. Sunday tickets are $12 for RAA members and $15 for non-members.  There are two audition dates: Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. These will be held at the Tekulve Ault Building in Batesville. Characters include: Tony Cheek – wise-cracking detective who looks at life from the other side of a cliche Squatty – his amiable sidekick – somewhat dim but has a photographic memory (may be male or female) Honey Diamond – a suspect – the blonde, think Lauren Bacall with some Jessica Rabbit Hope Diamond – another suspect – blind uncle, good with a cane and the family dog Miss Thatcher – another suspect – efficient, smart housekeeper who had her last laugh about 20 years ago Jeffrey Hopney – another suspect – pompous, sounds like he swallowed a dictionary Clarice Hopney – another suspect – Jeffrey’s wife, a bit mousey, knows more than first appears Although Tony is the star, there are no small parts in this show. Rehearsals will begin soon after auditions mainly on the weekends for August and September moving to onstage full week rehearsals mid October. Contact Robyn at 765-265-2952 or for more information.

Community Art Show Winners Announced Eleven local artists were recognized by the Rural Alliance for the Arts at their annual Community Art Show. The RAA displayed the art throughout the month of June in the windows of Batesville’s Community Church on Main and George streets. Organizers said the location helped draw over 150 people to the reception. It was also part of a downtown street party that kicked off the Batesville Music and Arts Festival. Twenty-two artists submitted original work in three categories: fine arts, photography and applied art. New categories were added this year by the RAA, including Best of Show, which was the judge’s favorite and the People’s Choice. Visitors to the reception could vote on their favorite piece and the winner was announced at the Batesville Music and Arts Festival concert in the park June 20. Heather Paul of Batesville won for a charcoal drawing of a father and daughter.

Best of show went to Louise Mitchell of Versailles for her fine art watercolor, entitled “Lobster Country.” She was awarded $100.

Jackie Rayichen, Trinette Wilson, Bonnie Bessler, Vonnie Williamson.

Top three recipients in each category were also awarded cash, $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third place. The winners in those categories include: Fine Arts: First place, Peter Hertel of Batesville, 2nd, Thom Maltbie of Dillsboro and 3rd, Heather Paul of Batesville. Photography: First place, Katie Welsh of Brookville; 2nd, Jaime Mustaine of Batesville and 3rd, Rose Meyer of Batesville. Applied Art: First place to Nance Widdowson, 2nd, Ken Chamber and 3rd, Bonnie Hertel, all of Batesville. Other entrants included Tim Bedel, Carolyn Dieckmann, Annette Geil, Susan Schmuelling, Stacey Stenger, Gerald Bennett, Debi Black,

Did you Know? The RAA contributes $5,000 to the Batesville Music and Arts Festival to bring the Cincinnati Regional Pops Orchestra to Liberty Park. Without the contribution, the 2013 concert would not have happened. The RAA chipped in to cover the increasing cost. We partner with the city and the John A. Hillenbrand Foundation.

Winners present at the Community Art Show, are from left, Ken Chambers, Rose Meyer, Jaime Mustaine, RAA art show chairperson Regina Siefert with Louise Mitchell and her best of show painting, Katie Welsh, Heather Paul, and Peter Hertel.

CONGRATULATIONS to Alexa Fangman! OA Grad receives RAA scholarship Alexa is receiving the 2013 RAA scholarship award because of the high quality of her application, her dedication to the fine arts, the use of her talents in school and in the community, and her ambitious goals for the future. Alexa plans to pursue musical theater at Northern Kentucky University.

The Rural Alliance for the Arts & Elsa and Peter Soderberg Scholarship was first awarded in 2008 and was created with funds donated from Elsa and Peter Soderberg. The $1,000 scholarship can be used at any accredited two or four year public or private institution of higher learning in or out of the State of Indiana. Students applying must be interested interested pursuing a degree in an area of the arts.


Applicants must attend Oldenburg Academy or Batesville High School; and/or reside within the boundaries of the Batesville Community School Corporation; and/or be a child of parents with an RAA membership. Applicants can be a current college student. Previous winners of the scholarship are Alex Wilburn, Lucy Glaser, Bryce Mullins, and Sarah Howell.

Students design antidrug mural, let their voices be heard

second, the onset of adulthood and the challenges of selecting the right path in life and the third, the negative consequences of substance abuse.

F o l l o w i n g H a r i n g ‘ s a p p ro a c h As one part of the Batesville High students built their mural by placing School 3D class assignment on the one overlapping image or figure at a work of 1980’s Graffiti and Pop artist, Keith Haring, 90 students “Students were asked to lend were tasked to design their ‘voice’ to speak out, an anti-drug mural as only they can; to make a influenced by Haring’s “ C r a c k i s Wa c k ” , statement as young adults; to mural in New York make their ‘voices’ be heard City. The inspiration first.” behind this mural is the current wave of substance abuse in our community and the 2011 death of Cierra Adams, who on her time to the mural They 18 th birthday died of a heroin without a set layout. overdose. Students were asked to choose bright colors to a t t r a c t lend their “voice” to speak out, as attention to their subject matter; only they can; to make a statement r a i s e d h a n d s s y m b o l i z e t h e i r as young adults; to make their individual contribution and graphic symbols represent the stark realities “voices” be heard first. of abuse. Students began by brainstorming written ideas and sketching semiotic (the study of symbols) figures to represent their views. Forms and phases were simplified. By consensus students agreed to present their mural in the form of a time line, broken into three stages. The first section represents a carefree childhood filled with promise, the

Art history mural displayed at BHS Students finish Phase II of the Art History Mural, with Andrea Grimsley, artist in residence. About 40 kids worked on the mural. BHS art teacher Mary K Cambron's painting class designed it and Amy McCabe's advanced ceramics class crafted it in clay and glazed it. It is being installed in in the allied arts wing at BHS

Throughout the design and painting process students were able to carry on candid conversations on the use of drugs in our community amongst their peers and within their families. The BHS student’s greatly appreciate the Batesville Community Church for providing a space for their voice to be heard.

Come see the BHS Anti-Drug mural displayed at the Batesville Community Church!


RAA Supporters (as of 7/15/13)

Patron Level ($500+) Hillenbrand, Inc. Hill-Rom, Inc. Forethought Financial Group, Inc. Rodney & Bobbi Brandes Fred & Jolene Rockwood Platinum Level ($250) Advanced Nitriding Solutions Batesville Tool & Die Beta Sigma Phi – Theta Nu Chapter Margaret Mary Community Hospital Thomas & Lisa Brown Jim & Mary Freeland Bill & Denise Hillenbrand John & Joan Hillenbrand Keith & Christy Moenter Mike & Mary Robertson Gold Level ($100) Heartwood Manufacturing The Bookshelf Kenneth & Anne Baran Jerry & Leacarol Bennett George & Pat Brinkmoeller Michael & Mary K Cambron Dave & Julie Cox Allen & Jane Craig Bill & Celeste Cutter Tom DeCilles & Jean Beischel Dogger Dickey & Elaine Brouillette Jim & Char Dreyer Jim & Kathy Fangman Bill & Ginger Flannery Rick & Teri Fledderman Mark & Debbie Gardner Scott & Rita George Lance & Ronda Green TJ & Barbara Greene Janet K. Hansen Darin & Kristie Hawley Tom & Cynthia Johnson B.J. & Lisa Kelley John & Joan Kuhlman Brad & Tina Longstreth Jim & Mary Jo Mahle Steve & Nancy Marticke Jim & Sandra Nobbe

Bob & Lin Phaneuf Mark & Regina Siefert Bill & Claudia Stoner Jon & Erin Temple Margaret E. Veatch Randy & Carolyn Wanstrath Del & Vonni Williamson Dennis & Catherine Zwink Silver Level ($50) Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Stephanie Bauer CPA, Inc. Countryside Realty Jim & Judy Amos Diane Arnold Chris & Laura Ault Thomas & Lisa Barnett Bill & Debbie Blank James & DeAnn Brewer Ray & Joann Call Todd & Roberta Cook Nancy L. Cory Leon & Jayne Enneking Doug & Gayle Evans Lori Feldbauer Gary & Barbara Foster Eric & Melanie Fullenkamp Stephen & Teri Glaser Mark & Chris Heckman Eric & Sarah Heppner Charlie & Elaine Howell Kirk & Beth Inskeep Russ & Diana King Arnie & Susie Kirschner Ed & Joyce Kirschner Dan & Mary Mattingly Joe & Andrea Meyer Rodger & Taaron Meyers David & Nancy Mullen Chris & Claire Nichols Henry & Linda Pictor Smitty & Connie Rozman Jim & Maureen Saner Eric & Paula Simmons Ron & Beth Simons Ken & Debbie Wanstrath Matt & Dee Wehr Bill & Vicky Wilson Jon & Jane Yorn Gib & Rheadawn Young Family Memberships George & Gerty Ammerman Dale & Anne Amrhein Allen & Tamara Bates Richard & Wilda Jean Becker Dave & Angie Bedel Jackie Bedel Tim Bedel Greg & Rachael Berkemeier Thelma Blanken Robert & Carol Blankman Amy Blunt Kathleen Bohman Art & Deloris Brebberman John & Anita Brelage Martin & Connie Brunner Tom & Rita Cassidy Ken & Pauline Chambers Brian & Joeline Chipps John & Nichole Christie Charles & Domenica Cohen Bill & Mary Daily Marie Dausch Carolyn Dieckmann Mark & Shelly Dreyer


Laura Amrhein Dunbar Russell & Rita Eckstein Clifton & Kelly Elston Walt & Calley Ekins Steve & Danielle Engstrom Andy & Diana Enneking Kurt & Elizabeth Enneking Louis & Gretchen Enzinger Bob Ernie Ken & Pat Ertel Brent & Susan Fagan Dick & Cindy Feller Dan & Nancy Fischmer David & Wauneta Fischmer Nan French Ron & MaryBeth Freyer Mike & Rita Fritsch Dan & Maria Fullenkamp Terri Gardner Aaron & Jenni Garrett Scott & Lisa Gausman Jon & Jenny Geers Al & Rosalie Geis Chris & Laura Geis Terry & Joan Geisen Don & Mary Gellert Tain Gillespie Ken Gole Michael & Jennifer Gowdy Tom & Marcia Grant Mary Green Rod & Maxine Gudgeon Larry & Beth Gutzwiller George & Judy Hagan Dan & Elizabeth Hall Mike & Debbie Hamilton Eric & Becky Hand Alvin & Sheryl Harmeyer Dennis & Connie Harmeyer Ron & Margie Harmeyer Charles & Mary Harrah Al & Norma Hartman Bill & Barb Hartman John & Betty Hartman Ted & Ginny Hartshorn Jim & Mary Jo Heppner Grant & Rose Herring Betty J. Hill Bill & Marty Hisrich Bonita Holzbacher Ed & Beth Hoog Tim & Trish Hunter Steve & Tricia Huthison John & Janna Irrgang Brad & Tricia Jennewein Sandy L. Jester Juanita Kaiser Don & Joan Karbowski John & Natasha Kellerman Kenneth & Tina Kramer Chris & Laura Kraus Lee & JoAnn Kuhlman Tim & Maryianne Lambert Donald & Beth Lamping Kim Linkel Eric Linville Jeff & Amy Liter Carlos & Lois Luken Paul MacFarlane Pete & Deb Mack Kip & Cara Main Carol Maple John & Marsha Marincovich Chuck & Mary Anne Martz Joe & Amy McCabe Steve & Mary Jon McCaig Marty & Gerri McKinney Bill & Pat Meer Robert & Naomi Melia David & Stephanie Meyer Joyce L. Meyer Ted & Judy Meyer Florence Meyers Margaret Meyers Phillip & Lynne Miller Brenda Moorman

Sebastian & Angie Moster Vince & Marcy Moster Sharon Mulvaney Gary & Karen Munchel Margaret Neth Pete & Cathy Nolan John & Karen Oesterling Ethel M. Ollier Michelle Panzer Mark & Therese Parker Paul & Michal Pennington Kenny & Debbie Pfeiffer Todd & Kayla Pinckley Jim & Marjorie Powell Tim & Sara Putnam John & Becky Quick Allen & Judy Raab Charlie & Melinda Raab Joe & Jean Ralston Paula Rasnick Mike & Diane Rathburn Dave & Carol Raver Preston & Nancy Ray Bruce & Mary Ellen Rippe Gene & Joanie Ritter Hugh & Renae Robben Jane Roberson Jim & Diana Roberts Jeff & Ann Marie Rogers Jerry & Cecilia Rose Randy & Ann Salatin Glenn & Damitria Saler Andrew & Jennifer Saner Tim & Rhonda Savage Louis & Pam Scheele Clem & Bertie Schmidt John & Pauline Schone Gary & Lois Schrott Mike & Janet Schumacher Charmian Seright Mark & Tina Siebert Elmer & Carolyn Siefert Jeanne Siefert Sue Siefert Jackie Sims Sisters of St. Francis Jon & Amanda Stenger Mike & Liz Stenger Paul & Dolly Stirn Shawwn Diana Storms John & Marge Strange Ham & Jean Struewing Rebecca Stutz Glenn & Debbie Suttman Carl & Katherine Taul Samantha Tillett Jim & Kim Trader David & Shelly Ulrich Arlene Wachsmann Eugene & Rosalyn Walke James L. Walke Margie Walke Robert & Mary Anne Walsman Nathan & Natalie Wanstrath Rob & Candy Washburn Pat & Chris Weigel Andy & Eleen Weisenbach Ralph & Rosemary Wenning Virgil & Virginia Werner Howard & Bea Wessel Dennis & Andrea Westerfeld Cortney Widener Sally Widener Margaret Wilhelm Robert & Vicki Wilhelm Margaret L. Wilson Charlotte Wittekind & Bill Schoenberger Opal Yarber Charlie & Jill Zimmerman Robert & Robyn Zitnick

Thank you!

- The RAA would like to send a big thank you to the John A. Hillenbrand Foundation for their generous grant donation of $5,000. - The RAA would also like to thank the Columbus Area Arts Council for the $6,900 grant they awarded. There were 18 applicants and the RAA scored the highest with a score of 96. Hats off to our grant writer, Rachel Berkemeier!


The workshop was a success with 71 local children participating!

This was the 15th summer Prairie Fire Theater Workshop came to Batesville. “Peter Pan” was presented with directors Austin Sargent and Elizabeth Higbee playing Captain Hook and Tiger Lil.   71 student actors played Pirates, Indians, Lost Kids, Beasts, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Nana, the Crocodile, Mr & Mrs Darling and Tinkerbelle. Funding from the Indiana Arts Commissions and the Columbus Area Arts Council made this production possible. Plans are already underway for next summer, so mark your calendars now for the 3rd week in July, and join us for our 16th year!

RAA Newsletter - Fall 2013  

Quarterly newsletter for the Rural Alliance for the Arts. Batesville, Indiana. Find us online at