University of Southern Indiana

Art, Theatre & Culture

USI Society for Arts & Humanities
The USI Society for Arts and Humanities enriches the programs of the College of Liberal Arts and provides communication between the community and USI’s various art activities. In nurturing these relationships, the Society funds scholarships and provides support for innovative student development opportunities. Gifts have been used to enhance student research opportunities, travel to conferences, museums, concerts and exhibits, as well as film festivals. 

New Harmony
A community that began over two hundred years ahead of its time, New Harmony was first a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars, and educators who sought equality in communal living. Today, USI provides support to three programs that operate in New Harmony: 

  • Historic New Harmony: A unified program of the USI and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Historic New Harmony inspiries “renewal and fellowship between people and communities” through its programs and collections. This work nurtures a “living laboratory” by encouraging cultural and educational programs, while maintaining preservation of historic properties.
  • New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art: Established in 1975, the gallery provides a professional exhibition environment for artists and enhances the awareness of contemporary art.
  • New Harmony Theatre: Backed by a talented and energetic professional company, the New Harmony Theatre has grown into a first-rate regional and nationally renowned institution. With ticket sales covering less than half of production costs, it is the generosity of the Friends of New Harmony Theatre who help sustain the theatre's professionalism.

A gift to any of these programs encourages cultural awareness and research, provides the region with exceptional art, culture and recreation, as well as the preservation of historic properties and documents.

Historic Southern Indiana
Historic Southern Indiana, a heritage-based regional outreach program of USI, seeks to identify, preserve, enhance, and promote the historic, natural, and recreational resources of the 26-county region below or traversed by U.S. Highway 50. As a community outreach program, Historic Southern Indiana hosts workshops, produces publications, conducts visitor research, and coordinates with many groups to create a sense of regional identity and pride.

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