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Vote for the IMA’s Next Top Blogger

THE CHALLENGE

On January 6, 2010 we announced that the IMA was searching for its next blogger and outlined the rules of the contest.

The IMA is searching for its next blogger and we want you! Interested in sharing your thoughts about the IMA from an “outsider’s” perspective? Not afraid to muse publicly about the museum’s programs and exhibitions? Able to attend IMA events and willing to submit 300-600 words once a month? Then you could be the blogger for the job.

THE FINALISTS

After receiving dozens of submissions, the IMA narrowed the field to 5. Over the course of the last 5 weeks, we posted the candidates blog entries. Each had to answer the following questions:

Tell us a little about yourself:
Tell us a story. We want to know how good your yarn-spinning skills are, so give your best anecdote involving an experience you’ve had at the museum.
Why should you be an IMA blogger?

Review the Finalist’s Posts…

THE VOTE

Whose voice do you want to hear on a monthly basis? Blog readers, it’s time for you to decide! From now until March 23 at 11:59 pm you can vote for your favorite finalist.  The winner will be announced on March 24. Don’t forget, what’s at stake – The IMA’s Next Top Blogger gets a free membership to the IMA, invitations to special events throughout the year, and the opportunity to share her thoughts about art, design, the natural environment, and the IMA with the world.

Who Will Be the IMA's Next Top Blogger?

  • Katie Neville (55%, 6,652 Votes)
  • Jessica Hancock (41%, 4,936 Votes)
  • Jenni Clarkson (2%, 192 Votes)
  • Crystal Hammon (1%, 167 Votes)
  • Heather McAlister (1%, 158 Votes)

Total Voters: 12,105

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38 Responses to “Vote for the IMA’s Next Top Blogger”

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    Jessica Hancock Says:

    Thank you, IMA, for this wonderful opportunity! If chosen, I will NOT disappoint :)

    Good luck to the other finalists!

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    Heather McAlister Says:

    Thanks to all who vote and good luck to Jessica, Katie, Crystal and Jenni! I’m just an “average, everyday person” who enjoys art and writing. I would like the opportunity to be the IMA Blogger so I can hopefully entice readers and other “average, everyday people” to visit IMA and enrich their lives with art, too!
    Heather McAlister

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    Just being a finalist in this pack of writers is pretty nice. It’s been fun to read posts by Heather, Jessica, Jenni, and Katie. And equally as fun to see how social media drives communication and readership. (Hey, where are all the male bloggers of the world? Surely, it’s not just us girls!) Thanks to all the readers and voters. Don’t need the crown, but it sure would be fun to write here!

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    Jessica, I love your sense of ease, humility and generosity. I think you would be great!

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    Marta Blades Says:

    Jessica….She GETS it, the deeper meaning, the visual, the emotional.
    She GETS ART,she GETS Torres, she is bright, it shines in her writing. She is living in the 21st century….
    and in BROAD Ripple…..who can ask for anything more?

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    Grace Says:

    uhh, hey Marta, Katie is the one who wrote about Torres and lives in Broad Ripple..

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    Marta Blades Says:

    Ouch……Jack, my darling dog, was seriously sitting by the front door, waiting for his walk, as I was writing my comment (in other words, I was rushed…)
    I voted for Katie, I love Katie’ style and grace, and I said:
    Katie, She GETS it, the deeper meaning, the visual, the emotional. She GETS ART,she gets Torres, she is bright, it shines in her writing.
    She lives in the 21st century – AND Broad Ripple….Who can ask for anything more?

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    Reganne Says:

    Marta,
    I am fairly certain each of these ladies is living in the 21st century. Just because someone lives in Broad Ripple doesn’t mean they are the only person who can understand and appreciate art. We are also to assume since someone lives in Broad Ripple they know everything about barhopping and partying? No, that would be an opinion and not a fact. It’s that type of opinion/assumption which hinders some people from visiting cultural areas of our city. Being able to communicate to others concerning art isn’t dicated by your zip code. Voters need pick the person they think will best communicate what IMA has to offer, not someone based upon their zip code.
    Reganne

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    Gayla McAlister Says:

    reganne- Well said!

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    Marta Says:

    Reganne, Obviously you are not a fan of Torres….Katie Neville has a BA in Art History, and I loved her essay, because it was well written, and it focused on art. Last I heard, Broad Ripple was a designated “art district” in Indianapolis.

    I do not know Katie, do not even live in Indianapolis,but I do respect the IMA a great deal, would just like the BEST blogger….

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    Reganne Says:

    Marta,
    I do not remember saying I wasn’t a fan of Torres, so please don’t make assumptions you can’t back up with facts. Also, each of these ladies hold a college degree of some sort, so having an Art degree doesn’t make someone more superior than anyone else. Had that been the case, I believe the IMA would have restricted the contest to those holding Art degrees. From what I remember each of the bloggers wrote about their own unique experiences at the IMA and with art.
    I do live in Indianapolis and the last I heard, Broad Ripple has quite the reputation as the designated “bar scene” in Indianapolis, too. My point is, just because someone lives in a specific area of the city doesn’t automatically qualify them to be the best representative. Each submission was well written and each writer would contribute something special to those who read the IMA blog.
    R.A.

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    Ellen Says:

    Just a note in that actually 4 out of 5 wrote about “experiences at IMA,” and one wrote about the Art Institute of Chicago.

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    Ellen Says:

    Did anyone else find that odd? Could she not find anything at IMA to write about? Who did she want to blog for?

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    Marta Says:

    My reference to living in the 21st century was meant more in the intellectual, than the physical sense, and Broad Ripple is in the heart of the city……I found that fitting, for an institution involving ALL
    of the city of Indianapolis.

    I don’t quite understand this obsession with bars in Broad Ripple…and,

    I am certain that all canditates are most capable, and knowledgeable. and lovely.

    With 45 years Involvement in the arts I have some experience in the field. I simply stated MY opinion, in a quest for quality.

    By the way, my zip- code is 27101. What’s yours?

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    Khristie Says:

    I do believe that Katie wrote about The Chicago School of Art because it was a memorable experience that she wanted to share about art affecting her personally. Art is everywhere in the world, should it matter where she was to experience? What a blogger does is express the art in her words for others to enjoy and in MY opinion Katie shared her experience in her words so much that I felt like I was there by her side. To me….that is a blogger. I do not care what museum she attended to have her experience, the experience is what I want to read about.

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    Ellen Says:

    It is obvious that Katie is well-educated and writes well. However, the instructions (above) were to “give your best anecdote involving an experience you’ve had at the museum.” I perceive, since the request and instructions were from IMA that when they say “THE museum” that they meant IMA. It just concerns me that she couldn’t find something of value to write about in Indianapolis, since she wants to blog for IMA. Why did she write about Chicago and not Indianapolis? Since she didn’t write about Indianapolis, I cannot in good conscience compare her to the other four who did write about IMA. Did she feel there was nothing in Indy to write about? This is to blog for IMA, after all.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Seems to me she would not have been in the top 5 if the evaluating staff felt that her entry did not meet their criteria. So let’s get past the nit-picking and look at what each finalist has to offer.

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    Reganne Says:

    Marta,
    My zipcode is 46240… I live in Indianapolis… so why don’t worry about art in Winston-Salem, NC instead of thinking you know so much about Indianapolis? Thanks!!

    To Ellen,
    I agree with you that Katie did not write about an experience at the IMA. That was in the original call for bloggers. You were supposed to write about an experience at the IMA. In my humble opinion, I think that would be grounds for disqualification. Obviously it wasn’t that big of a deal with the IMA staff who were picking finalist? If I were the other four finalists, I would be upset that one person didn’t have to meet the same criteria. Perhaps it was because Katie has a BA in Art and lives in Broad Ripple??

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    Khristie Says:

    Or perhaps it is because (in my opinion) Katie is the only one who actually captured art in her words in her blog? That would be why I voted for Katie.

    Reganne, do you think that only people in Indiana will be the ones reading the blogs for the IMA? I will tell you that you are wrong. So if someone from another state wants to vote and say their opinion of who they like they can. The lovely thing about the internet is it is World Wide. The IMA can connect with people everywhere and with that hope they will come visit their museum. Isn’t that what they really want…people to come visit their museum?

    We are all adults here, right? Okay, lets start behaving like them and get on with the contest. We have the 5 contestants to choose from for the bloggership that IMA chose for us to vote for. May the best blogger win. Good luck to all contestants.

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    Meg Says:

    Thank you to all for voting and for commenting. I’m happy to know that we have readers who are passionate about their blog. It’s been really informative to read the lively discussion that has taken place as a result of this contest. Let me note that the IMA is excited about each one of these potential bloggers and feels that all would do a wonderful job representing the perspective of a museum visitor. With 2 more weeks before the end of the contest, there is still time to vote and to offer your support for your favorite.

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    Bob Says:

    I find it comical that you have all descended to fickle bickering rather than pointing out the strong points in your argument for IMA’s Next Blogger.

    All differences aside it is clear to me that Katie, while not writing about IMA was able to draw me into her story and make me want to visit a museum (any museum) to view the work and experience for myself what she felt upon experiencing the Torres Exhibit. So while Katie might not have followed the contest instructions she does exhibit the qualities I believe IMA is looking for in a blogger, she moved me to visit a museum and experience what she experienced. For me that is quite a feat, since the last museum I visited was IMA as a student in elementary school.

    It’s my opinion that while all contestants exhibited desirable qualities that Katie’s blog really stood out from the others because it moved me to want to visit the IMA and experience art. So it doesn’t really matter where one lives or what level of education one has…neither of these qualities are dependent on ones ability to express art through words. And I feel that Katie did an excellent job of expressing the art piece through words.

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    Lee Says:

    I think the blog contest cut off date should be sooner. It’s obvious now it’s about who wants it more, which will equal who can be on the computer the longest.

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    Lee Says:

    It also would have helped if the results weren’t posted after each vote.

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    Anonymous Says:

    I think all 5 should win.

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    Laura Still Says:

    I vote for Jessica Hancock. She sounds very bright and intellegent and I hope she wins.

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    Jessica Hancock Says:

    Wow… thank you to everyone and their kind words to the other bloggers and myself! I am BEYOND surprised that I would have this many votes. Seriously, it is mind-boggling. Thanks to everyone who has voted & continues to show their interest in the IMA.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Beyond surprised?? There is obviously some serious ballot stuffing goin on

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    Anonymous Says:

    Hopefully the IMA takes the ballot stuffing in to consideration before making their decision. It is rather embarassing.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Meg,
    I hope you are reading these comments. Does the end justify the means?

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    Anonymous Says:

    Wow.

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    A. N. Onymous Says:

    OK, I’m thinking that several of the folks who have commented on here should just set a time to meet in front of LandShark’s in Broad Ripple and have a smack-down on the sidewalk. Maybe you could post the time so that Meg could show up with that video camera in her blog photo?

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    Mike Says:

    OK people…really…this is a online web poll for an art museum in Indianapolis to determine who will be an unpaid volunteer to fill in a gap for the IMA on their website. In other words – its a way to turn their lack of resources and time into a contest to make it appear as if someone is winning a prize.

    #1 – Who cares enough about it to get that emotionally involved to be angry over any aspect of the voting?

    #2 – “Ballot stuffing” is a pretty lame term in a contest where someone can vote as many times as they want for any candidate.

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    Anonymous Says:

    I think the 5 contestants are invested in this contest and care enough about it. It may not be a big deal to you, but to the 5 contestants this is an opportunity to write about art. Who knows…may this could change something in their life? Who are you to down play the importance of this contest.

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    Mike Says:

    LOL…you totally misunderstand my point and are trying to just play advocate. I am not attempting to “down play the importance of the contest.” I am downplaying the importance of how much policing the survey needs. I think if the contest is important to someone and they want to vote 5,000 times in a day and “stuff the ballot” then so be it. I could care less how much “ballot stuffing” is taking place, as some on here have been suggesting and whining. May the most competitive win, in my opinion.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Congats Katie!

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    Marta Says:

    Pandora’s box is herewith closed….

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