April 7, 1975.
On this day, the Cliff Keuter Dance Company began an artists-in-residency at IUPUI hosted by the School of Physical Education. The residency received financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Indiana Arts Commission. Cliff Keuter was a noted professional dancer and his dance company toured widely around the United States.
During the week, the dancers put on master classes and performances at the school's gymnasium, located at Leinert's Gym Camp on west 64th Street on the northside of Indianapolis. This was where the School of Physical Education sojourned since vacating the Athenaeum several years before and moving into the Natatorium on its completion in 1982. Their residency concluded with a performance on April 11 at a local theater at 18th and Alabama Streets.
In its early years, IUPUI strove to provide arts events and education to the Indianapolis community, hosting musicians, dancers, artists, and other performers. The appearance of the dance company was part of a four-day-long Fine Arts Festival. The germ of the idea arose among students who wished to unite the disjointed university as well as to promote it in the larger Indianapolis community. Art exhibitions, theater, and musical performances all occurred.
To explore IUPUI's efforts to host arts events to enrich Indianapolis, one should dive into records in the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. To learn more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.