812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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Janis Ian Master Class in Artistry

Presented by: Stone Age Institute

Where: Monroe County Public Library


Monday, March 2nd 7:00 pm Buy Tickets


Limit of 4 tickets per person
Photo of Janis Ian holding a guitarThe Stone Age Institute, through a grant from the Kaman Foundation, is proud to present the Janis Ian Master Class In Artistry. Janis Ian has given master classes in both conventional and unconventional settings, including Berklee College, UCLA, Belmont University, the Chino Correctional Facility, and the Lyons Folk Festival, to name a few. Her presentations include live performances, her take on the history of music (“from the caveman to syphilis and its effect on the arts”), and personal anecdotes based on Ian’s three decades of experience as a writer, performer, and business person. If time permits, there will be a free-wheeling Q&A.

This class is not only for songwriters! It’s for anyone interested in the arts, musical or otherwise. Topics covered include the fundamentals of performing, tricks of the trade, business do’s and don’ts, and how to nurture your creativity, and an extended Q&A period.

A professional singer/songwriter since the age of 14, Janis Ian has made 17 albums and had her songs recorded by a diverse group of artists including Celine Dion, Mel Torme, Better Midler, Chet Atkins, John Mellencamp, Roberta Flack, and Cher. In addition to her stellar career in music (9 nominations and 3 Grammy awards to her credit), Ian trained for a decade under noted acting teacher Stella Adler. She also studied with Nina Foch, Jose Quintero, and Chao Shao Lin of the Peking Opera Company, as well as with Dora Krannig of the Royal Ballet. Berklee College calls Ian’s class “An open-ended, free-wheeling graduate-level seminar featuring one of the best live performances we’ve ever seen. Bring your questions and a hearty appetite for knowledge!”

Janis Ian will be performing at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater the night before the master class alongside Livingston Taylor. Click here for tickets and more information.

The Master Class will be held in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium, on the lower level. This is a free, but ticketed event. Online and phone orders close at 5pm on March 2.  Doors to the venue will open at 6:30pm and seating will be general admission. Any tickets that are still available at that time will be available at the door. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

Where to find your Will-Call: Until 5pm on the day of the event, the tickets will be available at the BCT Box Office {114 E Kirkwood Ave, (812) 323-3020. Open Monday-Friday 11 AM – 6 PM // Saturday & Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM}. Any remaining Will-Call will be available at the door at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium at 6:30pm.

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303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) serves the 138,000 citizens of Monroe County, Indiana, through the Main Library in downtown Bloomington, the Ellettsville Branch, and the Bookmobile. The library’s special services include the Learn and Play Space, a preschool discovery center; VITAL, an adult literacy program; CATS, a five-channel community access television network; the Indiana Room, a local history and genealogy collection and grants center (part of the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collections National Network); and service to inmates at the Monroe County Correctional Center. The library is wheelchair accessible, with ramp access, elevators, and accessible bathrooms.

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The Promoter

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1392 W Dittemore Rd, Gosport, IN 47433

The Stone Age Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3), independent research center dedicated to the archaeological study of human origins and technological development. International in scope, the purpose of the Stone Age Institute is to advance research and education in human origins studies, including fellowship support to visiting scholars, publication of books and articles, mentoring the next generation of scientists drawn from global talent and intellect, and educational outreach to the general public. Stone Age Institute funding provides support to in-house researchers and staff, enhances laboratories and research projects, enables the Institute to host visiting scientists, and sponsors lecture programs and education initiatives.


Although the Stone Age Institute is an autonomous research organization, it has strong ties with Indiana University, especially CRAFT (the Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology) and the Human Evolutionary Studies Program, both of which are also co-directed by Indiana University Anthropology Professors Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth. Presently, Institute scientists have a number of research projects underway, including work at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, and the Nihewan Basin, China, research with primates, brain imaging and biomechanics. The Institute is also involved with informal science education programs centered around the multi-faceted From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web™ project, such as the related science education website, the exhibit, “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web,” at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University Campus, and the science education songs performed by The Stone Age Institute Band.

The facility includes a world-class research library on early prehistory and an extensive artifact collection donated by the late J. Desmond Clark, professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, the library collections of Alan Walker, professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University have been donated to the Stone Age Institute’s growing resources.

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