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“Art in Jackson County and Seymour is hands on,” Southern Indiana Center for the Arts Office Manager Carman Jessup said of SICA’s summer activities.

But SICA, and subsequently its summer activities, might not have survived if not in part for the efforts of one man, Don Hill. Hill has many achievements — he is a retired art teacher from Seymour High School, served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio dispatcher during Korea, is an Elks Member, has campaigned to help Riley Children’s Hospital, and is the 2008 recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award, one of the highest civilian honors a state can bestow — but it was his work for SICA that won him recognition at May 30 evening’s SICA Friday Night Live concert.

“When the future of the art center seemed bleak, Don rallied support from the John Mellencamp fan club to donate, he actively sought donations, he designed the print museum and built the furniture to hold the exhibits,” musician Gary Myers said during his introduction of Hill on Friday.

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