Indianapolis Ballet | K. Philip Watts Named ISB’s Inaugural Karl R. Zimmer, Jr. Patron of the Year
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K. Philip Watts Named ISB’s Inaugural Karl R. Zimmer, Jr. Patron of the Year

24 May K. Philip Watts Named ISB’s Inaugural Karl R. Zimmer, Jr. Patron of the Year


The Indianapolis School of Ballet has begun a new legacy of appreciation with the creation of the Karl R. Zimmer, Jr. Patron of the Year Award. This award will annually recognize an outstanding individual whose love of ballet and support of the ISB echo those of the founding board member Zimmer, Jr., and his wife, Barbara.

At the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s Annual Gala on May 21,  Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras was honored to be joined by Zimmer, Jr.’s children Karl R. Zimmer III, and Kaarina in recognizing K. Philip Watts as the award’s inaugural recipient.

The late Mr. Zimmer was dedicated to ballet and dance education, and his support was instrumental in establishing the Indianapolis School of Ballet, where he served as the first Board Chair from 2006 to 2009. He continued to support the school as Board Chair Emeritus.

“Mr. Zimmer remains the guardian angel of Indianapolis Ballet,” according to Lyras.

The Zimmers were important community members through their extensive volunteer work, and worked tirelessly to make Indianapolis a place where culture and the arts could thrive. Among the numerous boards Mr. Zimmer has served on, he was a counselor, an advocate and a staunch supporter of all who had a vision and a passion for the arts, and his generous help has allowed many gifted artists to achieve their creative aspirations.

Watts has played an enormous role, not just in the success of the Indianapolis School of Ballet, but also to the entire Central Indiana community. Mr. Watts was President of Indianapolis Office Supply from 1969-1993, President of the Athenaeum Foundation from 1994-2008 semi-retired and served as a board member of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Mr. Watts is also a founding board member or the Indianapolis School of Ballet and continues to serve, 11 years later.

Mr. Watts has three grown children, is a graduate of Indiana University, and has done graduate work at Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern.

Indianapolis School of Ballet family in honoring K. Philip Watts.

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