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Karl R. Zimmer, Jr. Patron of the Year

Karl R. Zimmer, Jr. Patron of the Year

The Indianapolis School of Ballet began a new legacy of appreciation in 2017 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. 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.


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,” said Indianapolis School of Ballet founding artistic director Victoria Lyras.


At the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s Annual Gala on May 21,  Lyras was joined by Zimmer, Jr.’s children Karl R. Zimmer, III, and Kaarina in honoring K. Philip Watts with the inaugural award.


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.


Please join everyone in the Indianapolis School of Ballet family in honoring K. Philip Watts.