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New Bicentennial Programs to be Announced!

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Governor's Arts Awards - Accepting Nominations Now!

Nominations for the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards are currently being accepted through 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on August 14. To read the nomination guidelines or to submit a nomination, click here.

Originally conceived in 1973, the Governor's Arts Awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education, and leadership in the arts, and at the same time build statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Indiana. 

Previous recipients of the state’s highest honor in the arts include 2013 recipients singer / songwriter John Hiatt; producer, actor, director Sydney Pollack; philanthropist Christel DeHaan; music educator Cynthia Hartshorn; and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan.

“This will mark the 22nd edition of the Governor’s Arts Awards, and will also serve as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Indiana Arts Commission,” said Lewis C. Ricci, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission. “We are also very excited that the awards will be recognized as a signature event of the Indiana Bicentennial. This will be a very special awards program.”

Questions about the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards should be directed to Rex Van Zant at 317-232-1273 or by email to   

New Regional Arts Partner for Region 8

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Brown County Community Foundation announced today that the Nashville-based nonprofit began serving as Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8 effective July 1, 2015.

“We are eager to have the Brown County Community Foundation represent the Commission and serve the cultural needs in Region 8,” said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. “This region of the state has a very high concentration of artists, arts organizations, and cultural programming providers. We are confident they will be well served by the partnership.”

Region 8 includes: Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties.

“The Brown County Community Foundation is honored to have been chosen to be the new Indiana Arts Commission Region 8 Arts Partner,” said Larry Pejeau, CEO of the Brown County Community Foundation. “The Board of Trustees has committed the organization’s discretionary grant dollars to support four areas of focus: early childhood education, the environment, health and wellness, and arts and cultural preservation. Expanding our ability to award state funded grant dollars to artists and arts organizations throughout the region is a natural fit for Brown County’s long and storied arts traditions. We welcome this opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of arts to our communities, our commitment to arts grant support and to advocating for increased arts funding.”

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Call for Artists: Bicentennial Plaza Sculptures

The IAC is partnering with the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) to select artists / artist teams to create two site-specific public art pieces recognizing the state’s 200th anniversary. The two unique site-specific sculptures will be located in the Indiana Bicentennial Plaza now
under construction west of the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more information, please visit the Bicentennial Plaza webpage.

Capacity Building: Request for Proposals

The Capacity Building Partnership Program will provide funding for programs that further develop the professional skills of the staff of cultural organizations, community leaders and / or individual artists.

Eligible nonprofit and public organizations wishing to partner with the IAC in order to produce programs such as a symposium, conference, lecture, or workshop must address one or more of four program goals: measuring and communicating community impact; artists as community leaders; strengthening community fabric; and best practices.

Proposed activities must be developed to include regional or state-wide audiences. Eligible applicants could receive up to $20,000 per project. The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015

For application instructions or more information, please visit the Capacity Building Partnership Program webpage.

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