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Arts in the Parks & Indiana Masterpiece Grantees Announced!

The Indiana Arts Commission has approved 139 grants for projects associated with the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial. Coupled with Arts Project Support grants approved at the Commission’s June meeting, a total of 197 Bicentennial Legacy Projects have been approved by the Commission this year. 

76 of the projects will be for the Arts in the Parks program, a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) enabling the creation of arts activities for the public to enjoy at parks and forests across the state. Forty-seven of the projects will be led by individual artists working directly with the DNR properties, and 29 projects will be conducted by arts organizations or cultural program providers.

35 will be part of the Indiana Masterpiece program designed to showcase the state’s art history and its prominent creative figures. Indiana arts organizations and cultural programming providers will create special productions, commissions, exhibitions, performances, and / or artistic celebrations.

Click here to see the grant recipient lists.

NEA announces grants to eight Indiana arts providers

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the awarding of eight grants totaling $145,000 to arts organizations and cultural programming providers in Indiana for the fall of fiscal year 2016.

In its first 50 years, the NEA awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdictions, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. To inaugurate the next 50 years of funding, the NEA will award $27.7 million to support 1,126 projects in 49 states and jurisdictions in the first round of FY 2016 funding. Grants were awarded in the disciplines of Artist Communities, Folk & Traditional Arts, Media Arts, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater & Musical Theater, and Opera.

To read the full press release, click here.

Regional Initiative Grants Due March 1 or 3, 2016

The Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) program provides funding to arts organizations in order to ensure all Indiana citizens have access to quality arts and cultural activities. RIG programs include:

  • Arts Project Support grants (open FY17)
  • Arts Operating Support I (open FY17)
  • Arts Operating Support II (not available FY17)

These grants are managed through the Regional Arts Parnters, which are community-based Indiana organizations that focus on providing better access to a variety of arts services within their designated counties. All applications to these programs should be submitted through the IAC's online grant system, but other details such as payments and contracts are handled through the Regional Arts Partners.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Program guidelines and reporting deadlines vary by region. Please contact your Regional Arts Partner for more information about the following RIG programs.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the Indiana Bicentennial Governor's Arts Awards and Indiana Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration! This one-night event will take place on April 9, 2016 at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts of Butler University (610 W 46th Street in Indianapolis).

United States of Art

Since the beginning of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. This project entitled "United States of Art" is part of the NEA's 50th anniversary celebration -- and you're invited to join! Share your arts story here.

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