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The Indiana Arts Commission and 10 other Indiana arts organizations and cultural program providers are among the latest round of grants announced this week by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The NEA will award $82,357,050 in grants to fund 1,148 projects nationwide in the second major grant announcement of its 50th anniversary year. Grants will be awarded in 13 artistic disciplines or fields plus arts research, along with partnership agreements to U.S. states, jurisdictions, and regions.
Eleven awards will be made to nonprofit organizations and providers in Indiana, totaling $1,057,200. This includes $782,200 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Indiana Arts Commission for programs that benefit state residents. The state partnership agreements allow the NEA to extend its reach to every community in America.
"The citizens of Indiana who will benefit from the programs and services provided by these organizations, and those receiving direct grants from the Arts Commission, are grateful for the investment the NEA has made in the arts in our state," said Lewis C. Ricci, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission. "These grants represent an increase of nearly $95,000 in federal funding to the arts in Indiana over last year."
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Indiana Arts Commission. To mark the occasion, a special video was produced as part of the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards program. The video not only celebrated 50 years of service to the arts in Indiana, but the significant impact the arts play in the lives of Hoosiers.
The video features an original poem composed by Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner, and recited by 2016 Indiana Poetry Out Loud State Champion Grace Milligan. The video also features original music composed by Butler University music student Timothy Carlos, and performed by fellow Butler University music students Natalie Cole, violin; Logan Jones, viola; Kim Busic, cello; and Carol Weirich, piano.
The visual elements of the production were filmed, edited and produced by Think Ahead Studios, a division of Trendy Minds, in Indianapolis, and feature Indiana artists Jerry Karwowski, Frank Steans, Lexi Hiland, Matt McMahon, Emilia Floody, and Daren Redman.
If you were unable to attend the Governor's Arts Awards but would like to experience the tremendous young talent of our state's poets, musicians, graphic and media artists, click here.
Indiana State Poetry Out Loud Champion Grace Milligan (left), a senior at Twin Lakes High School in Monticello, represented Indiana earlier this month in the Poetry Out Loud national finals in Washington, D.C.
Milligan recited two poems in the semifinal round: "Hymn to God, my God, in My Sickness," by John Donne, and "La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad," by John Keats.
"Grace shared her selections with sensitivity and depth of understanding," said Sarah Fronczek, IAC Community Development Manager and Indiana Poetry Out Loud program coordinator. "Her recitations reflected compassion, communicated effectively through the instrument of the spoken word."
Grace will attend Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana next year.
Akhei Togun, a senior at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia won the title of 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
(Photo by Laura Harris)
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.