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Arts in the Parks Arts in the Parks

The application deadline for this program has passed.


Program Description

This grant program offers up to $3000 art project funds to eligible individual artists and nonprofit organizations. See the program guidelines for eligibility, requirements, and more information.

Arts in the Parks will draw upon traditional and non-traditional arts and artists in Indiana, weaving arts into our state’s natural beauty and rural settings. Arts in the Parks provides funding for arts program related projects that encourage the creation of and public engagement with art about the Indiana state park/forest system. Funding will provide nonprofit organizations and individual artists to bring arts programs, services and artist in residencies to local communities in participating state parks and forests promoting public engagement in the state park/forest system.

Program related projects and/or arts activities to the public (tourists, visitors, local residents, etc.) may include, but are not limited to: artist residencies, performing arts events, exhibitions, educational residencies, and hands-on arts activities for citizens and visitors of all ages. Programs should be tailored to the unique assets represented in each park or forest property with minimum impact on DNR staff and property. Selected programs will be required to conform with DNR Rules and Regulations as well as Natural Resources Commission policies.

Program Timeline

*All times Eastern (EST)

CY2016 Grant Period, programs occur January 1–December 31, 2016
CY2016 Final Grant Report due for organizations January 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM
CY2016 Final Grant Report due for Individuals January 18, 2017 at 4:30 PM

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online through the IAC's online grants system. A “physical” copy is no longer required or accepted. Please note that your online submission indicates your agreement with, and adherence to, entire Arts in the Park Program Guidelines document, including its embedded website links.

All applicants and grant recipients are required to create and update profile information in the online IAC grants system. Profile information must contain the current, primary contact’s email address. IAC staff cannot provide advanced technical help for computer or software-related problems. For problems with the Online Grant System, contact the grants manager at or (317) 232-1278.


Grant Information Workshops & Webinars

Grant Information Webinars

  • August 11 Webinar for Individuals - A recording of this webinar can be accessed here.
  • August 12 Webinar for Organizations - A recording of this webinar can be accessed here.

Application Review Process

Recordings from Application Review Panel Meetings

Each eligible application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free panel comprised of both arts and environmental professionals using the Arts in the Park program's Application Review Criteria. The panel review will be open to the public, and applicants are invited and encouraged to attend to hear feedback. If you plan on attending, please review the Audience Information document.

Participating State Parks & Forests

To see a list of participating properties, please click here.

Logos & Credit Guidelines

Arts in the Parks grant recipients must use the IAC, DNR, and Bicentennial logos for acknowledgment and credit on all printed documents related to the funded project. In instances where all three logos cannot be used, grantees should include the written text "This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources." 

Click the links below to download a JPEG of each logo. If you have any questions or if you need an alternative version of a logo, please email

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Bicentennial Bicentennial


Arts in the Parks is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, this program will enable Indiana citizens to not only enjoy arts activities at Indiana State Parks, but also celebrates the Indiana Bicentennial, the Centennial of Indiana State Parks, and the 50th Anniversary of the IAC.