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IAC > Grant Programs > Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites > Arts in the Parks, 2016 Arts in the Parks, 2016

We are not currently accepting applications for this cycle of the program.

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 draws 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 provides 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 are tailored to the unique assets represented in each park or forest property with minimum impact on DNR staff and property. Selected programs are 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


Application Review Process

Recordings from Application Review Panel Meetings

Each eligible application was 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 was open to the public, and applicants were invited and encouraged to attend to hear feedback.

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 click here and email Rex Van Zant.

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Indiana Arts Commission Indiana Arts Commission
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.

Arts in the Parks sponsoring agencies