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Indiana State Poet Laureate Selected!

Shari Wagner of Westfield has been selected as the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.

Wagner teaches poetry and memoir writing at the Indiana Writers Center and literature for Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts seminar. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University – Bloomington and is the author of two poetry books, The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore. Her poems have been featured in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry and in Garrison Keillor’s radio program, The Writer’s Almanac. Continue reading the news release...

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Grants for Individual Artists

Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form of public benefit through the completed project. The deadline for application is February 5, 2016.

The application guidelines and the online grant application system are currently accessible on the IAC website and can be found at:

2016 Poetry Out Loud competition

Indiana high schools are encouraged to participate in Poetry Out Loud, an annual poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. For the past 11 years, the Indiana Arts Commission has organized the annual state finals competition to select one representative for the National Finals held in Washington, D.C.

Registration is currently open for the 2016 competition. Visit the IAC's Poetry Out Loud webpage for more information.

Other Poetry Out Loud News

National News!
In celebration of the National Endowment of the Arts 50th anniversary, a new "Poetry Ourselves" component will be added to the national finals featuring original poetry written by the Poetry Out Loud state finalists.  State Champions will be encouraged to submit a poem for consideration by the judge; however, participation in this competition is entirely optional.

Indiana News!
Indiana’s state Poetry Out Loud competition will also add an original writing competition called "Poetry from Within". Winners of the writing competion will be announced at the February 20, 2016 annual state recitation finals. Read more on the IAC's Poetry Out Loud webpage.

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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