Arts Commission Announces New Federally Funded Grant Program for Artists with Disabilities

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently announced it will begin accepting grant applications for a new, federally-funded component of the Individual Artist Program (IAP).

The new Artist Access grant category, supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), will permit artists with disabilities to receive grants of up to $2,000 for projects that will have a positive impact on their career development.

"This one-time, federally-funded project will enable us to specifically reach an important segment of Hoosier artists," said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. "With the funds available, we anticipate being able to award approximately 12 to13 grants."

Artists in the following disciplines may apply to the program: crafts; design; media arts; folk arts; photography; visual arts; dance; literature; music or theatre. All grant applications must be made through the IAC's online grants system.

Complete program guideline and application information may be found on the IAC website. Deadline for application is February 1, 2010.

The IAC will host two additional grant application workshops with a special focus toward first time grant writers and emerging artists interested in the Artist Access category. Specifics of the Artist Access program and grant writing tips will be offered at both workshop sessions.

Date:  November 12, 2009
Time:  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Indianapolis Museum of Art, Adult Lecture Space B, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis

Date:  November 19, 2009 *
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Indianapolis Museum of Art, Multi-Purpose Room, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
* Sign language interpretation will be provided at this workshop.

For more information about the Artist Access Program, to RSVP for a workshop or arrange for special accommodations at workshops, please contact Kristina Davis-Smith at 317-232-1279 or email  Upon request, a free call-in number will be provided to artists with disabilities who are not able to attend these dates in person.  Special accommodations must be requested at least five business days prior to the workshop date.