Arts Commission accepting applications for PACE program grant proposals

IAC-Press Release

July 27, 2017


Rex Van Zant

Director of Marketing and Communications


Arts Commission accepting applications for PACE grant program

(Indianapolis, Indiana) The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today it is currently accepting applications for its Partnering Arts, Community, and Education (PACE) grant program.

The IAC seeks up to five new partnerships for the PACE program. PACE program grants fund partnership activities between a school and a community arts organization to provide regular arts integration experiences in the classroom. The PACE program aims to assist lower performing schools with significant numbers of at-risk students through arts residencies.

Proposed programs should be appropriate for grades 2 - 5, should occur regularly across the entire school year, and should use arts integration techniques to connect arts learning with literacy learning.

Previously granted partnerships include theatre companies, dance companies, community arts education organizations, and visual arts organizations. Details on current PACE partnerships can be found on the IAC website

"The arts can be a valuable tool in not only engaging the interest of young students, but giving them a different path of learning and comprehending," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director.

Applicants must be either a 501(c)3 arts organization or eligible school, and be located in one of the following IAC service regions: 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, or 12. Applicants may request a maximum grant amount of $10,000. Applications are due November 1, 2017.

Grant applicants must review their eligibility by phone with the IAC Arts Education Manager prior to applying. Contact Stephanie Haines at 317-232-1274. Potential applicants can find the program eligibility requirements at

The PACE program was established in 2014 as the Commission's new initiative to promote arts education and impact student growth and achievement. PACE is intended to assist and enable elementary schools and artists / arts organizations in establishing long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships.

For more information, contact Stephanie Haines at 317-232-1274 or email

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.