Arts Commission fine tunes artist grant program

IAC-Press Release

November 27, 2017


Rex Van Zant

Director of Marketing and Communications


Arts Commission fine tunes artist grant program

(Indianapolis, Indiana) The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today it is expanding the reach of its grant program for individual artists.

"In keeping with the goals and objectives of our current strategic plan, all of our grant programs now have an increased focus on community engagement and public benefit," said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. "The focus of our grant program for individual artists has been, and will continue to be, career development. But now, in addition, successful applicants will demonstrate direct benefits to their communities."

Formerly known as the Individual Artist Program, the name has been revised to the "Individual Advancement Program."

The program will now also offer an early career category serving artists who have been pursuing their arts career for less than five years, excluding formal or apprenticeship training in their discipline. These applicants will be reviewed by a separate panel from the ones that review applications from more experienced artists.

"The Commission is committed to helping emerging artists build a successful career by offering a way for their work to be reviewed among peers with similar levels of experience," Ricci explained.

Another change in the program will impact artists who have previously received grants from the Individual Artist Program. Artists who are currently receiving grants must now wait two grant cycles before they can again apply in the same category.

"The IAP grant program has always been a highly competitive process, and grantees should be proud to have their work recognized with a grant," Ricci said. "We look forward to future applications as they again become eligible, and see where their careers have taken them just as we are eager to assist the careers of emerging artists."

The IAC is currently developing training materials for the revised program and should soon have these completed and posted to the IAC website.

The deadline for application to the Individual Advancement Program is 4:30 p.m. (EST) February 15, 2018.

For more information about the Individual Advancement Program, contact Anna Tragesser, Artist and Community Services Manager,, or call 317-232-1281.

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