Arts: 92 November 2018

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

2018 homecoming

Record attendance for 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming

More than 300 people from 41 Indiana counties attended the second annual Indiana Arts Homecoming October 18 - 19, 2018 in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana setting a new attendance record for the annual two-day convening of the arts. Hosted in partnership with Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the conference brought together artists, arts administrators, arts educators, elected officials, economic development and tourism professionals to network and learn ways to make the arts more central to creative placemaking.

"From our local partner, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne to our primary sponsor, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, we could not have asked for greater community support of our statewide conference," said IAC Deputy Director Miah Michaelsen. "The sponsorship enabled us to provide more than 50 scholarships to enable greater participation in the convening."

The annual conference was launched in 2017 to bring together the state's arts community and civic leaders dedicated to finding new ways to make the arts central to quality of life.

Would your community like to host 2020 Arts Homecoming?

The Indiana Arts Commission is seeking a host community for the 2020 Indiana Arts Homecoming. In 2018 the conference was hosted at the Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne downtown Arts Campus. In 2019, the conference will return to the Indianapolis area, but the Commission is planning ahead to take the 2020 Homecoming back to a community in another part of the state.  Learn more.

Study: arts & cultural nonprofits face unique challenges

Indiana University's study revealing that arts and culture nonprofits face "significant challenges": may not come as a shock. It's goal wasn't to surprise though - it was to identify the strengths and weaknesses of those nonprofits and be a resource for the Indiana Arts Commission. Learn more.

AFTA launches Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Network

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) recently announced the launch of the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network to share resources, highlight opportunities, and elevate the great work of arts and culture leaders of color around the country. AFTA's plans for this network to include:

  • Bi-monthly roundups featuring podcasts, blogs, and training sessions
  • Quarterly video "coffee hours" with leaders and experts in the field
  • A LinkedIn group to strengthen professional connections
  • A dedicated member listserv
  • Staff liaisons for technical assistance and support

The network is open to both AFTA members as well as non-members. Those who are non-members and would like to be added to an informational email list for group updates, send an email message to Ruby Lopez Harper at

Interested in becoming an AFTA member? Learn more.

Applications now open for Destination Development grants

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development recently announced applications are open for Destination Development Grant program.

Cities, towns, counties, and nonprofit entities located in Indiana and involved with tourism promotion and development are eligible for the grant.

Grant requests of between $50,000 and $250,000 will be considered through this competitive application process. Entities that have previously received a Destination Development Grant may not apply for additional funds for a two-year period from the date of their last award.

The deadline for application is 4 p.m. (EST) December 3, 2018. Award announcements are expected on March 11, 2019. Learn more.

New Main Street mural brings 'selfie spot,' celebrates Evansville

Community Foundation helps bring newest mural to downtown Greenfield

Downtown Connersville murals will be celebrated after public picks the designs

Artists work to create cooperative workspace in Goshen

Eagles Theatre project lands matching grant

LaFontaine Arts Council working to make downtown Huntington an arts district

Notre Dame to offer nonprofit graduate degree

Christel DeHaan retiring as CEO from education nonprofit she founded in 1998

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance names new CEO

American Theatre Wing honors Bloomington's Cardinal Stage

Michael Bloomberg to give $100 million to midsize arts nonprofits

Florida arts groups received little funding last year. This year, they are watching

Arts education could be the key to student engagement

Breaking down barriers in the arts for people with disabilities

Artists advance civic engagement in St. Louis

Art deepens connections with veterans

The women who built America's regional theatre

What gentrification does to communities

The survey says, Americans like the arts

Jersey City is getting a new performing arts center

Mural Arts Philadelphia debuts new augmented reality mural

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