Arts: 92 January 2019

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Indianapolis to host 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming

Indianapolis will be the host community for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming and the Indiana Historical Society will serve as the venue for the statewide convening of artists, arts administrators, arts educators, advocates and community leaders, which will take place October 24 - 25, 2019.

The theme for the 2019 Arts Homecoming is Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access: Arts for All. The conference will explore what "Arts for All means in practice. Learn more.

Help an artist in your community advance their career

Know an artist doing great work in your community? Let them know applications are open for the next cycle of Individual Advancement Program grants from the Arts Commission. Artists may request up to $2,000 in support of projects that will help advance their careers and have public benefit. The deadline to apply for the Individual Advancement Program is 4:30 p.m. (EST) February 7, 2019.

Organization grant program applications are open

The Indiana Arts Commission has posted program guidelines on the agency's website for Arts Organizations Support (I & II) and Arts Project Support grants for the upcoming fiscal year.

Applications for those grant programs are currently open and the deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. (EST) March 5, 2019. Applications must be made through the IAC's online system.

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

Arts Commission seeks qualified grant review panelists

The Indiana Arts Commission is seeking qualified individuals to serve as citizen grant review panelists in 2019. Panelists receive a modest stipend for their service. Depending on eligibility, mileage and lodging reimbursements may be available in addition to the stipend. Learn more.

Sharp promoted to Deputy Director of Programs

The Indiana Arts Commission has announced the promotion of Paige Sharp to the position of Deputy Director of Programs. Sharp joined the IAC in 2013 as Grants and Information Technology Manager. She most recently served as Program Director for the agency.

Cultural Districts among creative industry legislation pending

Four bills with potential impact on Indiana's creative industry, and one addressing tourism may be considered during this 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Senate Bill 255, Cultural District Development, permits a city, town or county that has an established Arts Commission certified cultural district to establish a cultural district development area (tax area) within the district to capture incremental sales tax and income tax and to be used only to benefit that tax area.

Senate Bill 152, Media Production Expenditure Income Tax Credit, would provide a refundable tax credit to taxpayers that make qualified production expenditures in the state of Indiana. The provision would reestablish a media production tax credit provision that expired in 2012.

House Bill 1070, Film and Media Production Rebate, would authorize the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to approve and issue a film and media production rebate to a qualified applicant who proposes to make a qualified production expenditure of at least $500,000 in the state of Indiana.

House Bill 1554, Performing Arts Center Admission Tax. Authorizes counties that have a population of less than 15,000 and own an indoor performing arts center with a seating capacity of at least 2,000 patrons, to impose a $1 admissions tax upon admissions to the center.

House Bill 1115, Tourism Development, would expire the Office of Tourism Development July 1, 2020, modify the office's duties and administrative structure, and transfer those duties to the Indiana Destination Development Corporation which is established through the legislation.

National report issued on cultural district governance

The Global Cultural Districts Network, a network of global centers of arts and culture established in 2014 to foster cooperation and knowledge-sharing among people planning and managing cultural districts, has issued a research report on the subject of cultural district governance. The desire of the research was to find the best practices to insure the right voices are heard during the planning of a cultural district. The report, Governance Models for Cultural Districts, was undertaken by James Doeser and Anna Marazuela Kim and explores the dimensions of governance through interviews, questionnaires and case studies.  Read the report.

National survey seeks to identify creative placemaking efforts

The Center for Community Progress is conducting a national survey to better understand how communities are using arts and culture to transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into community assets. The goal of the project is to ensure creative placemaking becomes better integrated into community revitalization strategies. By completing the 15-minute survey, your community may be selected to be featured in a publication reaching a national audience. The survey will remain open through February 20, 2019.

Submissions now open for Stellar Communities program

Madison's Ohio Theatre group buys adjacent store as part of expansion plans

Porter County opera house rises from near extinction to record growth

Greentown Glass Museum to renovate

Sculptures sought for Kokomo Sculpture Walk

Work begins on Fort Wayne public art master plan

What makes up quality of place?

State honors rural communities for quality of place efforts

State boasts 2017 tourism successes

Sweetwater Sound reports record year

Indy's Vonnegut Museum & Library seeks new home

Study examines 15 years of public participation in the arts

The next great city for artists: Des Moines?

This Florida mall aims to become an art destination

Cleveland Orchestra expands access to archives with two digital tools

Inside the battle to diversify orchestras one costly audition at a time

Creating ability-positive theatre for children

Building a more inclusive American theater

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