Arts: 92 February 2019

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

homecoming sessions

Arts Commission seeks Arts Homecoming session proposals

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.

Deadline near for organization grant program applications

The deadline is approaching  for Arts Organizations Support (I & II) and Arts Project Support grant applications 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 your Regional Arts Partner.

NEA announces first round grants to Indiana artists, providers

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced two individual artists and nine nonprofit arts providers will share $215,000 in grants awarded during the first round of fiscal year 2019 funding.

The NEA announced more than $27 million in grants to be awarded in all 50 state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This is the first of two major grant announcements in fiscal year 2019 and includes three of the agency's funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Learn more.

We think you could be an excellent grant panelist

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.

Fifteen to contest 2019 Poetry Out Loud competition

Fifteen finalists will compete this coming Saturday, February 16, 2019 in the Indiana Poetry Out Loud State Finals at the Indiana State Library. The library is located at 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana. The competition begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

Contestants include:

  • Stefany Benegas of Pike High School in Indianapolis
  • Marna Davis of Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School in Ferninand
  • Joshua Fisher of Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw,
  • Coen Formanek of Monroe Central Jr./Sr. High School in Parker City
  • Adam Freeland of Franklin Community High School in Franklin
  • Lauren Jordanich of La Lumiere School in La Porte
  • Lauren Lutz of Lapel High School in Lapel
  • Rebecca Moore of Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School in Columbus
  • Zoe Moore of Homestead High School in Fort Wayne
  • Sarah Naidu of University High School in Carmel
  • Madalyn Pedigo of West Washington Jr./Sr. High School in Campbellsburg
  • Sophaia Prabhu-Hensley of Herron High School in Indianapolis
  • Lucia Walker of Bloomington South High School in Bloomington
  • Lila Ward of Eagle Tech Academy in Columbia City
  • Madeline Woodrow of Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Indiana State Library.

Legislative update: some creative industry bills progress

In our last issue, we told you about the introduction of four bills in the Indiana General Assembly with potential impact to Indiana's creative industry and one bill related to tourism. With the current session nearly half completed, here is an update on those bills:

Senate Bill 255, Cultural District Development. The bill recently passed unanimously out of the Senate and will now move to the Indiana House.

Senate Bill 152, Media Production Expenditure Income Tax Credit. As of this writing, the bill has yet to receive a committee hearing.

House Bill 1070, Film and Media Production Rebate. The bill was recently presented to the House Ways & Means Committee for testimony. No vote was taken during that hearing.

House Bill 1554, Performing Arts Center Admission Tax. As of this writing, the bill has yet to receive a committee hearing.

House Bill 1115, Tourism Development. The bill recently was passed unanimously by the House and will now move to the Indiana Senate.

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.

Three new resources to help your arts advocacy efforts

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) recently announced the release of a new series of arts advocacy resources. The Practical Advocates series, is designed primarily for  council members and grantees, and offers succinct guidance for promoting the community benefits of the arts and educating public officials about the impact of state arts agencies' work.

NASAA recently released three new editions in the series:

Constituent voices matter at all levels when it comes to public support for the arts.

AWS Foundation pledges $2 million to Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton receives national award for Local Arts Leadership

Arts Council of Indianapolis names new CEO

'The Art of Alzheimer's Disease': new IU Kokomo exhibit highlights therapy group

Heartland Film signs gender parity pledge

New York firm selected to design new Notre Dame art museum

In Fortville, library becomes arts and music center

Theatre incubator bringing new work to local stages

Music Theater coming to Electric Works

These historic theaters face very different futures

Franklin announces plans for amphitheater

Four media outlets heap praise on The Indianapolis Children's Museum

iMOCA cancels planned move, announces new leadership

Curtain rises on IRT campaign

New things happen when a civil rights worker takes over a performing arts center

Study finds museum leadership is becoming more diverse, but slowly

Idaho parents, students demand better orchestra program and get it

Native American tribe regains its culture through digital repatriation

How performing arts centers continue to evolve in the 21st Century

Kresge Foundation report explores creative placemaking

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