Arts: 92 June 2019

Arts: 92 newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

June QBM

Arts Commission approves grants to arts providers

The Indiana Arts Commission recently approved grants awards to 431 community-based arts providers and individual artists throughout Indiana for fiscal year 2020.

During its June 14th Quarterly Business Meeting in Indianapolis, the Commission approved grant allocations totaling more than $3 million in state and federal funds for grants and programs provided provided by arts organizations and cultural program providers throughout the state, including grants to 56 individual artists.

The majority of the grants approved by the Commission, totaling more than $2.5 million, will be distributed through the IAC's 11 regions to small and mid-sized organizations through Regional Initiative Grants. Learn more.

Homecoming 2019 scholarships now available

Scholarships are now open for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming October 24 & 25, 2019 in Indianapolis. The scholarships will provide complimentary registration and a travel / accommodations honorarium of up to $200 to cover two-day participation.

Scholarship award priority areas:

  • ALAANA individuals
  • Persons living with a disability
  • Residents in  rural Indiana community determined by population
  • Are (or have) experienced homelessness
  • Military veterans or active duty personnel
  • Individuals formerly incarcerated
  • LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Early career

You can apply here.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

Visit the Indiana Arts Homecoming 2019 page often to learn more.

Applications now open for Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites

The Indiana Arts Commission is currently accepting grant applications for its Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites 2020 program. The grant program assists organizations and artists with bringing participatory arts activities into Indiana's state parks and historic sites.

This grant opportunity funds participatory arts activities celebrating Indiana State Parks and State Historic Sites. Not only are the projects family-friendly fun, they are a great opportunity to building partnerships with a participating site and expand the audience for your organization's work. See the program guidelines here.

Online applications may be made here.

The application deadline for organizations is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) September 5, 2019.

The Arts Commission will host a program webinar July 9, 2019 at 6 p.m. (EDT). Click here to join the session.

Public nominations open soon for Indiana Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) will soon begin accepting public nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, pursues individual initiatives to advance the knowledge and appreciate of poetry, and offers advice to the IAC to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

Nominees should be published poets with experience in educational program development.

Arts Midwest names new President & CEO

Regional arts service provider Arts Midwest recently announced the appointment of Torrie Allen as the organization's new President and CEO. Allen succeeds long-time President and CEO David Fraher, who will step down in September 2019.

Allen joins Arts Midwest with more than 30 years experience in the performing arts, broadcast media, and arts administration. He brings extensive development, marketing and leadership experience to this U.S. regional arts organization and a commitment to using creativity and imagination in arts administration.

Over the last three years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the United States' flagship theater presenters, Allen led development department expansion that has yielded exception growth in development-specific contributed income including the successful close out of a multi-million dollar capital campaign. Learn more.

Vigo County Public Library to receive NEA Big Read grant

The Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute is the only Indiana recipient of a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The $15,000 grant will assist the library in marketing and promoting opportunities for the reading enjoyment and deeper exploration of the book Our Town.

The Big Read is an NEA initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, which manages the grant program. Each NEA Big Read grantee has selected a title from the Big Read Library and will hold a variety of events and discussions designed to both highlight the book and encourage participation among a wide range of community members. Learn more.

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Mural Project

Greencastle and Putnam County residents may soon be able to enjoy a new mural if a crowdfunding campaign reaches its fundraising goal of $30,000 by July 15th. If the campaign is successful in meeting the objective, the Putnam County Mural Project will receive a matching $30,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

The funds raised will be used ro transform neglected silos into a canvas for public murals. The murals will celebrate heritage, created civic pride, and enrich lives through participatory art-making. The scale of the project is ambitious and will produce one one Indiana's largest mural sites.

Fashion Week kicks off with young designer challenge

Indy's Mayor Hogsett announces $1.3 million for nonprofit arts organizations

Campaign launched to 'Keep Ann Dancing'

Batesville Main Street receives funding for sculpture in downtown alley

Bison-tennial art returns to the City of Wabash

Landscape mural planned for Connersville will become community garden

Blank downtown wall to feature mural of LaPorte's history

Willie the Whale statue surfaces in Kokomo

International artist tapped for downtown Fort Wayne mural

Tobias Studios working on 30 x 60 foot mural in Fort Wayne

iMOCA relaunches as Indianapolis Contemporary

Newfields gifted industrial design collection

Reviving Twyla Tharp's 'Deuce Coupe', the first ballet-modern dance fusion

Boston Museum of Fine Art forced to apologize after racial profiling incident

A new tool links the arts to measurable social impact

Do cultural plans really help cities save their art and music scenes?

D.C. Mayor wants city to be an arts Mecca, but city artists aren't happy

Why Miami Beach spent big on public art

Sarasota Symphony wanted to build a new home, but the community wasn't happy

Columbus (OH) Dance Theatre loses funding from Arts Council

The government building that feels like a museum of contemporary art

PBS NewsHour gets $1.7 million grant to beef up arts converage

NY Times editor believes most local papers will die in five years

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