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IAC invests nearly $3M for art, creativity projects

IAC invests nearly $3M for art, creativity projects IAC invests nearly $3M for art, creativity projects

The Indiana Arts Commission recently announced it has awarded $2,904,102 to 413 nonprofits to fund arts projects and organizations throughout the state through the Arts Organization Support and Arts Project Support grant programs.

During its quarterly business meeting, the Commission approved the funding recommendations for the two grant programs. Applications were reviewed by 85 Hoosiers from throughout the state with expertise in arts, community development and finance.

“The projects and organizations that are receiving funding are improving the economic and educational climates of the state of Indiana,” said Alberta Barker, chair of the Indiana Arts Commission. “The Commission is delighted to support this investment in Hoosier communities. It is a privilege to uplift the impressive creative work being done around the state.”

The commission also voted to distribute funds from the Arts Trust, which is supported by the sale of the Celebrate the Arts license plates. One Arts Project Support grant recipient from each county with a funded application has been designated as an Arts Trust Project. Their funding will be supported through the Arts Trust Plate funding. These beneficiaries were selected based on exemplary commitment to community, education, economy and health.

Local grant recipients (and the grant amount) were Arts Council of Southern Indiana ($5,431), Harrison County Arts! Inc. ($1,821), Hayswood Theatre Group Inc. ($4,000), Historical Society of Harrison County ($4,000), Lanesville Community School Corp. ($4,000), North Harrison Band Boosters ($4,000) and West Crawford Elementary School ($4,000).

“Arts and creativity strengthen the fabric of Indiana’s communities,” said Miah Michaelsen, executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission. “They promote connection and cohesion, foster the entrepreneurial spirit communities need to thrive and create the kinds of communities where people want to live.

“In each of Indiana’s 92 counties, public funding for arts and creativity continually proves to be a high-return investment that improves the quality of life of every Hoosier and drives economic development within our state,” she said.