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Twenty-four Indiana arts organizations to receive stimulus grants

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Arts Council of Indianapolis announced today that 24 cultural program providers will receive federal economic stimulus funds totaling more than a half-million dollars.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will be coming to Indiana from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help retain jobs at local arts organizations and cultural programming providers threatened by declines in philanthropic support during the current economic downturn.

The first installment of federal stimulus grants was announced early this week by the NEA and in the form of direct grants to five Indiana organizations. Those organizations include Elkhart Center, Inc. ($50,000); Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, Notre Dame, ($25,000); Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, ($50,000); and South Shore Arts, Inc., Munster ($50,000).

The Arts Council of Indianapolis will also receive stimulus funds directly from the NEA. A total of $200,000 will be combined with the IAC’s funds and will be granted to nine organizations within Marion County. The IAC will receive $273,000, all of which will be granted to 15 Indiana arts providers.

In addition to the stimulus grants to the IAC and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Endowment will also provide a direct grant of $514,400 to Arts Midwest, a regional arts organization based in Minneapolis that works in collaboration with the IAC. Through a special arrangement, Arts Midwest is partnering with the IAC to provide ARRA funding to selected Indiana organizations. A total of $52,942 will come from Arts Midwest to Indiana organizations.

“We accepted grant applications earlier this summer and received more than 80 applications,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “These grants will help preserve jobs critical to maintaining professional arts organizations.”

ARRA Grants to Indiana — Grant amount* — Grant source

  • American Pianists Association, Indianapolis — $25,000 — ACI
  • Asante Children’s Theatre, Indianapolis — $25,000 — Arts Midwest
  • Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre of Indianapolis — $25,000 — IAC
  • Children’s Center for Dance Education — $22,400 — IAC / Arts Midwest
  • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis — $25,000 — ACI
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis — $25,000 — Arts Midwest
  • Friends of the Frankfort Library, Frankfort — $25,000 — IAC
  • Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne — $21,300 — IAC
  • Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis — $7,500 — ACI
  • Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, Indianapolis — $25,000 — ACI
  • Indiana Opera Society, Indianapolis — $25,000 — IAC
  • Indiana State Museum Foundation, Indianapolis — $16,000 — IAC
  • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra — $25,000 — ACI
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, Inc. — $25,000 — ACI
  • Muncie Civic & College Symphony Assn. — $15,914 — IAC
  • Music for All, Inc., Indianapolis — $25,000 — ACI
  • Northwest Indiana Symphony Society, Inc. — $19,240 — IAC
  • Phoenix Theatre, Inc., Indianapolis — $17,500 — ACI
  • Primary Colours, Inc., Indianapolis — $25,000 — ACI
  • Richmond Art Museum — $15,544 — IAC
  • Richmond Symphony Orchestra — $15,544 — IAC
  • Ridgewood Arts Foundation, Inc. — $25,000 — IAC
  • Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Inc., Terre Haute — $25,000 — IAC
  • Young Audiences of Indiana, Indianapolis — $25,000 — IAC

*Grant amounts are tentative pending NEA approval

All total, about $650,000 in federal stimulus funds will be coming to Indiana to preserve jobs in the arts. According to a recent NEA study, more than 19,000 Hoosiers consider the arts as their primary career and source of income.

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