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Serving as a grant panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is a means of making a valuable contribution to the arts in Indiana. All of our grant applications are reviewed individually by selected panelists who then meet as a group in a recorded public panel meeting at the Indiana Government Center. At this convening, panelists discuss applications and finalize their individual scores for a specified group of applicants.
Reviews and scores are based on the specific program’s evaluation criteria. Preceding the public meeting, panelists individually review each application in their group and record a preliminary score, also entering comments in the IAC’s online system. These individual reviews are a crucial element in the review procedure, preparing panelists for the group discussion. All IAC panels are conflict free in their consideration of each application.
Panelists overwhelmingly report that they value the process, both in terms of personal fulfillment and career growth. A modest stipend and long distance travel reimbursement are provided.
Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites draws upon traditional and non-traditional arts and artists in Indiana, weaving arts into our state’s natural beauty and rural settings. The program provides funding for arts program related projects that encourage the creation of and public engagement with art about the Indiana state park/forest system and historic sites.
Individual Artist Program panelists are Indiana residents knowledgeable in specific arts disciplines and/or arts management. The IAC strives to balance panel composition with consideration of ethnicity, gender, regional representation, and expertise.
Organization grant panelists are selected with consideration of in-state and out-of-state perspectives, range of expertise, and experience in nonprofit management, arts administration and arts disciplines.
Interest in serving as a grant panelist may be indicated by completing the IAC Grant Panelist Form. All submissions will be carefully considered by the associated program manager.