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Two New Grant Programs!

The Indiana Arts Commission has announced two new grant programs endorsed by the Bicentennial Commission:

Arts in the Parks is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) enabling the creation of arts activities for the public to enjoy at parks and forests across the state. More info here.

Indiana Masterpiece will introduce Hoosiers to the best of Indiana’s cultural and artistic legacy through special productions, commissions, exhibitions, performances, and / or artistic celebrations. Projects will showcase the state’s arts history and prominent figures in order to highlight Indiana’s rich cultural heritage and those who created it. More info here.

IAC seeks letters of interest for two new PACE partnerships

Established by the Commission in 2014, PACE (Partnering Arts, Communities and Education) currently supports four partnerships in the state at an annual funding level of $10,000 each. Following basic planning between an artist/arts organization and eligible school, the existing partnerships submitted their applications and were subsequently approved for completion of their initial planning phase and final reports June 30, 2015. With approval of the IAC Commissioners, the PACE advisory committee recommended funding for full implementation of the four pilot programs during the 2015-16 school year.

IAC annual budget projections determine the number of new partnerships that can be established and supported.  Since PACE programs are intended to continue for successive years at the initial funding level, the FY2016 budget can support the four pilot partnerships and expand the initiative to include two new programs. 

Go to the PACE program webpage for a description and information to be included in a letter of interest. Submit letters to Sarah Fronczek, IAC Arts Education Coordinator at, 317-232-1274 on or before the deadline of 4:30 PM (EDT) September 30, 2015.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate

Nominations are being accepted for the next Indiana Poet Laureate now through September 1.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the State of 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 appreciation of poetry throughout the state, and offers advice to the Commission regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana.  More here.

Governor's Arts Awards - Accepting Nominations Now!

Nominations for the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards are currently being accepted through 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on August 14. To read the nomination guidelines or to submit a nomination, click here.

Originally conceived in 1973, the Governor's Arts Awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education, and leadership in the arts, and at the same time build statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Indiana. 

Previous recipients of the state’s highest honor in the arts include 2013 recipients singer / songwriter John Hiatt; producer, actor, director Sydney Pollack; philanthropist Christel DeHaan; music educator Cynthia Hartshorn; and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan.

Questions about the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards should be directed to Rex Van Zant at 317-232-1273 or by email to   

Capacity Building: Request for Proposals

The Capacity Building Partnership Program will provide funding for programs that further develop the professional skills of the staff of cultural organizations, community leaders and / or individual artists.

Eligible nonprofit and public organizations wishing to partner with the IAC in order to produce programs such as a symposium, conference, lecture, or workshop must address one or more of four program goals: measuring and communicating community impact; artists as community leaders; strengthening community fabric; and best practices.

Proposed activities must be developed to include regional or state-wide audiences. Eligible applicants could receive up to $20,000 per project. The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015

For application instructions or more information, please visit the Capacity Building Partnership Program webpage.

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