(Indianapolis, Indiana) The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today the awarding of 11 grants totaling $225,000 to Indiana nonprofit arts organizations and cultural programming providers during the first round of grants for fiscal year 2020.
The NEA announced more than $27 million to be awarded in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This funding announcement includes the Art Works and Challenge America grant programs. Through these grants, the NEA supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”
Lewis Ricci, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission, said “We are proud of the breadth and quality of work being done by these arts providers in Indiana and are grateful for the Endowment’s continued investment in our great state.”
Indiana grants include:
American Cello Institute, Inc.
To support a free music festival featuring concert performances by the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, and related outreach at venues in San Juan, Mayagüez, Culebra, San German, and Ponce, and throughout Puerto Rico.
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Inc.
To support the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.
University of Saint Francis
Fort Wayne, IN
To support the Jesters performing arts program.
Harrison Center for the Arts
$10,000 Indianapolis, IN
To support residencies for artists working in music and visual arts.
Heartland Film, Inc.
To support the Heartland International Film Festival and Indy Shorts International Film Festival.
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Inc.
To support the INclusion Series, a series of theater productions that encourage civic dialogue.
Indiana State Symphony Society, Inc. (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra)
To support the Beethoven 2020 series performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Indianapolis Art Center
To support ArtReach, a community-based after-school and summer visual arts program.
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
To support the commission of mural artworks and related outreach activities.
Muncie Arts and Culture Council, Inc.
To support an artist residency program at PlySpace in Muncie, Indiana.
South Bend Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
South Bend, IN
To support the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Concert featuring
cellist Nygel Witherspoon, including outreach activities.