NEA Grants Benefit Hoosier Arts Programs

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is one of the recipients. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is one of the recipients.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to Indiana arts organizations. The award includes more than $760,000 to the Indiana Arts Commission as part of a partnership to benefit arts and cultural program provides throughout the state.

The grants are part of the NEA's second round of funding for fiscal year 2017, which totals more than $82 million nationwide. NEA Chairman Jane Chu says the grants "represent the vision, energy, and talent of America's artists and arts organizations."

In addition to the $767,400 awarded to the Indiana Arts Commission, the grant recipients include:

AHEPA Management Company - Fishers - $90,000

  • This Art Works Research grant will support a study examining the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional effects of music engagement on low-income, older adults.

American Folklore Society - Bloomington - $30,000

  • This Art Works Folk & Traditional Arts grant will support the Consultancy and Professional Development Program. Administrators of nonprofit folk arts organizations, independent folklorists, and state and local government agencies engaged in traditional arts work will be able to apply for professional development training and short-term consultancies.

Arts Council of Indianapolis - Indianapolis - $50,000

  • This Our Town Design grant will support artist, police, and community training for arts activities that address public safety challenges.

Arts Spaces Inc. - Terre Haute - $75,000

  • This Our Town Design grant will help support Turn to the River project, a plan for reconnecting the City of Terre Haute to the Wabash River. Building off previous planning funded through Our Town, Art Spaces will work with the city to engage a design firm to provide design development and schematic designs for the area of downtown adjacent to the river.

City of Muncie - $50,000

  • This Our Town Design grant will support an artist residence program at the MadJax Makers Hub. The city will partner with the Muncie Arts and Culture Council to provide visiting artists with a temporary residence, studio space, and fabrication equipment.

DePauw University - Greencastle - $10,000

  • This Art Works Music grant will support a chamber music ensemble residency which may include programming for college and public school students and for the community.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - $25,000

  • This Art Works Music grant will support the Lunch Break Series by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The series will comprise midday concerts lasting less than an hour with the goal of introducing new audiences to the symphonic art form.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis - $90,000

  • This Art Works Research grant will support a series of studies examining higher education investments in physical and programmatic arts infrastructure in the United States. The quasi-experimental studies will consider the link between arts infrastructure investments in colleges and universities and various student-, school-, and community-level outcomes.

New Harmony Project -  Anderson - $20,000

  • This Art Works Theater & Musical Theater grant will support residencies for playwrights to develop new work with dramaturgical and production support.

Tippecanoe Arts Federation - Lafayette - $10,000

  • This Art Works Local Arts Agencies grant will support Art in Rural Places. Artist residencies in rural Indiana communities will provide arts instruction for local students and community members.
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