Message from the Executive Director

Summer is a season of arts excitement in Indiana 


Even though many Indiana school systems are, or are about to be back in session, we are still truly in the middle of summer. There are still plenty of warm, sunny days, mild nights, and nature to enjoy. Boater, angler, biker, or hiker, Indiana has something for just about every interest or hobby. If you are looking for ideas on summer activities, why not check out the multitude of arts projects taking place at Indiana State Parks and Historic Sites?

Our partnership with Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana Historic Sites will bring more than 200 arts activities to State Parks and Historic Sites across the state. Individual artists and arts organizations are bringing programs, suitable for all ages, to be enjoyed in the natural beauty and historic settings of Indiana. We are currently accepting grant applications for the next round of Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites projects for 2018. Check our website for details.

Speaking of grants, in June the Commission approved funding recommendations to more than 400 arts organizations, cultural programming providers, and individual artists in our state. This represents an investment of $3.03 million in state and federal public funding for the arts. This is in addition to $1.217 million in direct grants awarded earlier this year by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to Indiana arts providers.

We can't have art without artists, and we want to support them in their efforts to advance their careers. Our Individual Artist Program, perhaps our most popular grant program, awarded 48 grants totaling nearly $89,000 to artists across the state. More than 100 artists in the disciplines of dance, literature, music, theatre, and folk arts related to these traditional disciplines applied for these career development grants.

While our focus is supporting individual artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Indiana, we can't forget the fact there are many for-profit arts employers in our state. One of the largest is Sweetwater Sound, Inc., in Fort Wayne. Sweetwater is the largest commercial arts-related employer in Indiana, and a major supporter of the arts and arts education in the Fort Wayne area.

We are thrilled Sweetwater has agreed to host the 2017 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards program Saturday, October 21, 2017. Mark your calendars, but if you can't make the awards program in person, fear not because WFWA Channel 39 will be recording the awards program for later broadcast. As you can see, a very busy summer for the arts will lead to an even more exciting arts autumn.

All the best,