The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently announced it has awarded $3,431,351 to 414 nonprofits to fund arts projects and organizations around the state through the Arts Organization Support and Arts Project Support grant programs.
In Greene County, the following organizations were awarded $28,142 in grant funding.
• Greene County Foundation – $4,000
• Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum – $11,264
• Shawnee Theatre of Greene County – $8,079
Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center of Greene County Inc. – $4,799
Arts Organization Support grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations. Arts Project Support grants provide funding to Indiana 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities for a specific arts project or arts activity(ies). Between both programs, 75 of Indiana’s 92 counties will receive funding.
“The projects and organizations selected to receive funding are strengthening our state,” said Chair of the Indiana Arts Commission Anne Penny Valentine. “The Commission is excited and honored to invest in Hoosier communities, supporting organizations that are doing exceptional creative work to make Indiana a great place to live, work, play, study and stay.”
“This funding will allow Shawnee to continue to provide quality, affordable programming in Greene and surrounding counties,” explained Shawnee Board President Jack R. Terrell. “We will use our grant money for salaries, royalties, utilities and other costs associated with theatre operations. Shawnee would like to thank Senator Eric Bassler, Representative Bruce Borders, Senator Mike Braun, Representative Larry Buschon and Senator Todd Young for their continuing support of the Arts in Indiana.”
“Art and creativity strengthen the fabric of Indiana’s communities. They promote connection and cohesion, foster the entrepreneurial spirit communities need to thrive and create the kinds of communities where people want to live,” said Indiana Arts Commission Executive Director Miah Michaelsen. “In every corner of our state, public funding for arts and creativity continually proves to be a high-return investment that improves the quality of life of Hoosiers and drives economic development within our state.”
Funding for the Indiana Arts Commission and its programs is provided by the Indiana General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.