The city of Indianapolis is giving IndyFringe an $82,000 grant to help it refurbish its theater building and surrounding property downtown at 719 E. Saint Clair St.
Mayor Greg Ballard made the announcement Thursday as he helped kick off the organization’s annual festival, which runs from Aug. 19-28.
The grant from the parking meter fund will be used to rebuild a nearby alleyway, repair sidewalks and install access curbs.
IndyFringe has launched a capital campaign to buy and improve the building, including the area behind it. The group provided an estimated budget of $800,000 for the entire improvement project, which includes adding public restrooms. IndyFringe has used the building since September 2008.
“The city is proud to support IndyFringe as an important part of Indianapolis’ vibrant arts and culture scene and for this redevelopment project that increases accessibility and adds amenities, which in turn has a direct economic impact on the Mass Ave Cultural District,” Ballard said in a prepared statement.
In its seventh year, IndyFringe plans to present 336 shows on seven stages during its 10-day festival.