Recipients in central Indiana will include the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The Indiana Arts Commission revamped the way it allocates money out of concern about future state budget cuts, which would
further reduce grants available to arts organizations.
Washington, D.C.-based Americans for the Arts says the state had 9,950 arts-related businesses last year, a five-year low
and down 3.9 percent
The staff of the Indiana Arts Commission is proposing to revamp a regional partnership system that it enacted 13 years ago
as a way to fund the arts in all 92 counties of the state.
A 20-percent budget reduction for the Indiana Arts Commission will affect as many as 400 grant-dependent organizations
across the state. The agency’s overall budget will shrink from $4 million in 2009 to $3.2 million for the
next two fiscal years.
Indiana and Indianapolis arts agencies will receive more than a half-million dollars in federal stimulus money to help save
jobs at local organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts announced today. A second round of American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funding includes $250,000 for the Arts Council of Indianapolis.