The Indiana Arts Commission announced Thursday that 48 Hoosier artists throughout the state will receive career development assistance through the agency's Individual Artist Program grants for Fiscal Year 2018.
This year, the Arts Commission accepted grant applications from artists in the disciplines of dance, literature, music, and theatre as well as from folk artists for projects related to these traditional disciplines. As in previous years, artists could request grant support up to $2,000 for career development assistance projects. Just over 100 Hoosier artists applied for project support during this latest round of grants.
"Whether they have an established career or emerging, artists living and working in Indiana contribute to both the cultural fabric and economy of our state," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. "Through our Creative Economy research, we know Indiana has a higher percentage of self-employed artists than the national average. All the more reason these grants are critical to an artist's career."
Earlier this year volunteer citizen peer panels, convened by the IAC, reviewed the project proposals. The IAP grants, totaling $89,850.50, were among more than 400 funding recommendations for artists and cultural program providers approved June 16, 2017 during the Commission's Quarterly Business Meeting in Indianapolis.
The Individual Artist Program was launched in 1999 following a two-year research study of artists' needs. The outcome helped formulate a strategic approach to assisting artists and encouraging community impact.