December 9, 2015

NEA Announces Grants To 8 Indiana Organizations

INDIANAPOLIS -- The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the awarding of eight grants totaling $145,000 to arts organizations and cultural programming providers in Indiana for the fall of fiscal year 2016.

Grants were awarded in the disciplines of Artist Communities, Folk & Traditional Arts, Media Arts, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater & Musical Theater, and Opera.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like those in Indiana offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

Indiana grants include:

Big Car Media, Inc., Indianapolis - $20,000
          This Artist Communities grant will support a residency for a teaching sound
          artist, and citywide sound art project, and related activities.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian & Western Art, Indianapolis - $10,000
          This Folk & Traditional Arts grant will support the Eiteljorg Indian Market and
          Festival. As many as 150 Native American artists, representing approximately
          60 tribes will gather in Indianapolis to present their art, music, dance, crafts,
          and other activities.

Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis - $10,000
          This Artist Communities grant will support artist residencies focused on
          cultural entrepreneurship and related activities.

Heartland Film, Inc., Indianapolis - $25,000
          This Media Arts grant will support the 25th Heartland Film Festival. Films
          will include narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from American and
          international artists.

Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Inc., Bloomington - $20,000
          This Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works grant will support the Lotus World
          Music and Arts Festival. The festival features free and ticketed concerts, demonstrations,
          art-making activities, and educational workshops.

Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis - $30,000
          This Theater & Musical Theater grant will support the final development and
          production of “Rumblin’ In The Land.” A devised theater work will celebrate the
          bicentennial of the state.

Indiana University, Bloomington - $20,000
          This Opera grant will support the commission of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a
          Young Girl.” This is the first work to tell Anne Frank’s story as a full-scale opera.

New Harmony Project, Inc. , Indianapolis - $20,000
          This Theater & Musical Theater grant will support residencies for playwrights to
          Develop new work with dramaturgical and production support.

“These Indiana arts providers are carrying out innovative programming in education, creative place-making, and cultural tourism that help make the arts available to Hoosiers as well as visitors to our state,” said Lewis C. Ricci, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission. “These grants represent a significant investment of public funding for the arts in Indiana, and we appreciate the NEA’s recognition of the great work being done by these organizations.”

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