Dynamic artists help create vibrant cities. But making a living in the arts is not an easy line of work. There can be long hours, low pay, competition and creative burnout.
So, how does a city retain talent for those in music, dance, literature and visual arts?
Back in 1998, The Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the financial backing of Lilly Endowment, designed a program to do just that. Since its launch, more than 400 grants have gone to artists and art administrators totaling more than three million dollars.
Creative Renewal Arts Fellows each receive $10,000 grants over a two year period. As Sandy Roob reports for Curious Mix, the money helps recipients deepen their passion for their artistic journey.