Local nonprofits receive big funding by endowment for the arts

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the awarding of nine grants totaling $205,000 to Indiana nonprofit arts organizations and cultural programming providers during the first round of grants for fiscal year 2018.

Two Fort Wayne groups are getting some big funding as a result. The Fort Wayne Dance Collective will receive $20,000 and the “Jesters” performing arts program at the University of Saint Francis will get a grant for $10,000.

The NEA announced more than $25 million will be awarded in all artistic disciplines to nonprofit organizations in all 50 state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “These NEA-supported projects are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives. At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.

Indiana grants from the NEA include:

fort-wayne-dance-collectiveFort Wayne Dance Collective Fort Wayne, IN $20,000
This Art Works Arts Education grant will support an in-school dance education program.
Heartland Film, Inc. Indianapolis, IN $10,000
This Art Works Media Arts grant will support the 27th Heartland Film Festival and related public programming.
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Inc. Indianapolis, IN $20,000
This Art Works Theatre grant will support the Exploring Stages education program serving young children.
Indiana State Symphony Society Indianapolis, IN $10,000
This Art Works Arts Education grant will support the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, an instrumental music instruction program.
Indiana University Bloomington, IN $35,000
This Art Works Folk & Traditional Arts grant will support a survey by Traditional Arts Indiana abut the effects of traditional arts on aging and related programming.
Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, IN $55,000
This Art Works Museum grant will support the exhibition, “Pictures in Ink, Color in Gold: 700 Years of Japanese Painting.”
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation Bloomington, IN $35,000
This Art Works Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works grant will support the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.

Young Audiences of Indiana Indianapolis, IN $10,000
This Challenge America grant will support Arts For Learning with the design and creation of a public art piece.
USF smallUniversity of Saint Francis Fort Wayne, IN $10,000
This Art Works Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works grant will support The Jesters, a performing arts program.

“It’s truly an honor for our program to be recognized by the NEA once again,” said Jesters Program Director Allison Ballard. “This is the third consecutive year the Jesters has received this grant from the NEA, and I believe it speaks to the depth of this program and how it has touched both the participants and the community as a whole.”

Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental disabilities. The purpose of the Jesters is to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities by engaging them in the creative arts. The vision is to develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to the USF community and the community at large.

“The Indiana Arts Commission congratulates these organizations for the outstanding programming recognized and supported through the NEA’s investment in our state,” said Lewis C. Ricci, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission.