Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship 

2017-2018 Timeline:
     Application released: December 14, 2016 (Online application)
     Application Guidelines: Click here to download
     Application Workshops: January 5 and 11, 2017 (Click for more information)
     Application deadline: February 3, 2017

     Award notification: April 28, 2017
     Support begins: July 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018

General Grant Information

In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment Inc., established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. Every odd-year, the Arts Council awards fellowship grants to be used for research, instruction, travel, conference attendance, apprenticeships or other skill-building opportunities, or other experiences that will help the recipients explore their artistry, refresh their creativity, and recharge their spirit. 

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards thirty $10,000 fellowships every odd-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation, the results of their fellowship with the community 

For more information, please contact Ernest Disney-Britton at (317) 631-3301 or

Click here to access the online grant system.

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Equity Statement

The Arts Council of Indianapolis will make equitable access to arts funding for all arts organizations and artists in Indianapolis a guiding principle of Arts Council grant making. Such funding will unite arts organizations and artists with diverse populations of our community to nurture a thriving culture for the arts within the City of Indianapolis.