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Thank you to keynote speaker National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Yvonne Shaheen for your support of the arts in Indianapolis. A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors, presenters, collaborators, attendees, and supporters of the 30th annual Start with Art!

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Schahet Hotels kicked off the 2016 arts season with the 30th annual Start with Art luncheon on September 2 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Keynote speaker Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, shared a powerful message about the real impact of the arts. The luncheon event included performances by Kids Dance Outreach, IndyFringe, and Stacie Sandoval and Trio ConPaz.  


Build: A Place to Create
Kassim Norris, one of the Arts Council’s 2015 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows, created this beautiful video for us that highlights some of the enormously creative artists that make the city beautiful, and celebrates the role that the Arts Council of Indianapolis has played in making this real impact happen–along with generous partners and funders. 

2017 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship
Derrick Carter, visual artist
Eric Salazar, musician

Read more about the Beckmann Fellowship here.

2016 ARTI Awards
Designed by Quincy Owens & Luke Crawley

2016 Corporate ARTI Award
Gregory Appel Insurance

2016 Volunteer/Patron ARTI Award

John and Sarah Lechleiter

2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award
Mary Jo Bayliss
Betty Perry

2016 ARTful Impact ARTI Award
Lilly Endowment Inc.

At the conclusion of Start with Art, we invited individuals from the audience who are involved in the arts to join us on stage for a photo. Look at all those smiling artists, arts administrators, and arts organization volunteers!
People Larger

September 4, 2015, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Celebrating Arts Education!

Igniting Imagination And Seizing The Moment When Change Is Possible

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Thank you to Mayor Ballard, Start with Art Honorary Corporate Chair Morris Maurer, Yvonne Shaheen, Keynote Speaker Eric Booth, and all of our sponsors, presenters, collaborators, attendees, and supporters of the 29th annual Start with Art!

At an exhilarating Start with Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Indianapolis, Indiana as the 18th site for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8. The program is led by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools, the Office of the Mayor of the City of Indianapolis, and facilitated by the Kennedy Center. The Arts Council also announced the first two recipients of the $100,000 Transformational Impact Fellowships, the 2016 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowships, and the 2015 ARTI Award recipients.

Miss the big announcement?
Watch the Start with Art announcement 

Watch the WRTV6 video to learn more >>

Were you moved by the arts education video at Start with Art? View the Americans for the Arts Encourage Creativity video >>

About Any Given Child 
Any Given Child seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each student’s arts education, using an affordable model that combines the existing resources of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Arts Council of Indianapolis including local arts and community organizations, and the Kennedy Center. With the assistance of expert consultation services provided by Kennedy Center staff and other professionals, community leaders will develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for the school district and community of Indianapolis.

About the Transformational Impact Fellowship
In 2015, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the generous funding support of Lilly Endowment Inc., launched a pilot program titled the Transformational Impact Fellowship. The program is the next phase in the evolution of the hugely successful and nationally recognized Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program. This new fellowship program is a direct response to the rise and development of the collective impact model in Indianapolis for community and civic organizations from all sectors to come together to realize big ideas that can transform a neighborhood, a community, or a city.

The Transformational Impact Fellowship Program will place professional artists and arts and culture organizations at the forefront of community development. The Arts Council has awarded two $100,000, two-year fellowships to artists working in partnership with a nonprofit organization, community, and/or neighborhood in Marion County.
Transformational Impact Fellows
Bryan Fonseca
Greg Hull

About the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship
2016 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows
Stuart Coleman
Jessica Uçul

About the ARTI Award Recipients
Designed by Indianapolis based artist Jude Odell

2015 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award
Abigail Wolf: Art teacher, Meredith Nicholson Elementary School. 
Tracey Suchy: Art Teacher, West Newton Elementary School.

2015 Volunteer/Patron ARTI Award
Joanna Taft: Executive Director, Harrison Center for the Arts.
Marianne W. Tobias: Musician, author, volunteer leader, scholar, and philanthropist for the arts.

2015 Corporate ARTI Award
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Start with Art
Red Hot Whiskey Sippers
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Asante Children’s Theatre


August 29, 2014 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown 

presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis

Sponsored by Schahet Hotels

Thank you to Mayor Ballard, Honorary Corporate Chairs Jeff and Heather Smulyan, and all of our sponsors, presenters, collaborators, attendees, and supporters of the 28th annual Start with Art!

Indianapolis is increasingly on the national radar and a frequent name on top ten lists for everything that is great about America’s best cities. The arts are an integral part of the growth and success of our city. With new initiatives, programs and partnerships, this new arts season and upcoming year will ensure the arts are playing a significant role in our community.

This year's Start with Art included:

Tony Styxx
The Jeff DeHerdt Group
Myah Evans

David Rubin with LAND COLLECTIVE

2014 ARTI Awards:
Designed by chicago-based artist Bernard Williams
Corporate ARTI: The National Bank of Indianapolis
Small Business ARTI: Just Pop In
Volunteer/Patron ARTI: Kay Koch
Arts Educator ARTI: Lisa Durst
ARTful Impact ARTI: Eskenazi Health



                      2013 Start With Art          


Presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis

Sponsored by Schahet Hotels

Thank you to everyone that attended this year’s celebration and helped to make it our most successful year yet!

Friday, August 23, 2013 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

There was much to celebrate about the arts in Indianapolis this year at Start with Art. Exploring the theme Connecticity, we learned about the importance, as a city, to come together in community partnerships, to connect, share, and celebrate together all that happens in Greater Indianapolis.

Opening remarks were made by Mrs. Winnie Ballard on the importance of the arts to Indianapolis. “We live in a city built around art,” she had said, referencing Monument Circle. 

Honorary Corporate Chair, Ersal Ozdemir, President and CEO of Keystone Construction Corporation, spoke on the development of downtown and the part the arts play in the growth and success of a major metropolitan area. 

President and CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Dave Lawrence, introduced several new initiatives: 
Power2give  – An online cultural marketplace where donors looking to support the arts are able find various projects from a variety of organizations in need of funding.

Indy Arts Guide - The city’s most comprehensive online calendar to the arts. The Indy Arts Guide offers the largest database of arts organizations in the city, featuring events, festivals, classes, workshops, fundraisers, jobs, auditions, venues, and public art.

Indy Arts Guide App – A mobile-friendly app that will allow people to access arts and cultural information from wherever they are.

Keynote speaker, Jono Bacon, entertained the crowd with an energized presentation on his personal experience using community to promote his business. He emphasized “the value of many above the singular,” and stressed that “when you unite people for a cause, anything can happen.” 

Learn more about Jono here...

The Corporate Business Award: The Buckingham Companies 

The Small Business Award: Sun King Brewing Company 

The Arts Educator Award: Sandy Reiberg

The ARTful Impact Award: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 

The Volunteer/Patron Award: Patricia Garrett Rooney

Opening musical performance by Indy Jazz Band 

Lunchtime performance by Time for Three 



The 2012 theme for Start with Art was Art for Good, and highlighted the power of the arts as a catalyst for positive change in our city. Start with Art 2012 featured dynamic, keynote speaker, Rha Goddess, founder and CEO of Move the Crowd.

View the Start with Art 2012 Video on Vimeo, with photos from the event below: