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2024 Annual Grants Program awards nearly $1.5 million to a record 91 nonprofit arts and culture organizations

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10 Indianapolis organizations are new grantees to the program


Indianapolis (May 8, 2024) – A record 91 nonprofit arts and culture organizations received funding through the 2024 City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program, the Indy Arts Council and the City announced today. Nearly $1.5 million was invested in the local creative economy through grants that support the development of arts and cultural performances, programs, exhibitions, and activities throughout Indianapolis and Marion County.

“This year, each organization received multi-year awards to ensure stability and allow for future planning,” said Nikki Kirk, Director of Community Impact & Strategic Investment at Indy Arts Council. “The program introduced an additional operating budget level to distribute allocations more equitably. We’re also supporting fiscal sponsorships to help developing organizations build capacity.”

“The City of Indianapolis is committed to advancing racial and socioeconomic equity and the Indy Arts Council’s work is an important part of our strategy,” said Deputy Mayor Judith Thomas. “Since adopting its equity priorities in 2016, the Annual Grants Program has increased access to funding from 45 arts and cultural organizations to 91. We’re proud to continue supporting these organizations to expand their impact to even more artists and residents.”

The Annual Grants Program has been core to the City’s support for arts and culture since 1987. In 2021, new scoring criteria were applied that center racial and socioeconomic equity across three areas: community impact, artistic alignment, and organizational capacity. 

A juried panel, administered by Indy Arts Council, evaluated applications April 9-12 via Zoom. The review process was open to the public.

“The City of Indianapolis is committed to advancing racial and socioeconomic equity and the Indy Arts Council's work is an important part of our strategy.” — Deputy Mayor Judith Thomas
2024 Annual Grants Program awards nearly $1.5 million to  a record 91 nonprofit arts and culture organizations

The top 10-scoring organizations

The top 10-scoring organizations (in alphabetical order)
El Sistema Indianapolis; Fonseca Theatre Company; Harrison Center; iibada Dance Company;  Indy Dance Council; The Performing Arts Conservatory; Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, Inc.; The Sapphire Theatre Company, Inc.; Summer Stock Stage Inc.; and Urban Musical Theatre.

“We are grateful for the City’s investment in this program for the past 37 years,” said Julie Goodman, Indy Arts Council president & CEO. “We appreciate their recognition of our fast-growing arts & culture sector through the 91 organizations funded this year, including the 63% of BIPOC-led organizations that got increases in funding.”  

2024 Annual Grants Program awards nearly $1.5 million to  a record 91 nonprofit arts and culture organizations

2024 Annual Grants Program recipients

2024 Annual Grants Program recipients
Organizations new to the program are marked with an asterisk. Grant amounts ranged from $5,000 to $72,000 and were distributed based on four operating budget categories. 

American Cabaret Theatre $22,500
American Lives Theatre $6,500
American Pianists Association $14,500
Arte Mexicano en Indiana $10,000
ArtMix $25,000
Arts For Lawrence $10,000
Arts for Learning Indiana $28,000
Arts With A Purpose* $7,000
Athenaeum Foundation $12,000
Aurora PhotoCenter $8,000
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site $12,000
Big Car Collaborative $42,000
Brick Street Poetry Inc $6,500
Buck Creek Players, Inc. $5,000
Castlewood Chamber Singers, Inc.* $5,500
Classical Music Indy $14,000
Claude McNeal’s Musical Theatre Training Program, Inc. $10,000
Dance Kaleidoscope $20,000
Discovering Broadway, Inc. $8,000
Drum Corps International $15,000
Echoing Air, Inc. $5,500
Eclectic Soul VOICES Corporation* $5,500
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art $37,500
El Sistema Indianapolis $12,000
Epilogue Players, Inc.* $5,000
Festival Music Society $5,500
Fonseca Theatre Company $32,500
Footlite Musicals, Inc. $5,500
Freetown Village $15,000
GANGGANG $28,000
Girls Rock! Indianapolis* $5,500
Harrison Center $50,000
Heartland Film $12,500
Hoosier Salon Patrons Association $7,500
Iibada Dance Company $35,000
Indiana Entertainment Foundation, Inc. $5,500
Indiana Fashion Foundation Corporation $6,000
Indiana Repertory Theatre $60,000
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites $45,000
Indiana Wind Symphony $5,000
Indiana Writers Center $8,500
Indianapolis Art Center $22,000
Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. $10,000
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra $6,000
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra $22,000
Indianapolis Children’s Choir $12,000
Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. $18,000
Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, Inc. $20,000
Indianapolis Men’s Chorus $8,500
Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective $6,500
Indianapolis Opera Company $16,500
Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, Inc $20,000
Indianapolis Suzuki Academy $14,000
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir $9,000
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra $45,000
Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, Inc.  $9,500
Indianapolis Women’s Chorus $6,500
Indianapolis Youth Orchestra $6,500
Indianapolis Zoo $20,000
Indy Dance Council* $15,000
Indy Folk Series* $5,500
IndyProv, Inc. dba Defiance Comedy* $5,000
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis $12,000
Kheprw Institute $36,000
Kids Dance Outreach $17,500
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Inc. $13,000
Lafayette Square Area Coalition $20,000
Madam Walker Legacy Center $32,000
Morning Brown, Inc. * $6,500
Music for All Inc $20,000
Naptown African American Theatre Collective $20,000
PATTERN $7,500
Percussive Arts Society $15,500
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, Inc. $15,000
Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre $22,000
Southbank Theatre Company $5,000
Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis $8,000
Storytelling Arts of Indiana $9,000
Summer Stock Stage Inc. $22,000
Summit Performance Indianapolis $7,000
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis $72,000
The District Theatre $12,000
The Indy Convergence, INC $6,500
The John H. Boner Community Center, Inc.* $10,000
The New Harmony Project $12,000
The Performing Arts Conservatory $20,000
The Philippine Cultural Community Center $10,000
The Sapphire Theatre Company, Inc. $26,000
Urban Musical Theatre $30,000
WFYI $12,000
Young Actors Theatre, Inc., dba React $15,000

The 2024 Annual Grants Program review panelists included: Janine Christiano, Director of Strategic Partners, Race Forward – GARE; Keya Crenshaw, Founder, Black Chick Media; Ernest Disney-Britton, Consultant, Indy Arts Council; Karla Estela Rivera, Consultant and Performer; Sarah Hempstead, Indy Arts Council Board Member, Principal & CEO of Schmidt Associates; Rochelle Jerry, Director of Development, Indy Arts Council; Malcolm McClain, Program Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Adam Santalla Pierce, Vice President, Community & Artist Support, Arts & Science Council; Jainelle Robinson, Community Engagement Officer, ArtOps; and Susan Williams, Advisory Board Member, Indy Arts Council.

Media contact: Melissa Rowe,

Indy Arts Council is central Indiana’s leading arts advocacy and services agency. Our mission is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. Read our Equity Statement.

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