Ernest Disney-Britton

Ernest Disney-Britton, Vice President, Community Impact & Investment
B.A. in Arts Management, M.A. in Philanthropic Communication, and Ph.D. student of Communication

Ernest manages both the grantmaking programs and the arts education programs for the Arts Council. As the lead grants officer, he serves as support for arts organizations and individuals who apply for grant and fellowship funding through the Annual Grant Program, Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Robert D. Beckmann Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship, and Transformational Impact Fellowship. Additionally, Ernest coordinates the Any Given Child Indianapolis program that is creating a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8 in Indianapolis Public Schools.

(317) 631-3301 ext. 235
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Provenance: Cincinnati, Ohio

Current neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis, IN

First Job: Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, a community arts center

If I weren't an arts administrator, I would be: A teacher, like the rest of my family

Inspiration: Contemporary religious art

Reading: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam

Listening to: Every song by the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus

Zen Moment: Easter Mass

Current Project: Any Given Child Indy, an arts in education partnership with the Kennedy Center and Indianapolis Public Schools.

Dream Project: I’m living my dream project as a program officer for the arts.

What artist/musician (living or deceased) would you like to have dinner with and where would you take them? Salvador Dali, and I’d take him to Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles because it is fun!

Love about the Indy arts scene: The collaboration between arts organizations.

When you are not out crusading for the arts, where can we find you? In Brooks Brothers buying a new blue shirt.

Community Service/Memberships/Certifications:
Chair of Board of Directors Edison School of the Arts; Art Gallery Committee for Indiana Interchurch; and previous grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts - Arts Education (2018), and also Local Arts Agencies (2016). Also previous grant panelist for Oklahoma Arts Council (2017) and the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, S.C. (2018).

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