Please join us to kick off an amazing fall arts season. 

Because it’s been so long since we’ve had an actual get together, we’ve changed things up a bit. What you can look forward to at this year’s Start with Art: 

  • Take extra time to reconnect during a casual reception featuring drinks and performances.
  • Then, settle in for a special one-hour program to honor the resiliency, creativity, and generosity of Indy’s arts & cultural community. 
  • Enjoy an original spoken-word toast by Tatjana Rebelle, a 2020-2021 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, to close the afternoon and celebrate our sector’s momentum. 

Why Your Support Matters 

Like many organizations, the Arts Council faced significant financial losses in 2020, and we are counting on Start with Art to fund our general operations and community programs.  Thanks to your generosity last year, we were able to: 

Invest $13.2 million to help artists and organizations financially recover and continue serving in ways that advance equity, inclusivity, safety, and innovation. 

Support 71 nonprofit arts & culture organizations through grant programs.

Serve 2,500+ artists/culture workers and provide 1,200 individual relief grants. 

Increase funding by 175% to organizations led by, or serving, people of color. 

Thank you for everything you do to make sure #IndyKeepsCreating! 


JILL HAUSER ROBISCH, VP & Senior Business Development Officer, Nonprofit Services, The National Bank of Indianapolis, Start with Art Committee Co-Chair KAREN ALTER, CEO/Owner, Borshoff, Start with Art Committee Co-Chair 

INEZ EVANS, President and CEO, IndyGo
DESERI GARCIA, President, Vida Aventura
TANYA STUART OVERDORF, President, Tanya S. Overdorf, P.C.
MARK VARNAU, Community Volunteer
GREG WALLIS, Wallis Consulting Services, LLC

(Re)Start With Art 2020: The replay! 

Emmanuel Carter

Thank you to those who joined us last year at (Re)Start With Art, presented by Schahet Hotels and produced in partnership with WFYI. The virtual benefit, emceed by actor Emmanuel Carter, offered an inspiring evening of stories, performances, and special guest appearances to recognize the power and resiliency of the arts. We also exceeded our goal of raising $1 million for the Keep Indy Creating Fund!

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Thank you to our funders

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Clowes Charitable Foundation