Start with Art 2020

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Celebrating the Official Start of the Indy Arts Season
Friday, August 28 | 11 am | JW Marriott
Presented by Schahat Hotels and the Arts Council of Indianapolis

Start with Art 2020 will take place Friday, August 28th. One of the largest business and arts luncheons in the nation with 1,000+ attendees, Start with Art is an Indianapolis tradition where business, arts, and community leaders celebrate and support Indy’s vibrant arts and cultural scene.

Our 34th annual event will honor the Indianapolis Bicentennial with live performances, Mayor Joe Hogsett, ARTI Awards, and a keynote address by Broadway star Ali Stroker. Stroker is the first actress who uses a wheelchair for mobility to appear on a Broadway stage, and to be nominated for and win a Tony Award in 2019 for her role as Ado Annie in Oklahoma!


"Investing in local arts and culture is essential to the health and vitatlity of our city. The Arts Council of Indianapolis plays a significant role in shaping a vibrant Indianapolis, enhancing connections between our neigborhoods and the creative community, and ensuring the many benefits of the arts are available to all."

Mayor Joe Hogsett


JILL HAUSER ROBISCH, VP, Non-Profit Services, National Bank of Indianapolis, Start with Art Committee Co-Chair
KAREN ALTER, Owner/Principal, Borshoff, Start with Art Committee Co-Chair
INEZ EVANS, President and CEO, IndyGo
DESERI GARCIA, President, Vida Aventura
JARROD KRISILOFF, Executive Director of Events, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
SHAWN MULHOLLAND, Vice President, Anova Technical Services, an affiliate of Shiel Sexton
TANYA STUART OVERDORF, President, Tanya S. Overdorf, P.C.
MARK VARNAU, Community Volunteer
GREG WALLIS, Wallis Consulting Services, LLC


The 2020 ARTI Awards are sponsored by The National Bank of Indianapolis.

The ARTIs were created by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to recognize outstanding contributions to the Indianapolis arts and cultural community. This is a wonderful way for your organization to honor and recognize your volunteers, patrons, and supporters. Make a nomination today!

Nominations are due no later than Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Thank you for your ARTI nominations. We look forward to seeing you at Start with Art!

Awards will be presented at Start with Art on Friday, August 28, 2020 at the JW Marriott.

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