Start with Art

Start with Art 2017

September 1, 2017 11:30 am-1:30 pm
J.W Marriott Indianapolis


Join us for the 31st annual Start with Art luncheon on September 1st at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. This year’s official kick-off to the new arts season will include stirring performances, recognition of exemplary people and programs in the arts through the presentation of the 2017 ARTI Awards, remarks by one of Indy’s biggest arts cheerleaders, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and a not-to-miss keynote presentation and performance by the current star of Broadway’s Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez! Order your tables now! Early reservations receive choice seating to be closer to all the action! 
Interested in becoming a sponsor of Start with Art, one of the largest business and arts luncheons in the country? Contact Candy Marshall for assistance with your sponsorship package. Sponsors receive incredible benefits including, new this year, free tickets to a full cabaret performance by Mandy Gonzalez on Thursday, August 31st (Silver and Gold sponsors). Ms. Gonzalez’s appearance is made possible through a new partnership with The Cabaret. Join us for an incredible two days of performances and celebrating the arts in Indianapolis!

The ARTI Awards were created by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to recognize outstanding contributions to Indianapolis arts and cultural organizations by corporations, small businesses, and volunteers/patrons, and arts educators.

The Arts Council must receive nomination forms no later than 5pm on Friday, August 11th.

Organizations or individuals may nominate up to five individuals or organizations in any of the categories. Awards will be presented at the 31st Annual Start With Art event on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the JW Marriott. Recipients must be present at the event.

Award categories:

CORPORATE: For corporations with more than fifty employees and/or annual gross income over $10 million.

SMALL BUSINESS: For businesses with less than fifty employees and/or annual gross income under $10 million.

VOLUNTEER/PATRONFor demonstrated leadership in the arts and/or significant contribution or service to an art form or an arts organization by a volunteer or patron.

ARTS EDUCATOR: For exemplary service, creativity, and passion in developing and educating young minds through the arts in the k-12 school system.

ARTFUL IMPACTFor any individual, group, or activity that had a significant and long-lasting impact through or in the arts in the past 12 months. This award honors groundbreaking or noteworthy achievements in the Indianapolis arts community.

Download the 2017 ARTI Award Nomination Form

View the past ARTI award winners

Thank you to our funders

Indiana Arts Commission