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Start with Art

Funds raised at Start with Art support the Arts Council's mission to nurture a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

Start with Art Impact

Here's what your support at Start with Art helps make possible year-round. 

Serving arts organizations

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Photo courtesy of Artmix

In 2022, Indy Arts Council invested $2.8 million in nearly 100 arts and culture organizations, helping to support the events that 8 million residents and visitors enjoy each year. The Arts Council administers funds through the City of Indianapolis' Annual Grants Program, and we expanded the program in 2023 to support a record number 85 organizations.

Last year, our first IDEA Learning Series convened 300+ arts administrators and board members to discuss DEIA challenges and opportunities. Our team also provides research, public policy resources, and marketing support to the Indianapolis arts & culture sector.

Serving artists

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"Art of the Game" 2022 - Photo by Matt Kryger

In 2022, the Indy Arts Council invested $1 million in the careers of 567 central Indiana artists through professional development, paid opportunities and networking events. Some of our signature programs include theArt & Soul festival, the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships, and the Welcome Race Fans artworks that greet Indy 500 fans each May.

Our Gallery 924 exhibits work by Indiana artists and gathers arts lovers for popular shows like DeHaan Artists of Distinction and TINY. The Arts Council also operates the Indianapolis Artsgarden–an iconic venue in the heart of downtown that showcases student and professional performers year-round and hosts private events.

Serving Indianapolis

Etheridge Knight Mural 2023 - Photo by Benjy Rose
Etheridge Knight Mural 2023 - Photo by Benjy Rose

Working with local and national artists, Indy Arts Council helped create 142 new public artworks in 2022. These artworks don't just make our city more vibrant; they connect us to our neighborhoods and stories.

Some of our most visible recent projects include the Bicentennial Legends mural series, the permanent “Art of the Game” exhibition at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, and the KIND Gallery at Indianapolis International Airport. 

The city’s nonprofit arts & culture sector also generates $440 million in annual economic impact, serves 8 million residents and visitors annually, and supports 30,000 full-and part-time jobs.

Sponsors & Contributors

Thank you to the sponsors and attendees who made Start with Art 2023 our most successful fundraiser yet. Interested in learning about the benefits of sponsoring Start with Art 2024? Please email Development Director Rochelle Jerry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thank you to our funders

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