The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made it easier for independent artists to obtain healthcare for themselves and their families. We've put together some information and local resources to help artists navigate the process. Open enrollment starts November 1st, 2017!
In September of 2015, the Arts Council of Indianapolis partnered with the Western Art Society and the Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists to pull together an artist panel discussion on Reaching Art Collectors.
Krystii Melaine, Colbert, WA
Peter A. Nisbet, Santa Fe, NM
Constance Scopelitis, Indianapolis, IN
H. David Wright, Gallatin, TN
Moderated by Shannon M Linker, Arts Council of Indianapolis
The panel discussion was held in Gallery 924 at the Arts Council. Special thanks to Indianapolis-based artist, William Denton Ray for allowing his artwork and show Shapeshifting, to be photographed as part of this video. All rights reserved.
Once you have a few projects under your belt and are ready to take on national and international public art projects, you'll need to know the best repositories of calls for artists. Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art for the Arts Council has listed her go-to sites for Artist Opportunities here.
Are you a studio artist who is interested in making the leap to public art? If so, don't make the jump without conducting some basic background research first. The Arts Council's Director of Public Art, Julia Muney Moore, offers her best go-to resources (both on-line and in print) for general public art information.
Participating in Public Art Registries are a critical part of obtaining commissions, especially in cities with Percent for Art Programs. The Arts Council's Director of Public Art, Julia Muney Moore, has outlined some of the best and "must do" registries around the country.
Any artist applying for a grant, whether it be from a local agency like the Arts Council of Indianapolis or a national private funder will need to include well thought out supplemental materials with your grant submission. What are supplemental materials? These include Work Samples (audio of your band playing or video or you performing live on stage) and Support Materials (critical reviews of your work or letters of support).
Before you submit your next grant application, review this PowerPoint to get tips to best represent yourself and your work.
Supplemental Materials for Performing Artists PDF (312.06 kB 2015-10-25 22:24:47)
With the success of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour which began back in 2004 in downtown Indianapolis, many business owners have sought to use their locations as an alternative gallery space for visual art exhibitions. When done properly, this can be a wonderful opportunity for an artist to reach a new audience and a business owner to bring extra attention and activity to their space. However, there are best practices that should be followed in order to make it a win/win for everyone.
The following sites are useful resources for seeking employment in the arts, both locally and nationally.
The Artist Services Team at the Arts Council of Indianapolis offers a wide variety of FREE programs and services for central Indiana artists.
A Few Quick Resources:
INDY C.A.L.L.: Creative Arts Legal League is a not-for-profit referral organization which facilitates low to no-cost legal services and education to income-eligble artists and arts organizations in the Indiana community.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a national organization with offices in many major cities. This website offers many helpful resources and links as well as information about obtaining legal services.
A Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act - Prepared by Cynthia Esworthy, NEA General Counsel
Copyright Registration Law and Your Art - A helpful guide from ArtBusiness.com
Watch this simple step-by-step video to learn how to sign up for the Arts Council of Indianapolis' Online Artist Directory. It's free and its simple to sign up and edit your profile.
The Arts Council has multiple ways of helping artists and arts organization promote and share their events, watch this short video to see how.