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Articles in Category: Arts Council Resources

Special thanks to the Indiana Arts Commission and the Willard & Anne Levin Foundation for making these workshops and videos possible.

Public Art: Artist Registries

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. 

Grant Writing Tips: Supplemental Materials for Performing Artists

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.

pdf Supplemental Materials for Performing Artists PDF (312 KB)  

Alternative Spaces: A Guide for Business Owners

With the success of the 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. 


Legal Links and Resources

A Few Quick Resources:

Lawyers for the Arts: Recent events arising from the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in challenges to Indiana artists and arts organizations. Galleries are having trouble paying their rent. Artists have questions about unemployment eligibility. Arts organizations are concerned about liability issues should they re-open and how to access pandemic relief funds. Pro Bono Indiana’s Lawyers for the Arts project is designed to provide legal resources to answer these and other legal issues. Artists and small arts organizations with limited funds may qualify for pro bono legal assistance. Others with greater resources can be referred to attorneys with the expertise to assist with their concerns. To see if you qualify and to obtain help, please call the number below:

Intake number: 812-402-6303 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. central time)

Support provided by the Indiana Bar Foundation

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 


Packing and Storing 3D Artwork


Indianapolis-based artist Bonnie Stahlecker is a book artist who also larger sculptural wall pieces using some of the same delicate materials used to make her artist books. Over the years, she has developed a solid system of building custom boxes to protect her artwork. Here she shares a few of her best practices with us.

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This directory is made possible in part by funding from the Willard & Anne Levin Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission.

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