Recharged: The Art of Creative Renewal

Recharged: The Art of Creative Renewal 


Advancing Lilly Endowment’s Support for Reflection and Renewal

Eli Lilly once wrote, ‘It takes an artist to make us see, not the bewildering details of the world around us, but the great universals that give significance to our human experiences.’ At Lilly Endowment, we are inspired by these words from one of our founders. That’s why we have supported the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program since its inception in 1999. Artists come back from renewal experiences inspired in new ways, which in turn helps our community be a more engaging and vibrant place for residents and visitors alike.” -- Rob Smith, vice president for community development, Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. has a history of making grants to help rejuvenate professional commitments through the power of sabbatical. Lilly Endowment funds opportunities for teachers, pastors, artists, human service workers, and youth workers so they can take time away from their work to replenish physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual resources.

Building on its Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program founded in 1987, Lilly Endowment approached the Arts Council of Indianapolis in the late 1990s to explore ways to expand its commitment to renewal and reflection to the arts community. The collaboration inspired the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, a two-year, $10,000 grant for artists and arts administrators.

Since its launch in 1999, more than 400 grants have been awarded, investing more than $3.7 million in creativity across central Indiana.

As this innovative national model celebrates its 20th anniversary, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and WFYI present Recharged: The Art of Creative Renewal, a half-hour public television documentary that examines what the groundbreaking program means for our artists and our city. Produced by Sandy Roob and Sharon Gamble (Creative Renewal Fellow, class of 2005-2006), Recharged provides an overview of the Fellowship and the chance to meet seven of the Fellows (visual artist Anila Agha, musician John Alvarado, cabaret artist James Benn, theatre artist Keesha Dixon, poet Norbert Krapf, dancer Caitlin Negron, and visual artist Samuel Vazquez). You’ll learn how this visionary program has yielded incalculable returns on individual lives and our community.

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program is made possible by generous support from Lilly Endowment. To learn more about the program and future application opportunities, visit To learn more about Lilly Endowment’s full portfolio of Renewal Programs, visit

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