Start with Art 2019

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Start with Art is brought to you by Schahet Hotels and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Join us August 30 for Start with Art 2019 in celebration of the official kickoff to the 2019-2020 Indy Arts Season and our shared commitment to A Full Creative Life for All.

Start with Art is the largest annual business and arts luncheon in the country. This year’s event will feature inspiring performances by Indy-based artists and arts organizations, plus remarks by Mayor Joe Hogsett and keynote speaker Xavier Ramey, CEO & Lead Strategist of Justice Informed, LLC. And the annual ARTI Awards, sponsored by The National Bank of Indianapolis, for Arts Educator, Artful Impact, Volunteer/Patron, Business, and new this year: A Full Creative Life for All award honoring an individual or organization working to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility through the arts.



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2019 Start with Art Honorary Co-Chairs

     Deborah Asante     
     Founder and Artistic Director     
     Asante Children’s Theatre

     Brian Payne

     President and CEO
     Central Indiana Community Foundation     


About our keynote speaker

Xavier  MG 3115 grayscaleRamey is the CEO of Justice Informed, LLC, a social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, IL. Combining his background in economics, extensive management & social impact experience, deep network and practice in institutional change, & direct action campaigning in the Black Lives Matter movement, Xavier leads a company that brings a wealth of experience & networks to clients seeking catalyzed strategies for Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, philanthropy, CSR, & community engagement. Xavier is an award-winning social sector leader, international public speaker, & workplace and community cultural practice translator. A native Chicagoan, he is a recognizable voice on the topics of community and economic development, intersectional social justice, racial justice, public policy, & 21st century inclusion and equity practices. 

Xavier served as the lead of the Social Innovation and Philanthropy strategy in the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement, managed multi-million dollar philanthropic portfolios to support employment and income opportunities for marginalized communities, & worked as a nonprofit Director of Development in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. He has consulted for institutions and persons across the world, predominantly in the US and Africa. He is a founding member of The #LetUsBreathe Collective—an artist-activist group working to engage the challenges of police violence, anti-blackness, and the marginalization of divested communities. Xavier is an Executive Board member of Young Chicago Authors, & the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. 

"Investing in local arts and culture is essential to the health and vitatlity of our city. The Arts Council of Indianapolis plays a significant role in shaping a vibrant Indianapolis, enhancing connections between our neigborhoods and the creative community, and ensuring the many benefits of the arts are available to all."

Mayor Joe Hogsett


SHAWN MULHOLLAND, Vice President, Shiel Sexton, Start with Art Committee Chair
TED GIVENS, President, TAG Consulting, LLC, Arts Council of Indianapolis Board Chair
KAREN ALTER, CEO, Partner, Borshoff
DESERI GARCIA, President, Vida Aventura
JILL HAUSER ROBISCH, VP, Non-Profit Services, National Bank of Indianapolis
BRENDA HORN, Community Volunteer
JARROD KRISILOFF, Executive Director of Events, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
MARK VARNAU, Community Volunteer

Silver Sponsors

Curran Architecture, Eli Lilly & Company, Glick Philanthropies, imagenation, Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Shiel Sexton/Anova, The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate

Bronze Sponsors

American Structurepoint, Axis Architecture and Interiors, Bank of America, Barnes & Thornburg, Borshoff, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Inc., Buckingham Foundation, Citizens Energy Group, Eskenazi Health Foundation, FlashPoint, Ice Miller, Indiana Sports Corp, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Indy Chamber, IndyStar, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Katz, Sapper & Miller, Lacy Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc., MacAllister Machinery Company, Inc., OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc., Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Ratio Architects, Somerset CPAs and Advisors, TAG Consulting, LLC, Waterside


The 2019 ARTI Awards are sponsored by The National Bank of Indianapolis.

The ARTIs were created by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to recognize outstanding contributions to the Indianapolis arts and cultural community. This is a wonderful way for your organization to honor and recognize your volunteers, patrons, and supporters. Make a nomination today!

Thank you for your ARTI nominations. We look forward to seeing you at Start with Art!

Awards will be presented at Start with Art on Friday, August 30th, 2019 at the JW Marriott.

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Thank you to our funders

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