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Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship recharges artists and arts administrators with a sabbatical-like award. In 2024, 50 individuals will each be awarded $12,000 to pursue activities that will bring rest, inspiration, and energy.

Learn more about fellows’ experiences at Artist Industry Night, at the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Exhibition at Gallery 924, or with this online catalog.

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship application opens June 24 and is due August 4, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship – Grant information

About the fellowship

In the late 1990s, Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Arts Council of Indianapolis launched the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship to rejuvenate and retain the city’s creative talent.

Nearly twenty-five years later, the program has infused $4+ million into the Indianapolis arts community through fellowships engaging more than 400 professionals working in music, dance, theatre, literature, and visual arts.

The fellowship focuses on personal, creative, or professional renewal with the belief that the entire community will benefit through investments in individuals in the creative community. Similar to the concept of an academic sabbatical, it refreshes and inspires arts administrators and artists to continue their creative work in the Indy arts ecosystem.

 

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Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship – Grant information

Example fellowship activities

Check out past fellows’ experiences. Learn more from fellows at Artist Industry Night or at the Retrospective Exhibition at Gallery 924.

Fellowship activities could include (but are not limited to):

  • Exploration of new ideas, cultures, art forms
  • Pursuit of new or familiar avenues of artistic expression
  • Research and/or instruction
  • Wellness or artistic retreats

Fellowship activities may be conducted anywhere in the world. Funds may be used for any expenses related to the fellowship activities, like travel, housing, or equipment.

Review the full guidelines for more details.

 

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Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship – Grant information

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Have lived and/or worked in Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson, or Shelby County¬†for the past two years and continue to do so during the fellowship.
  • Be a professional artist or an arts administrator who has been working in the arts for at least five years.
  • Have generated the majority of income over the past two years in the arts.

Review the full guidelines for more eligibility details.

 

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  • STEP ONE

    Review the application guidelines

    view guidelines
  • STEP TWO

    Participate in a workshop (optional)

  • STEP THREE

    Application opens June 24

    This is a written, online application. If you prefer an alternate format (such as dictated responses, video responses, other languages), please reach out to grants@indyarts.org.

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Anna Tragesser

Anna Tragesser

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Nikki Kirk

Nikki Kirk

Director of Community Impact & Strategic Investment
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Retrospective Exhibition

View artifacts, reflections and creations from fellows’ renewal experiences on display at Gallery 924 through July 18, 2024. Learn more about the exhibition.

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Artist Industry Night: Creative Renewal Fellows Panel

Hear about fellows’ reflections on renewal and what they learned from their experiences at Artist Industry Night on June 26. Register here.

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Fellowship Explorer

Get to know each fellow a little better and experience some snapshots of their activities with this snazzy interactive guide.