Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

2020-2021 Timeline (Round 11):

  • Applications: May 16 - August 16, 2019 (Closed) 
  • Documentary: “Recharged: The Art of Creative Renewal” on WFYI
  • Award Notification: December 16, 2019 
  • Fellowship Period: January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

General Grant Information
In the late 1990s, the Lilly Endowment approached the Arts Council of Indianapolis to discuss the idea of creating an arts community version of its long standing Renewal Program, which includes fellowships for pastors, teachers, and social service and youth workers in a sabbatical type program. The collaboration created a new program that ultimately became the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, a two-year, $10,000 grant for artists and administrators. Since its launch in 1999, more than 450 grants have been awarded, infusing more than $4.1 million into our community.

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards forty $10,000 fellowships every other-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation called the “Retrospective," the results of their fellowship with the community.

Recharged: The Art of Creative Renewal premiered Thursday, May 16th, at 7:30 pm on WFYI 1. Learn more and find out when/where you can watch it next:

For more information, please contact Rishard Allen at (317) 631-3301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Click here to access the online grant system.

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The Arts Council of Indianapolis is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We believe in a full creative life for all.

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