Transformational Impact Fellowship Program

2021-2022 Timeline (Next round):

Application released: February 2019 (To be confirmed)
Application deadline: May 2020 (To be confirmed)
Award notification: September 2020 (To be confirmed)
Support begins: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022 (To be confirmed)
*This is a pilot program and the dates above are estimates to be finalized once the current round has been evaluated in late 2018.

General Grant Information
In 2016, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the generous funding support of Lilly Endowment Inc., launched a “pilot" program titled the Transformational Impact Fellowship. The program is the next phase in the evolution of the Arts Council’s hugely successful and nationally recognized Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program (est. 1999). This pilot program is a direct response to the rise and development of the collective impact model in Indianapolis for community and civic organizations from all sectors to come together to realize big ideas that can transform a neighborhood, a community, or a city.  

The Transformational Impact Fellowship Program is designed to award two $100,000, two-year fellowships to qualified artists and/or artist teams working in partnership with a nonprofit organization, community and/or neighborhood in Marion County. The program was created to place professional artists at the forefront of community development in Indianapolis. Assessment and evaluation is key to the success of this program, and following the 2016-2017 pilot, the Arts Council will conduct a comprehensive review of the community impact of the pilot program. The qualifying artists may specialize in any artistic discipline (music, dance, theatre, literature, film, and or visual art) and will also be of the highest artistic caliber with a demonstrated exhibition and/or performance history. Selected artists or artist teams will work regularly with Arts Council staff on all aspects of the fellowship.  

For more information, please contact Ernest Disney-Britton at (317) 631-0331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2016-2017 Transformational Impact Fellows (Pilot program)

Bryan Fonseca, a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow and nationally respected theatre professional, is inspired to work with Haughville, Hawthorn, Stringtown, and We Care. The four neighborhoods are devoid of any resident artistic company, performance space, or museum or gallery. For his fellowship, Fonseca will form a bilingual team to create a Mobile Cultural Center for creating and presenting theatre, dance, and visual arts programs in these communities. His community partners will include Haughville Library, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Westside Community Development Corporation, the Near West Collaborative, and many others. In doing so, Fonseca will use the arts as a way to affect social change through civic interaction. Fonseca is the founding director of Phoenix Theatre, and has already played a pivotal role in the transformation of Massachusetts Avenue through the arts, and he will now bring that experience to the Near Westside.

Greg Hull, a visual artist and also a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, is well respected for creating experiential-based installations that incorporate light and video, and other technologies. For his fellowship, Hull will work with ALS patients in partnership with healthcare professionals at IU. These ALS patients will create visual imagery by being linked to microprocessors that will be projected inside the patient rooms and eventually on a larger scale in public areas of the hospital. These media arts creations will express the emotions of patients through the use of color, composition, motion, and form. Hull has described this as the opportunity to give “control back” to people who had “lost all control,” and to do it through the arts.  

Transformational Impact Fellowship in the News

Watch the Arts Council's Transformational Impact Fellowship video to learn more >>
Miss the initial Transformational Impact Fellowship announcement? Click here to watch the video >>
Watch WISH-TV interview to learn more >>
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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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