Grants:Public Art for All Grants

Public Art for All Grants

Public Art for All Grants make funding available to project partners who have the capacity and desire to address public art equity issues. Thank you to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for their generous support of these grants.

Eligible applicants must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Applications for the first round of Public Art for All Grants closed March 31, 2024. Applications for the second round will open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2025.

Public Art for All Grants

About the grants

In 2021, the Indy Arts Council supported an initiative lead by Rokh Research & Design Studio to conduct the nation’s first comprehensive “Public Art for All” inventory. The research team counted and mapped all artworks in Marion County that are visible from the public right-of-way. They also assessed whether public art is truly accessible to all.

Key findings of the inventory:

  • There are large areas of the Marion County without access to public art within one mile of any given location (called a “public art desert”)
  • Public art commissions were not distributed equitably to women or femme-identifying, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ artists
  • Approximately 42% of existing public art is in desperate need of maintenance

The Public Art for All Grants make funding available to project partners who have the capacity and desire to address these public art equity issues.

Public Art for All Grants

Eligible applicants

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Marion County (not required to be arts-based)
  • Neighborhood associations based in Marion County with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

These grants are for organizations. Artists are not eligible, but may qualify to apply for a Public Art for Neighborhoods grant.

Which public art grant should I apply for?

If you’re ready to apply for a Public Art for All grant, you’re in the right place.
If you want to learn more about the Public Art for Neighborhoods grants, click here.

How to apply for a Public Art for All grant

  • STEP ONE

    Review the application guidelines.

    View Guidelines
  • STEP TWO

    Attend a workshop.

  • STEP THREE

    Complete your application.

    Applications will be reviewed in July and October of 2024.

    Apply Now

Connect with the Public Art for All grants program coordinator

Julia Muney Moore

Julia Muney Moore

Director of Public Art
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For personalized assistance, schedule a 30-minute consultation or email jmoore@indyarts.org.

FAQs

Public Art for All Grants

Who can apply?
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Marion County (not required to be arts-based)
  • Neighborhood associations based in Marion County with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

These grants are for organizations. Artists are not eligible, but may qualify to apply for a Public Art for Neighborhoods grant.

What types of public art can be funded?

There are no specific requirements for what kinds or forms of public art can be funded, as long as it’s a permanent (intended to last more than 5 years on the site) project that you can commit to maintaining for its expected lifespan. 

Types of projects to consider:

  • Murals
  • Sculptures
  • Creative monuments
  • Sound-based public art 
  • Media-based public art (such as projection mapping)
  • History-elevating projects
  • Community participation projects
  • Public art restoration or maintenance projects
  • Anything that is artistic, permanently sited, in public, and fulfills the goals of increasing access to public art and equity in its creation
How much funding can we get?
  • Any amount from $5,000 up to $45,000 
  • Requires 1:1 matching funds
What will I need to prepare?

You will need: 

  • An equitable project goal
  • A project idea
  • A project site
  • A project budget (including sources of matching funds)
  • A project timeline
  • Letters of support from community partners (optional, but strongly recommended)

You do NOT need an artist or artwork design when you apply.

How do I find out more?

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