It only happens once a year...

Start with Art

Brought to you by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Schahet Hotels

Friday, August 31
11:30 pm - 1:30 pm
(Networking and Registration begin at 11:00 am)
J.W. Marriott Indianapolis


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Start with Art is one of the country's largest business and arts luncheons of its kind and kicks-off the Indianapolis arts season. Now in its 32nd year, Start with Art is an Indianapolis tradition where nearly 1,200 corporate, civic, arts, and community leaders celebrate and support the arts in Indianapolis. This event is one of the largest networking events of the year in Indianapolis. 

Start with Art is a two-hour event that includes unique performances, an insightful and inspiring keynote presentation from an industry thought leader, appearances by elected officials including an address by arts champion, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and the presentation of the Arts Indianapolis Award, or ARTIs, to commemorate outstanding contributions to the arts.

Individual, nonprofit, and table registrations are available and don't miss an opportunity to show your company's support for the arts in our city, sponsorship packages are available!

Keep the celebration going at the Jiffy Lube After Party! 

Stay for a drink (on us!), relax, mingle, and network while learning more about Jiffy Lube's exciting public art project before heading back to work or out to enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

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    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."


    The Arts Indianapolis Awards or 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!

    The Arts Council must receive nominations no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, August 3rd.

    Awards will be presented at Start with Art on Friday, August 31st, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott. Recipients must be present to win. 

    Thank you to our funders

    Indiana Arts Commission
    Clowes Charitable Foundation