Start with Art

Celebrating equity and innovation in the arts.

Indy Arts Council invites you to kick off the fall arts season at Start with Art, presented by Schahet Hotels, from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2024 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Join more than 800 arts, business, and community leaders to celebrate the artists and arts organizations that make our city unique. Funds raised support our mission to advocate for equity in the arts and achieve “A Creative Life for All” in Indianapolis.

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START WITH ART: 2023 REWIND

  • SPONSOR

    Interested in Start with Art sponsorship opportunities? We’re offering new, unique ways to support experiences at the event + additional recognition benefits this year.

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  • ARTI AWARDS

    The ARTI Awards honor people and organizations who are advancing equity and innovation in Indianapolis arts & culture.

    2024 nominations are open through June 13.

    Nominate
  • ATTEND

    Relax and reconnect during the Start with Art pre-show reception. Then, enjoy performances, speakers, a silent auction, and a state of the arts panel discussion.

    Individual tickets go on sale July 15.

  • GIVE

    Can’t make it to Start with Art, but care about the arts and want to support our mission? We appreciate you.

    donate

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Rochelle Jerry

Rochelle Jerry

Director of Development
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Interested in partnering with us?

Please contact Rochelle Jerry, Director of Development, at rjerry@indyarts.org or (312) 972-7390.

Start with Art: Impact

  • SERVING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

  • SERVING ARTISTS

  • SERVING INDIANAPOLIS

SERVING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

In 2023, Indy Arts Council invested $1.5 million in 85+ arts and culture organizations, helping to support the events that 6.5 million residents and visitors enjoy each year. The Arts Council administers funds through the City of Indianapolis’ Annual Grants Program, and we expanded the program in 2023 to support a record 85 organizations.

Last year, our IDEA Learning Series convened hundreds of arts administrators and board members to discuss DEIA challenges and opportunities. Our team also provides research, public policy resources, and marketing support to the Indianapolis arts & culture sector.

SERVING ARTISTS

In 2023, the Indy Arts Council invested $5.6K in the careers of 700 central Indiana artists through professional development, paid opportunities and networking events. Some of our signature programs include the Art & Soul festival, the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships, and the Welcome Race Fans artworks that greet Indy 500 fans each May.

Our Gallery 924 exhibits work by Indiana artists and gathers arts lovers for popular shows like DeHaan Artists of Distinction and TINY. The Arts Council also operates the Indianapolis Artsgarden–an iconic venue in the heart of downtown that showcases student and professional performers year-round and hosts private events.

SERVING INDIANAPOLIS

Working with local and national artists, Indy Arts Council helped create numerous new public artworks in 2023. These artworks don’t just make our city more vibrant; they connect us to our neighborhoods and stories.

Some of our most visible recent projects include the NBA All-Star activations, Bicentennial Unity Plaza mural, the permanent “Art of the Game” exhibition at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, and the KIND Gallery at Indianapolis International Airport.

The city’s nonprofit arts & culture sector also generates $524 million in annual economic impact, serves 6.5 million residents and visitors annually, and supports 7,500 full-and part-time jobs.

START WITH ART: 2024 sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors.

Thank you to the organizations and individuals who have already committed their support.

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START WITH ART: 2023 Sponsors

2023 Sponsors

We’d like to thank the generous people and organizations who made Start with Art 2023 our most successful fundrasier yet.

We are especially grateful to the Efroymson Family Fund for generously offering to match donations, up to $15,000. And we appreciate those who contributed to our “creatively curated” silent auction, where attendees bid on 200+ unique items.

START WITH ART: 2023 ARTI AWARD WINNERS

Corporate Leadership: IndyGo
Cultural Entrepreneur: PATTERN
Neighborhood Impact: Fonseca Theatre Company
Community Partnerships: International Marketplace Coalition & Global Village Welcome Center
Artist/Activist: Kaila Austin
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary Schahet

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