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Special thanks to the 750 arts, business, and community leaders who joined us to kick off the 2023 fall arts season and support the work we do to nurture a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

Start with Art sold out and featured a record number of event sponsors. Because of your generosity, Indy Arts Council had its most successful fundraiser ever!

Interested in partnering with us for Start with Art 2024? Please contact Development Director Rochelle Jerry at rjerry@indyarts.org.

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START WITH ART 2023: REWIND

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.

Interested in sponsorship or partnership opportunities? Please email Rochelle Jerry at rjerry@indyarts.org. We’d love to help connect you to valuable opportunities to engage with local arts & culture.

Start with Art Impact

  • SERVING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

  • SERVING ARTISTS

  • SERVING INDIANAPOLIS

SERVING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

In 2022, Indy Arts Council invested $2.8 million in nearly 100 arts and culture organizations, helping to support the events that 8 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 number 85 organizations.

Last year, our first IDEA Learning Series convened 300+ 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 2022, the Indy Arts Council invested $1 million in the careers of 567 central Indiana artists through professional development, paid opportunities and networking events. Some of our signature programs include theArt & 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 142 new public artworks in 2022. 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 Bicentennial Legends mural series, 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 $440 million in annual economic impact, serves 8 million residents and visitors annually, and supports 30,000 full-and part-time jobs.

CONGRATS TO THE 2023 ARTI WINNERS!

2023 ARTI 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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Rochelle Jerry

Rochelle Jerry

Director of Development
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