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Start with Art 2016


Thank you to keynote speaker National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Yvonne Shaheen for your support of the arts in Indianapolis. A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors, presenters, collaborators, attendees, and supporters of the 30th annual Start with Art!

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Schahet Hotels kicked off the 2016 arts season with the 30th annual Start with Art luncheon on September 2 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Keynote speaker Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, shared a powerful message about the real impact of the arts. The luncheon event included performances by Kids Dance Outreach, IndyFringe, and Stacie Sandoval and Trio ConPaz.  


Build: A Place to Create
Kassim Norris, one of the Arts Council’s 2015 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows, created this beautiful video for us that highlights some of the enormously creative artists that make the city beautiful, and celebrates the role that the Arts Council of Indianapolis has played in making this real impact happen–along with generous partners and funders. 


2017 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship
Derrick Carter, visual artist
Eric Salazar, musician

Read more about the Beckmann Fellowship here.

2016 ARTI Awards
Designed by Quincy Owens & Luke Crawley

2016 Corporate ARTI Award
Gregory Appel Insurance

2016 Volunteer/Patron ARTI Award

John and Sarah Lechleiter

2016 Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award
Mary Jo Bayliss
Betty Perry

2016 ARTful Impact ARTI Award
Lilly Endowment Inc.

At the conclusion of Start with Art, we invited individuals from the audience who are involved in the arts to join us on stage for a photo. Look at all those smiling artists, arts administrators, and arts organization volunteers!
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