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Jul 23

Arts United announces awards for the Neighborhood Grant Initiative, Arts in Education Grant Initiative

Arts United to provide grant support for 25 community and education projects in 2012-2013 with proceeds from the Fund Drive and Taste of the Arts Festival.  

Fort Wayne, July 23, 2012:  Arts United will award twenty-five grants to nonprofits and schools totaling $28,700 for community and education projects in FY2013.  

“Investing in a rich variety of new and entrepreneurial arts programming is essential to building vibrant communities,” states Jim Sparrow, executive director of Arts United. “We are pleased to partner with these organizations to bring both traditional and nontraditional arts programming to northeast Indiana’s neighborhoods and classrooms.”

Fourteen organizations will receive a total of $17,500 through the Neighborhood Grant Initiative. The Neighborhood Grant Initiative supports innovative arts and cultural activities in northeast Indiana’s neighborhoods and corridors that provide increased access to diverse arts and cultural activities. The Neighborhood Grant Initiative is made possible in part through a grant from Chase.

Recipients of 2013 Neighborhood Grant Initiative support include:

  • Catherine Kasper Place – World on Wheels Garden Project
  • Charley Creek Foundation – Charley Creek Arts Fest Instructional Art Series
  • Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation – Providing Free Youth Safe Havens
  • Fort Wayne Sister Cities International – Taiko in the Streets
  • Historic Forks of the Wabash – Forks of the Wabash Quilt Show
  • IPFW – 50th Anniversary Public Art Project, “Sculpture with Purpose”
  • Northeast Indiana Public Radio – Meet the Music Live
  • Roanoke Beautification Foundation Arts Council – A Renaissance in Roanoke
  • Steuben County Festival Choir – Handel’s Messiah
  • The Reclamation Project – Rialto Gallery Premier Exhibition
  • Unity Performing Arts Foundation – Community Arts Academy
  • Wabash Hoosier Salon – Wabash Marketplace Paintout
  • Whitley County Foundation – Whitley County Autumn Art Festival
  • Wunderkammer Company – Fort Wayne 1×1


Eleven organizations will receive a total of $11,200 through the Arts in Education Grant Initiative.  The Arts in Education Grant Initiative provides assistance to schools and nonprofit organizations who engage in effective, curriculum-based arts programming to serve students of all grade levels in northeast Indiana. The 2013 Arts in Education Grant Initiative is made possible in part through proceeds from the 2011 Taste of the Arts Festival.

Recipients of 2013 Arts in Education Grant Initiative support include:

  • ARCH – 4th Grade Heritage Trail
  • Arlington Elementary School – Visiting Artists and Fine Arts Day
  • FAME – Multicultural Visiting Artists Program
  • Fort Wayne Children’s Choir – Young People’s Interactive Music Experience
  • Fort Wayne Civic Theatre – IN THE WINGS
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Young People’s Concerts
  • Fort Wayne Youtheatre – African Folk Tales through Theatre
  • North Adams Community Schools – Artist in Education Program
  • University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts – Young Masters Art Academy After School Art Program
  • Wabash City Schools – Wabash County Visual and Performing Arts Summer Programs
  • Weisser Park Elementary School – Digital Photography


Grant awards for the Neighborhood Grant Initiative and Arts in Education Grant Initiative are determined through a competitive review process. As a steward of the community’s philanthropic support for arts and culture, Arts United relies on the expertise of an all-volunteer review committee with representatives from a variety of arts, cultural, community development and education fields. Final decisions on all grant requests rest with the Arts United board of directors upon the recommendation of the review committee.

Arts United awards over $1 million in operating support, project support and Indiana Arts Commission grants each year.  For more information about Arts United’s grant opportunities, visit 

Established in 1955, Arts United is the third oldest nonprofit united arts fund in the United States and the second largest arts council in the State of Indiana. Arts United’s mission is to develop, coordinate and support arts and cultural efforts in northeast Indiana.  To learn more about Arts United, visit

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