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Aug 20

Arts United announces awards for the Indiana Arts Commission’s Regional Initiative Grant program

Indiana Arts Commission to provide grant support for 31 regional arts projects in 2012-2013.  

Fort Wayne, August 20, 2012:  In partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), Arts United will award thirty-one grants to nonprofits, government agencies and schools totaling $178,602 in FY2013.  

Regional Initiative Grants are made possible with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.  As a Regional Arts Partner, Arts United administers IAC grants in 11 counties of northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

“We are pleased to join the IAC in encouraging the presence of the arts in communities large and small in northeast Indiana,” remarked Jim Sparrow, executive director of Arts United. “These grants provide support to many high quality, high impact programs that will enhance the vibrancy of individual and community life in our region.”

The Regional Initiative Grant program provides grants for operating support and project support. All IAC grant award recipients will be formally recognized during Arts United’s Bravo Celebration on November 7, 2012.

Recipients of 2013 Arts Organization Support grants include:

  •  Artlink
  • Audiences Unlimited
  • Bach Collegium
  • Children’s Choir of Huntington County
  • Creative Arts Council of Wells County
  • Embassy Theatre
  • Fort Wayne Ballet
  • Fort Wayne Children’s Choir
  • Fort Wayne Cinema Center
  • Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
  • Fort Wayne Dance Collective
  • Fort Wayne Youtheatre
  • Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education (“FAME”)
  • Heartland Chamber Chorale
  • LaFontaine Arts Council
  • Unity Performing Arts Foundation

 Recipients of 2013 Arts Project Support grants include:

  •  Berne Community Development Corporation – Swiss Days Festival
  • Bluffton Parks & Rec – Kehoe Concert Series
  • Fort Wayne Parks & Rec – Foellinger Outdoor Theatre Series
  • Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education – My Family Table Photo Journal
  • IPFW – Sculpture with Purpose
  • Memorial Park Middle School – Jazz Mentorship Program
  • Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow – 2012 Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow
  • North Adams Community Schools – Artist-in-Education program series
  • Northeast Indiana Public Radio – Jazz Fest
  • Roanoke Beatification Foundation Arts Council – A Renaissance in Roanoke
  • Swiss Heritage Society – Berne Heritage Festival
  • TekVenture, Incorporated – Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire
  • The History Center – 2012 Miami Indian Heritage Days
  • United Way of Adams County – Kekionga Festival
  • University of Saint Francis – Closer Look Lecture Series

Grant awards are determined through a competitive review process.  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 Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts United board of directors upon the recommendation of the review committee.

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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