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Arts Commission announces $61,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds distributed to communities utilizing the strength of the arts in recovery

The Indiana Arts Commission has announced it has distributed American Rescue Plan Act funds to 17 communities in Indiana totaling $61,000.

Grants were distributed through the agency’s Creative Community Pathway program. The Creative Community Pathway program provides a roadmap for Indiana communities to start, focus, or deepen arts and culture-based strategies to grow community wellbeing.  Funds were provided by the Indiana Arts Commission’s regional arts organizational partner, Arts Midwest, utilizing American Rescue Plan funds.

“Across our state, communities are looking to the creative sector to address challenges presented by COVID-19,” said Indiana Arts Commission Executive Director Miah Michaelsen. “This funding will support these 17 unique places as they leverage the arts to strengthen their communities and, in the process, contribute to Indiana’s economic recovery and future growth.”

Communities receiving funding: Bloomington, Lafayette, Carmel, Lebanon, Columbus, Madison, Fishers, Nashville, Fort Wayne, New Albany, Franklin, Noblesville, Goshen, Terre Haute, Jeffersonville, Wabash and Kokomo         

Funds will support salaries; fees and stipends for artists; facilities and operational costs; health and safety supplies for staff and participants; and marketing and promotion expenses.

In total, this year, the Indiana Arts Commission has distributed $895,000 in American Rescue Plan funds to 295 communities and organizations around the state.