National Endowment For The Arts Announces American Rescue Plan Grants To Indiana Arts Organizations

Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the awarding of seven American Rescue Plan (ARP) awards to Indiana arts organizations totaling $700,000. The organizations may use this funding to save jobs, and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.

“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial to helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”

The Indiana organizations receiving funding are:

American Folklore Society, Inc., Bloomington, IN – $100,000

Society for Ethnomusicology, Inc, Bloomington, IN – $50,000

Heartland Film, Inc, Indianapolis, IN – $150,000

Indianapolis Museum of Art (aka Newfields), Indianapolis, IN – $150,000

Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Inc (aka Indy Jazz Fest), Indianapolis, IN – $100,000

Partnerships for Lawrence Inc, Indianapolis, IN – $100,000

Artmix Inc., Indianapolis, IN – $50,000

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 and included $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the arts sector. This is the third installment of ARP funding from the NEA. In April 2021, the NEA announced $52 million in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations for subgranting through their respective programs. In November 2021, the NEA announced $20.2 million to 66 local arts agencies for subgranting to local artists and art organizations.  

About the National Endowment for the Arts Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.