March 26, 2019, Evansville—The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to serve as the new Regional Arts Partner for Region 10, which includes Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. In this role, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana will be responsible for facilitating funding opportunities for artists and arts-related nonprofits, providing information and referrals, assisting individual artists seeking funding, and administering IAC’s Regional Initiative Grant processes.
The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is committed to enhancing quality of life and supporting economic development through advocacy and promotion of the arts, arts education and arts organizations in Southwestern Indiana. The Arts Council carries out this mission through fine arts exhibitions, performances, community arts initiatives, and youth arts granting to classrooms and organizations throughout Vanderburgh County. The organization is the only free, public arts space in the community and hosts or supports over 70 events annually.
The Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., which is made up of affiliate Community Foundations in all Region 10 counties except Dubois, has served as the Regional Arts Partner for the past 7 years, through its Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The Alliance took over the role in 2012, following a reorganization that centralized the IAC grant application process through online services and reduced administrative funding to many of its regional partners, including the Arts Council, which had been serving in this capacity up to that time.
According to Jill Carpenter, Executive Director of the Alliance, the Alliance will work closely with the Arts Council to insure a smooth transition. “We have a great relationship with the Arts Council and look forward to working with them in any way necessary so our communities continue to benefit from this important funding source for arts-related programs.”
Anne McKim, Executive Director of the Arts Council, says the Community Foundation Alliance will continue to manage the upcoming grant cycle, with the Arts Council transitioning to their new role July 1 of this year. “We’re so pleased to be able to serve the IAC and our regional artists and arts organizations in this capacity,” says McKim. “This opportunity will allow us to continue the Community Foundation Alliance’s success in developing the creative community throughout the region.”
The latest guidelines for IAC Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) grants were announced by the Community Foundation Alliance in December. That information is available on the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s website.
For addtional information: Melinda M. Waldroup, Director Programs and Engagement Department, Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., at 812.429.1191 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne McKim, Executive Director
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at 812.303.3178 or email@example.com.