Nearly 100% of Indianapolis-based artists have suffered severe income losses during the pandemic.

Yet #IndyKeepsCreating. Artists and arts and culture workers have served and inspired us by delivering art kits to students, inviting us “into” their creative spaces for concerts and performances, sewing protective gowns for health-care workers, creating uplifting #MaskUpIndy art, painting powerful murals to advocate for racial justice, and more.

Thanks to the generous support of our funders and individual donors, we were able to offer more than 900 emergency relief grants to artists and cultural workers during Phase I (March-May 2020) and an additional 300 grants in Phase II (Oct.-Dec. 2020).

Phase I and II applications are now closed. The Arts Council is formulating a new survey to better understand the 2021 needs of the Indianapolis arts community. Based on our findings, we will move forward with new services and resources. Please check this site for updates, follow @artscouncilindy on social and sign up for the Artist Opportunities newsletter.

Questions about the Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund? Please email

Special thanks to Big Car Collaborative and Pattern Indy and for their partnership to develop the #IndyKeepsCreating graphics.

Thanks to Our Funders & Partners

American Structurepoint
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bose Public Affairs Group
Browning Investments, Inc.
Citimark Real Estate Investment Company
Eskenazi Health
Fifth Third Bank
Gregory & Appel Insurance, Inc.
Indiana Sports Corp
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Ice Miller LLP
Indiana Sports Corp
Indianapolis Airport Authority

Indianapolis Public Schools
Indianapolis Colts
Indy Chamber
Katz, Sapper & Miller
KERAMIDA Foundation
Messer Construction
Schmidt Associates
Shiel Sexton
Strada Education Network
TAG Consulting LLC
16 Tech
Generous individual donors 


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