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About the Keep Indy Creating Fund

In the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ latest artist survey, more than half of respondents said they lost at least 40% of their income in 2020 due to challenges from COVID-19. Additionally, many expressed a need for mental health services as they navigate the ramifications of a year of isolation. 

In response to these findings and with the support of many generous donors and supporters, the Arts Council is now offering a new round of 270+ grants from the Keep Indy Creating Fund.

60%: Artists who had to reduce their work-related expenses. More than half also had to cut back on essential living expenses, including food, housing, and utilities. 

25%: Artists who have already abandoned their creative practice or are considering doing so due to challenges created by COVID-19.

37%: Artists reporting no personal savings in February 2021, compared to 25% in February 2020.

50%: Artists expressing a need for mental health services and support. 

To learn more about the grants and eligibility, please visit our Apply page.

Our 2020 efforts to ensure #IndyKeepsCreating:

Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund
The $1 million fund distributed $420,000 in relief grants to artists and culture workers and $550,000 to nonprofit arts and culture organizations via a $500,000 CARES Act allocation from the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program COVID-19 Relief Fund and $50,000 from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. In addition, the Efroymson Family Fund matched individual contributions, up to a total of $100,000.

(Re)Start With Art
A virtual benefit, hosted by the Arts Council, presented by Schachet Hotels, and produced in partnership with WFYI, to celebrate the resiliency and innovation of the arts community. 

Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund
A $10.2 million fund to assist the safe reopening of nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. 

City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program
$1.4 million awarded in grants to 70 nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
Awarded 900 rapid-response grants to help artists and arts and culture workers who suffered severe income losses. Special thanks to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc., the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, for generous investments of $50,000 each. We also appreciate Visit Indy’s donation of $30,000 from sales of official INDY T-shirts, in partnership with The Shop.

Image by Scott Crane.

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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