Thanks to generous community support, the Arts Council of Indianapolis was able to raise more than $13 million to support independent artists and performers, and nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Indianapolis in 2020. We are currently assessing the needs of independent artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations to inform our next phase of COVID-19 recovery and relief efforts.

Our 2020 efforts included:

The Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund
From October to December 2020, the Fund raised more than $1,001,783, exceeding our $1 million goal!

  • $420,000 supported $1,000 relief grants to eligible artists and arts and culture workers in need of emergency financial assistance.
  • An additional $550,000 was awarded to nonprofit arts and culture organizations via the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program COVID-19 Relief Fund (a $500,000 City CARES Act allocation administered by the Arts Council), and $50,000 designated by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

Leadership commitments included the City of Indianapolis, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Glick Philanthropies, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, and nearly 40 corporate and civic partners. The Fund was also supported by generous individual donors, whose contributions were doubled as part of the Efroymson Family Fund Match Challenge, up to a total of $100,000.

(Re)Start With Art
On Oct. 23, the Arts Council hosted (Re)Start With Art, a virtual benefit presented by Schahet Hotels and produced in partnership with WFYI, to celebrate the resiliency and innovation of the arts community. All sponsorships and donations benefited the Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund.

The Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund
This $10 million Fund, made possible through generous support by Lilly Endowment Inc., is designed to help nonprofit arts and culture organizations address the unexpected capital and operating expenses due to COVID-19 in order to support their safe reopening and future delivery of their missions. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31, 2021.

The Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
From March through June, the Fund awarded 900 rapid-response emergency grants to help artists and arts and culture workers who suffered severe income losses caused by the venue closures and event cancellations due to the pandemic.

The Fund was seeded by generous initial investments of $50,000 each by 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. In addition, Visit Indy donated over $30,000 from sales of official INDY T-shirts, in partnership with The Shop.

The City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program
In 2020, grant funding totaling $1.4 million was awarded to 70 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving Indianapolis and Marion County. The application approval process was accelerated to assist organizations impacted by COVID-19. The City funds the grants, which are administered by the Arts Council to support general operating and programming for eligible organizations.

Thanks to Our Funders & Partners

American Structurepoint
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bose Public Affairs Group
Browning Investments, Inc.
CitimarkĀ 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
IndyGo
Katz, Sapper & Miller
KERAMIDA Foundation
Messer Construction
Schmidt Associates
Shiel Sexton
Strada Education Network
TAG Consulting LLC
16 Tech
Generous individual donorsĀ 

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