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Arts Council of Indianapolis and Community Funders Announce Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund 

Relief fund to help support artists and affiliated workers of all arts disciplines experiencing severe losses due to more than 1,000 arts and culture closures and cancellations as #IndyKeepsCreating

In partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, a coalition of community funders has established the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. The fund will provide nearly 800 rapid response grants to bridge the severe lost wages that make many members of our creative community vulnerable, helping to ensure that #IndyKeepsCreating now and into the future.

The Fund has leadership commitments of $300,000, thanks to generous investments of $50,000 each by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Glick Philanthropies, and Herbert Simon Family Foundation.

The Fund is also supported by a public GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $50,000. Gifts of any amount will be matched by the Efroymson Family Fund up to $25,000, bringing the public campaign goal total to $75,000. Almost $20,000 has been donated through public contributions to date.

In addition, Visit Indy announced yesterday that the Fund will receive just over $30,000 from recent sales of official INDY T-shirts. In less than a week, the public T-shirt campaign, a partnership between Visit Indy and The Shop, raised more than $60,000, which will be divided between the Arts Council and the United Way of Central Indiana to help support workers in the local hospitality and tourism industry. With Visit Indy’s donation and the public campaign goal, the total Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund is expected to exceed $400,000.

Or, you can mail a check to:

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
c/o Arts Council of Indianapolis
924 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204


100% of all contributions to the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to central Indiana artists, arts workers, and administrators. The Fund will be managed by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with the funders and support from Indy Music Strategy, Indiana Humanities, Create Indy, and others.

Here are other immediate ways you can help:

  1. Visit  often to learn more about the growing number of virtual arts and cultural offerings and additional resources to support artists and arts and cultural organizations. 
  2. Donate tickets to any canceled events back to the organization instead of asking for a refund.
  3. Donate directly to the arts and culture organizations and venues you value. 
  4. Provide payments and tips to individual artists as they share their work on social media.  
  5. Buy subscriptions, memberships, tickets, and gift cards from arts and cultural organizations.

And please support local restaurants, bars, businesses, music venues and other cultural and entertainment locations impacted by the crisis. We’re all in this together. 

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations to the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund managed by the Arts Council are tax-deductible.


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Special thanks to all of our funders


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