Indy Arts & Culture Giving Guide

The Arts Council provides funding annually to 70 nonprofit arts & cultural organizations in Central Indiana on behalf of the City of Indianapolis. Since March, these organizations have suffered an average $8.6 million in financial losses per month due to venue closures and event cancelations caused by the pandemic. On Giving Tuesday (and beyond), we encourage you to support these organizations by giving a direct donation or buying tickets to the virtual and in-real-life events they are hosting throughout the holidays.   


ArtMix Inc.

Big Car Media, Inc.

Cat Head Press

Harrison Center for the Arts

Indianapolis Art Center


Dance Kaleidoscope

Iibada Dance Company

Indianapolis Ballet Inc.

Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective

Kids Dance Outreach


Asante Children’s Theatre

Buck Creek Players, Inc.

Claude McNeal’s Musical Theatre Training

Echoing Air

Fonseca Theatre Company

Footlite Musicals

Freetown Village, Inc.

Indiana Performing Arts Centre Inc.

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, Inc.

NoExit Performance

Phoenix Theatre

Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis, Inc.

Summer Stock Stage

Summit Performance Indianapolis, Inc.

The District Theatre

The Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival

The Sapphire Theatre Company, Inc.

Young Actors Theatre


Indiana Writers Center

Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library

Storytelling Arts of Indiana

The New Harmony Project Inc.


American Pianists Association

Classical Music Indy, Inc.

Drum Corps International, Inc.

Echoing Air

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Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis

Festival Music Society of Indiana, Inc.

Indiana Music Education Association & Foundation

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

Indianapolis Children’s Choir

Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, Inc.

Indianapolis Opera

Indianapolis Suzuki Academy, Inc.

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Indianapolis Women’s Chorus

IndyBaroque Music, Inc.

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Music for All

Musical Family Tree

Percussive Arts Society

Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis

The Cabaret


Heartland Film, Inc.

Museums, Historical Sites, and Culture Organizations

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Indiana Historical Society

Indiana State Museum Foundation

Indianapolis Zoo

Madam Walker Legacy Center


Pattern, Inc.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Indy Convergence, Inc

Arts Education

Arts for Learning

Organizations led by and/or primarily serving people of color

Asante Children’s Theatre

Fonseca Theatre Company

Madam Walker Legacy Center

Freetown Village, Inc.

Iibada Dance Company

Indiana Performing Arts Centre Inc.

Local Emergency Relief Funds You Can Support 
Consider donating to these funds, which provide grants to help Central Indiana artists and arts and culture workers who have experienced sudden and severe income losses due to the pandemic.
What: The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, the Penrod Society, Owl Music Group, and The Jazz Kitchen have joined forces to create a musicians relief fund to assist local jazz and related genre musicians who have had a direct loss of income through canceled or rescheduled performances.
What: The Kheprw Institute fund helps local artists and entrepreneurs deal with a loss of income by providing $500 emergency grants through a lottery selection system. 
What: The fund provides $1,000 emergency relief grants to artists and arts/culture workers in Central Indiana to help cover basic living expenses through the winter. Individual donations of any amount will be doubled by the Efroymson Family Fund Match Challenge. 
Power Plant Emergency Grants, administered by Big Car Collective, supports visual artists who live, work, or run spaces in Indianapolis. To donate, please contact Big Car’s associate director, Elizabeth Nash.


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