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These grants honor the legacy of Wug Laku, a beloved Indianapolis visual artist and grassroots advocate for the arts. His untreated mental illness led to his death in 2017 at age 63.
Grants, supported by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, are open to eligible central Indiana-based artists and arts administrators. They range from $250 to $750 and can be used for one-on-one therapy, support groups, art therapy, and wellness and mindfulness practices.
Artists talk about the creative ways they take care of their mental health, and encourage others who are struggling to ask for help.
Nancy Lee, Metalsmith & jeweler
Devon Ginn, Teaching artist & poet
Mariah Ivey, Teaching artist & poet
Carol Nunez Verdin, Dancer
Ben Asaykwee, Actor/playwright