INDIANAPOLIS - On Thursday, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced it has awarded $2,904,102 to 413 nonprofits to fund arts projects and organizations around the state through the Arts Organization Support and Arts Project Support grant programs.   

During its June 10 quarterly business meeting, the Commission approved the funding recommendations for the two grant programs. Applications were reviewed by 85 Hoosiers from around the state with expertise in arts, community development and finance.  

“The projects and organizations that are receiving funding are improving the economic and educational climates of the state of Indiana,” said Alberta Barker, chair of the Indiana Arts Commission. “The Commission is delighted to support this investment in Hoosier communities. It is a privilege to uplift the impressive creative work being done around the state.”

Following are local arts organizations receiving Arts Organization Support awards:

* Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, Warsaw, Kosciusko County, $16,744.

* Lakeland Art Association Inc., Warsaw, Kosciusko County, $1,984.

* The Honeywell Foundation Inc., Wabash, Wabash County, $32,678.

The Commission also voted to distribute funds from the Arts Trust, which is supported by the sale of the Celebrate the Arts license plates. One Arts Project Support grant recipient from every county with a funded application has been designated as an Arts Trust Project. Their funding will be supported through the Arts Trust Plate funding. These beneficiaries were selected based on exemplary commitment to community, education, economy and health.

Following are local Arts Project Support recipients selected as Arts Trust License Plate beneficiaries.

* City of Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department, Summer Concert Series, concert/performance/reading, Kosciusko County.

* North Manchester Civic Symphony Society Inc., Beethoven Mass in C, concert/performance/reading, Wabash County.

“Arts and creativity strengthen the fabric of Indiana’s communities. They promote connection and cohesion, foster the entrepreneurial spirit communities need to thrive, and create the kinds of communities where people want to live,” said Miah Michaelsen, executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission. “In each of Indiana’s 92 counties, public funding for arts and creativity continually proves to be a high-return investment that improves the quality of life of every Hoosier and drives economic development within our state.”