May we take a moment to remember where we came from, who we are, and dream of where we want to be...
Watch the video of the special spoken-word toast created and performed by Tatjana Rebelle.
Invest $13.2 million to help artists and organizations financially recover and continue serving in ways that advance equity, inclusivity, safety, and innovation.
Support 71 nonprofit arts & culture organizations through grant programs.
Serve 2,500+ artists/culture workers and provide 1,200 individual relief grants.
Increase funding by 175% to organizations led by, or serving, people of color.
JILL HAUSER ROBISCH, VP & Senior Business Development Officer, Nonprofit Services, The National Bank of Indianapolis, Start with Art Committee Co-Chair KAREN ALTER, CEO/Owner, Borshoff, Start with Art Committee Co-Chair
INEZ EVANS, President and CEO, IndyGo
DESERI GARCIA, President, Vida Aventura
TANYA STUART OVERDORF, President, Tanya S. Overdorf, P.C.
MARK VARNAU, Community Volunteer
GREG WALLIS, Virtual CFO, Summit CPA Group
The Christopher Pitts Trio
Harrison Center’s Socially Distanced Hoop Sculpture Group
Visual Installation/Photo Backdrop by PATTERN
Opening performance: Premium Blend, “The Village”
Video: Artist stories
Remarks: Mayor Joe Hogsett
Performance: Dance Kaleidoscope, “Reflections of the Wounded”
Remarks: Julie Goodman, Arts Council President & CEO
Video: Arts & culture organization stories
Performance: Okara Imani, “Audacity/Just Happy to be Here”
Keesha Dixon, Executive Director, Asante Children’s Theatre, John Vanausdall, President & CEO, Eiteljorg Museum
Cheers! A spoken-word toast by Tatjana Rebelle, 2020-2021 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, with champagne service
Thank You & Farewell
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Your contributions benefit the Arts Council’s mission to achieve a “Full Creative Life for All.”
(Re)Start With Art 2020: The replay!
Thank you to those who joined us last year at (Re)Start With Art, presented by Schahet Hotels and produced in partnership with WFYI. The virtual benefit, emceed by actor Emmanuel Carter, offered an inspiring evening of stories, performances, and special guest appearances to recognize the power and resiliency of the arts. We also exceeded our goal of raising $1 million for the Keep Indy Creating Fund!
Keeping our community healthy, safe, and creating is our highest priority. Please read the following safety requirements and guidelines as you prepare to attend Start with Art. The Arts Council believes three factors are making our Fall arts season, and future seasons, possible:
Thank you for your cooperation as we all do our part to support Indy’s Creative Comeback by following these precautionary measures at Start with Art:
Guidelines for Start with Art attendees:
Here’s what you can count on at Start with Art:
While the Arts Council of Indianapolis (the “Arts Council”) is working closely with medical and public health experts and taking measures to enhance the safety of its visitors, artists, and staff, an inherent risk of contracting Covid-19 and other contagious diseases exists in any public space. In order to attend Start with Art on Aug. 26, 2021, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, all visitors are required to read and accept the following waiver.
By attending Start with Art, I agree, on behalf of myself and everyone for whom I am buying tickets (including, without limitations, my children, if applicable), to comply with all health and safety protocols implemented by the Arts Council, as well as all applicable federal, state, and local rules and guidelines, and I agree, on behalf of myself and everyone for whom I am buying tickets (including, without limitations, my children, if applicable), that:
Please note: We may share your name and email address with a governmental health authority should that information be requested for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.