Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

2019-2020 Timeline:
     Application released: June 2019 
     Application Workshops: June - September 2019
     Application deadline: September 2019
     Award notification: November 2019
     Support begins: December 1, 2019 - November 30, 2020

General Grant Information

In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment Inc., established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. Every odd-year, the Arts Council awards fellowship grants to be used for research, instruction, travel, conference attendance, apprenticeships or other skill-building opportunities, or other experiences that will help the recipients explore their artistry, refresh their creativity, and recharge their spirit. 

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards thirty $10,000 fellowships every odd-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation, the results of their fellowship with the community.

The 2017-2018 Creative Renewal Arts Fellows:

Judy Byron, Partnerships for Lawrence
Chad Franer, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Liza Hyatt, Art Therapist
Jennifer Complo McNutt, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art
Don Steffy, Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Karen Thickstun, Butler Community Arts School
Lisa Whitaker, Butler Arts Center

Michael Johnson
Heidi Phillips

Maurice Broaddus
Kevin McKelvey
Wendy Vergoz

Leela Breithaupt
Dianna Davis
Victoria Griswold
Gregory Martin
Jordan Munson
Jayna Park
Tad Robinson
Miho Sasaki

James Solomon Benn

D. Del Reverda-Jennings
James Wille Faust
Reagan Furqueron
Wendell Lowe
Phil O’Malley
Orlando Pelaez
Meredith Setser
Barbara Stahl
Samuel Vázquez

Previous Creative Renewal Arts Fellows

For more information, please contact Rishard Allen at (317) 631-3301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Arts Council of Indianapolis is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We believe in a full creative life for all.

Thank you to our funders

Indiana Arts Commission
Clowes Charitable Foundation