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Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund: News and Updates

In June 2020, the Arts Council announced the Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund. The $10 million Fund, made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., will provide one-time grants to offset the extraordinary and unexpected expenses and operating costs for Marion County arts and cultural organizations as they reopen and prepare to safely welcome back employees, audiences, and attendees as the COVID-19 crisis continues. 

“Arts and cultural organizations play a vital role in our community, and we know they are under tremendous strain as they navigate challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the Arts Council’s tireless efforts to support the sector during this difficult time, and we hope the Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund will provide resources for many arts and cultural organizations to safely reopen and adapt to our new environment,” said Ronni Kloth, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for community development.

Access the full press release here.


Congratulations to the following organizations who have received funding. This list will be updated through early 2022.

Arts for Learning Indiana
Big Car Collaborative
Cat Head Press
Classical Music Indy
Claude McNeal's Musical Theatre Training Program Inc.
Conner Prairie
Dance Kaleidoscope
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis
Fonseca Theatre Company
Footlite Musicals
Harrison Center for the Arts
Heartland Film, Inc.
Indiana Black Expo
Indiana Historical Society
Indiana Music Education Association
Indiana Performing Arts Centre Inc.
Indiana State Museum Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis Children's Choir
Indianapolis Jazz Foundation
Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective
Indianapolis Opera
Indy Shakes
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
IndyBaroque Music Inc.
Kids Dance Outreach, Inc.
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
MAdame Walker Legacy Center
Arts for Lawrence
Percussive Arts Society
Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre
Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis
Storytelling Arts of Indiana
Summer Stock Stage
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
The District Theatre
Young Actors Theatre

Please check back regularly for announcements of new grantees along with updates about the Fund. 





Philanthropy News Digest: Lilly Endowment awards $10.2 million to Arts Council of Indianapolis 

NUVO: A sobering portrait: The 2020 Virtual State of Indy Arts & Culture 

IndyStar: $10.2 million grant program will help Indianapolis arts and cultural organizations reopen

The Indy Channel: $10.2 million fund to help Marion County arts and cultural organizations 

Nonprofit Quarterly: Cultural Organizations Hit Hard by COVID-19--And Then Comes the Recession

Indianapolis Business Journal: Arts Council launches $10M restart fund for local arts not-for-profits 

IndyStar: Arts venues will be among the last to reopen and must overcome some of the toughest hurdles

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