Our local Athens Arts has art in their hearts and funds in their hands to help Montgomery County pop with color through to next year!
The Indiana Arts Commission announced it has distributed American Rescue Plan Act funds to 278 nonprofit organizations totaling $834,000. Athens of Indiana Arts Studios and Gallery in Montgomery County was granted $3,000.00 in funds.
Last month panelists met virtually and assessed each applicant’s ability to advance the arts, provide relevant activities and access to the arts, and operate through June 2022.
“This funding will enable us to continue our mission to bring opportunities to engage the community in art” states Diana McCormick, Athens Arts Gallery Executive Director. “We understand the importance of the arts for a community to thrive. We are grateful and honored that the IAC panelist chose us to receive funds through the American Rescue Plan Act. Our funds will be used to support stipends for contractual artists to be used for our outreach programs, marketing, and associated facility costs”.
Grants were distributed through the agency’s Arts Recovery Program with American Rescue Plan Act funds directly from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) with additional NEA funds through Arts Midwest, Indiana’s regional partner.
“We are proud to partner with the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest to support the arts organizations across Indiana that are playing a key role in the recovery from the pandemic,” said Lewis Ricci, Indiana Arts Commission Executive Director. “This funding is a recognition of the value that the creative sector provides to the economic and social health of our state and nation.”
The Arts Recovery Program supports:
• Salary support, full or partial, for one or more staff positions
• Fees/stipends for artists and/or contractual personnel
• Facilities costs such as rent and utilities, e.g., electric, phone, gas bills.
• Costs associated with health and safety supplies for staff and/or visitors/audiences
• Marketing and promotion costs
Go to https://www.in.gov/arts/programs-and-services/funding/arts-recovery-program/ to view a complete list of award recipients.