Groups earn arts grants

By Herald Staff

Three arts organizations will receive part of the $3 million the Indiana Arts Commission is dispensing as grants.

City of Jasper Arts Department was awarded $12,388, Actors Community Theatre Inc. $5,000 and Strings Inc. $3,585. The state arts commission made the announcement Monday.

"The projects and organizations that are receiving funding have major positive impacts on the cultural, economic, and educational climate of Indiana," said Alberta Barker, Indiana Arts Commission chairperson. "The Commission is impressed at the work being done around the state and is excited to support investment in Hoosier communities."

The commission approved $3,038,223 in funding to 390 nonprofit groups at its June 25 meeting. Applications for the funding were reviewed by 167 people from around the state with expertise in arts, community development, and finance, a commission spokeswoman said.

Actors Community Theatre was also selected as the Arts Project Support recipient for Dubois County. That means the community theater company will also receive funding from commission’s Arts Trust, which is supported by donations from the sale of Celebrate the Arts license plates.

A recipient was selected from each county in which there was a funded application, the spokeswoman said. The selection is based on exemplary commitment to community, education, economy, and health, she said.

"From the smallest rural communities to the largest cities, we see arts and creativity improving quality of life and driving economic development, and this funding will support the projects and organizations around the state at the heart of this progress," said Lewis Ricci, executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission. "It is an honor to support work that is strengthening the fabric of Indiana communities."

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