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Indiana Arts Commission

Indiana Bicentennial Medal Design Competition

Indiana will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2016. To honor this historic anniversary, the state will release a commemorative collector medal. The Indiana Bicentennial Commission, assisted by the staff of the Indiana Arts Commission, seeks an artist to create the obverse design (heads) for the Indiana Bicentennial commemorative medal. The work will be reflective of Indiana’s 200 years of history. The State Seal will be represented on the reverse of the medal.
The winning artist will receive a $5,000 cash award for their design!

Read the official contest rules here.

Capacity Building Partnership Program now accepting proposals

The Capacity Building Partnership Program will provide funding for selected programs that further develop the professional skills of the staff of cultural organizations, community leaders and / or individual artists.

Eligible nonprofit and public organizations wishing to partner with the IAC in order to produce programs such as a symposium, conference, lecture, or workshop must address one or more of four program goals: measuring and communicating community impact; artists as community leaders; strengthening community fabric; and best practices.

Proposed activities may range in scale and formality, but must be of local, regional or state appeal and address one or more of the program goals. Eligible applicants could receive up to $20,000 per project. The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015

For application instructions or more information, please visit the Capacity Building Partnership Program webpage.

NEA Awards $962,400 to Indiana Arts Orgs

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In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make 11 awards to nonprofit art and design organizations in Indiana totaling $962,400. This includes $757,400 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Indiana Arts Commission for programs that benefit state residents.

“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States including Indiana,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Indiana.”

Read the official press release here.

Poetry Out Loud: National Finals Results

Indiana Poetry Out Loud state champion Emma Libersky advanced to the final nine competitors vying for the National Poetry Out Loud title April 28-29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Libersky, a senior at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Indiana qualified for the national championships by winning an unprecedented third consecutive Indiana State Poetry Out Loud championship. It was her first appearance among the competition’s finalist round.

 Read the official press release here.

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