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Arts organizations and cultural program providers from the Indiana Arts Commission's Region 7, have until March 4, 2015 to apply for Regional Initiative Grants from the IAC.
Region 7 includes: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Shelby counties.
Organizations interested in applying for Arts Operating Support I (AOS I), Arts Operating Support II (AOS II), or Arts Program Support (APS) were required to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply prior to making formal application for a grant.
Organizations outside of Region 7 interested in applying for AOS I, AOS II, or APS grants should contact their Regional Arts Partner for application deadline information. A list of IAC Regional Arts Partners may be found at www.in.gov/arts/2482.htm.
For more information about the RIG grant program, please visit www.in.gov/arts/regionalinitiativegrant.htm.
|Poetry Out Loud State Champion Emma Libersky|
A blanket of snow couldn’t stifle the spirit and enthusiasm of the Poetry Out Loud state finals Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Central Branch. Contestants from around the state braved the snow and cold to compete in this, the 10th anniversary of the poetry recitation event.
Plymouth High School student Emma Libersky claimed her third consecutive title as Poetry Out Loud state champion. First runner-up was Kelsey Anderson, Eastern Greene High School, Bloomfield, and Chinyelu Mwaafrika, Todd Academy, Indianapolis was second runner-up.
“It was a memorable and most enjoyable day for all involved,” Fronczek said. “We heard many carefully prepared and intuitive interpretations of both famous and more obscure selections from 16th century to contemporary poets. The depth of thinking and feeling evident in these students through their recitations and zeal for this art form affirms that these young people are growing up with much to contribute to our society today.”
Launched in 2006, the annual poetry recitation contest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program is designed to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, and help students master public speaking, build self-esteem, and internalize an appreciation for American literary heritage. Each state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in early May. Each state champion’s school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.
(Photo: Laura Harris)
At the June 20 Quarterly Business Meeting, the Indiana Arts Commission approved over $2.6 million in FY2015 grants to arts organizations and individual artists across the state. Read more.
Due to projected tax revenue shortages and a request from Governor Pence at the start of the fiscal year, the IAC is facing a 4.5 percent reduction of appropriations. Despite working diligently to absorb most of this reduction, a small portion must also be absorbed by grant allocations. Read more.