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With a brutal winter well behind us and spring about to lead us into summer, it might seem odd to consider that the Indiana Arts Commission is preparing to usher in a New Year. The end of June marks the end of the current fiscal year for agencies of Indiana government, and July 1 is something of a New Year's Day. Don't expect any parades or bowl games, but one reason to "celebrate" is the annual grant awards to individual artists and arts organizations in our state.
Nearly 400 grants will be awarded either directly from the IAC or through our network of Regional Arts Partners. The grant process is not possible though without the hard work and dedication of our citizen grant review panels. Whether coordinated by the Arts Commission or our Partners, volunteers with experience in artistic disciplines and arts organization administration carefully review each and every grant application submitted to the IAC. Simply saying "thank you" doesn't seem like enough, but without their service this process would not be possible so we extend a very sincere thanks.
We recently completed a very successful two-day capacity building conference, Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law. Over 150 participants, includings artists, arts administrators, agents and lawyers attended the conference. Based on participant responses, we will strongly consider repeating this event in the future. If you were unable to attend, visit the "past workshop" page of our website where we have archived presentation materials from many of the sessions. I would like to thank all our presenters, participants, sponsors, and especially our partner, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, for making this conference such a success.
Finally, we are beginning to finalize plans for our next capacity building workshop coming August 8. Working in partnership with the Indiana UniversitySchool of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), we will be hosting Come Together: Arts Boards, Staff, & Community Engagement. This one-day conference will explore topics important to building stronger and more effective organizations, community partnership and engagement opportunities, board leadership, fundraising efforts, and measuring impact. Please watch our website for more details as they become available.
All the best,