Released July 25, 2016

Arts Commission accepting applications for Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grants


Contact: Rex A. Van Zant
317-232-1273 (voice)
317-232-5595 (fax)
[email protected]

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that it is now accepting applications for the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant program.

“This program provides funding for Indiana arts organizations, non-arts organizations, and Hoosier individual artists to bring arts programs, services and artist-in-residence experiences to participating state parks, forests, and historic sites promoting public engagement in the arts while experiencing the natural beauty and history of Indiana,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci.

Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites draws upon traditional and non-traditional arts and artists in Indiana, weaving arts into our state’s natural beauty, rural settings, and history. The program provides funding for arts program-related projects that encourage the creation of and public engagement with art through the Indiana state park / forest system and state historic sites.

“Expanding the Arts in the Parks program to include Indiana’s State Historic Site properties is truly exciting,” said Bruce Beesley, Vice-President for State Historic Sites at the Indiana State Museum. “From Historic New Harmony to T. C. Steele in Brown County to the Limberlost and Gene Stratton Porter sites, art is an important theme at the historic sites. We look forward to partnering with the Indiana Arts Commission, and with artists and communities throughout the state, in providing quality art experiences to Hoosiers.”

The Arts Commission will conduct two informational webinars to assist artists and organizations interested in applying for this program. The webinar for artists will be July 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. (EDT), and the webinar for organizations will be July 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The webinars are free, but registration is required.

Interested organizations and individual artists are encouraged to carefully review the program guidelines before completing the online application. The program description, links to the guidelines, and registration for program webinars can be found at Applications for the program will only be accepted through the Arts Commission’s online grant application system

Deadline for application is September 6, 2016 for organizations and September 13, 2016 for artists.

Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites program was launched under the name “Arts in the Parks” during Indiana’s bicentennial year, in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks, as an on-going legacy gift to the citizens of Indiana.

For calendar year 2016, the program is funding over 100 services in 26 state parks. For general information about the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites program, including a listing of dates and locations for upcoming programs, visit

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.