INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2021) – Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) is now accepting applications for funding of public art projects across Indiana.
"Public art is not only aesthetically beautiful, but it can also add to the cultural identity of an area," Lt. Gov. Suzanne Couch said. "These projects can tell a community’s story that engages with first-time visitors and builds a sense of pride and belonging for long-time residents."
Cities, towns, destination marketing organizations, chambers of commerce, private businesses and others are encouraged to apply for a non-matching grant of up to $5,000 to fund a public art project in their community. IDDC will provide at least $150,000 in grants through this initiative.
"We have many talented artists in every corner of our state. This grant is a great opportunity for communities large and small to collaborate with local artists to showcase what they love about Indiana," Elaine Bedel, IDDC's Secretary and CEO said. "There is so much about Indiana to take inspiration from, and we're excited to see that diversity reflected in these projects."
Applicants must provide a location, local or regional artist and estimated costs including supplies and artist fees. Potential public art locations include but are not limited to exterior walls, water towers, alleyways, bridges, barns and more.
Projects will be selected based on location and visibility to Indiana residents and visitors, with preference given to locations in high view areas and locations that create potential photo opportunities.
Once sites are determined, artists will submit their own original work within specific guidelines set by IDDC. All designs must receive final approval by IDDC.
Applications for the IDDC Public Art Activation Grant must be submitted by April 21, 2022. Award recipients will be announced May 9, 2022. To learn more about the grant or apply, click here.