Last week the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced it has awarded $3,431,351 to 414 nonprofits to fund arts projects and organizations around the state through the Arts Organization Support and Arts Project Support grant programs.     

During its June Quarterly Business Meeting, the Commission approved the funding recommendations. Applications were reviewed by 146 panelists from around the state and country with expertise in the arts, community development, and nonprofit management. 

Arts Organization Support grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations.

This year, changes to the AOS program were made to decrease barriers in the application process, increase support to smaller, emerging, and first-time applicants, and provide more meaningful award sizes to grant recipients through a field-driven input process.

In Marshall County, Heartland Art Gallery is committed to furthering the arts in Plymouth and its surrounding areas. They provide a wide array of engaging programs and events for the community including two annual art exhibits, an art award for a deserving Marshall County high school senior, art classes for people of all ages, and a gallery that supports local artists.  Heartland Artists was awarded a grant of $12,276.

Wild Rose Moon was the second recipient in the county.  They received $11,286. Wild Rose Moon started in 2015 as a place where singers could sing, dancers dance, poets recite, actors act and musicians mingle and weave these magical threads together.  The member-run, not-for-profit promotes performing arts and brings them to Historic Downtown Plymouth.  Their featured performance series has hosted artists from all over the world.  Wild Rose Moon thrives on a generous network of members, helping to sustain them financially.