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July 28, 2023

Indiana Arts Commission invests in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to strengthen Indianapolis through arts and creativity  

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced it has awarded $17,638 to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Organization Support grant program.  

During its Quarterly Business Meeting in June, the Commission approved funding recommendations for the Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support grant programs. Over 480 applications were reviewed by 146 panelists from around the state and country with expertise in the arts, community development, and nonprofit management.  

“The projects and organizations selected to receive funding are strengthening our state,” said Anne Penny Valentine, Chair of the Indiana Arts Commission. “The Commission is excited and honored to invest in Hoosier communities, supporting organizations that are doing exceptional creative work to make Indiana a great place to live, work, play, study, and stay.”  

“The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is grateful for the Indiana Arts Commission’s support of ISO programs that enrich our community through the shared experience of music,” said James M. Johnson, CEO, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “This support allows the ISO to fulfill our mission to inspire, entertain, educate, and challenge through innovative programs and symphonic music performed at the highest artistic level.”

“Art and creativity strengthen the fabric of Indiana’s communities.  They promote connection and cohesion, foster the entrepreneurial spirit communities need to thrive, and create the kinds of communities where people want to live,” said Miah Michaelsen, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission. “In every corner of our state, public funding for arts and creativity continually proves to be a high-return investment that improves the quality of life of Hoosiers and drives economic development within our state.”  

Funding for the Indiana Arts Commission and its programs is provided by the Indiana General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

View the full list of grants awarded.  

About the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, at home and thriving in the heart of Indianapolis, offers an exceptional artistic and musical experience. The orchestra is open to all and dedicated to creating an inclusive and innovative experiential environment that is inspiring, educational, and welcoming. The ISO celebrates historically beloved performances while engaging audiences by introducing new voices through programming, including the IU Health Plans Classical Series, the Printing Partners Pops Series, Kroger Symphony on the Prairie, the holiday traditions of AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration, and the popular Film Series presented by Bank of America. For more information, visit the ISO website. 

Activities are made possible in part by Nickel Plate Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.