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Arts Place, Inc. Awarded Ball State University Community Engagement Arts Grant

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Arts Place Co., an arts and education-based organization programming in Jay, Blackford and Adams counties and was announced as the first recipient of the Ball State University Community Engagement for the Arts Grant.

The Community Engagement for the Arts Grant is an annual competitive grant program that provides 12 months of funding of up to $35,000 to arts-focused organizations or programs in external East Central Indiana communities. The funds will support projects in all creative fields that encourage public awareness and arts education, promote diversity within the local arts community, and make art accessible to all. is intended for

“We are proud to introduce the first community engagement for an Arts Grant to the Arts Place at Ball State University. Dr. Seth BeckmanDean of Ball State University art university Member of the University’s Community Engagement for the Arts Grants Selection Committee. “Ball State University aims to be recognized internationally for mobilizing and leading partnerships that revitalize and sustain our cities and regions in line with our strategic priorities. We look forward to seeing how Places will use this funding to deliver fresh, engaging and inclusive experiences for our community.”

The Arts Place proposal was consistent with Ball State University’s commitment to engaging with the greater arts community of East Central Indiana by promoting broad participation and equitable access to various community arts organizations in the region. rice field. With its funding, Arts Place plans to enhance access to arts education opportunities in the region, increase participation and reach new audiences through a series of artist residencies and other programs.

“Arts Place has been providing arts education programs through CreativeWorks for nearly half a century. However, over the past decade, the revenue streams for many of these activities, especially artist residencies, have declined. Most of our arts education efforts are naturally focused on teaching classes and lessons,” said Eric R. Rogers, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Arts Place. “Residency experiences that attract larger audiences have been very limited in recent years. This project aims to bring a wide range of community artist residencies that attract diverse audiences, including populations that are often out of reach in our classes and lessons. re-introduced to

“We believe it is important for rural communities to have access to all arts,” Arts Place continued. “Therefore, Arts Place has offered a wide range of arts education experiences, including a variety of art forms. This project should reflect that approach.”

Arts Place also provides unique resources to enhance project personnel and operations, supplies and materials, equipment, marketing and promotions, and other direct costs. Altogether, the project is expected to total over $100,000 and will increase by more than 50% the exceptional arts education experiences that Arts Place provides to the communities it serves.

“Arts are transformative,” says Rogers. “They help us gain new perspectives, make us think outside the box, and let us experience the power of creative expression. Overall, our goal is to impact the communities of East Central Indiana we serve by providing unique experiences that inspire such results, one person at a time. It provides a way to engage with our community in a positive and positive way.”