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Evansville teachers and nonprofits can apply now for these ARTSWIN grants

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana has two great grants opportunities for to help create and continue arts programs and projects for Evansville students.

These grants are limited to programs and activities that benefit K-12 students in Vanderburgh County. And only schools and 501(c)3 nonprofits are eligible. Private organizations can partner with a school or nonprofit for their project.

Sponsorship of the Arts grant 2022-2023

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s 2022-2023 Sponsorship of the Arts grant application is live now. The grants are for the development or advancement of arts opportunities and experiences for K-12 students in Vanderburgh County. The Arts Council dispersed $44,000 in Sponsorship grants in 2021.

  • Funds are for projects and programs between Aug. 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023.
  • Only schools and 501(c)3 nonprofits are eligible. Private organizations can partner with a school or nonprofit for their project.
  • Funds are intended to benefit K-12 students in Vanderburgh County.
  • Grants available up to $5,000.
  • Available for development or advancement of arts opportunities and experiences for students.
  • Applications are due by June 17, 2022.

A committee of Arts Council board members and arts education community advocates review all grant applications. The full Arts Council board of directors approves all funding recommendations.

Apply for a Sponsorship of the Arts grant now

Community Arts Fund Opportunity grants

Opportunity grants have similar guidelines as the Sponsorship of the Arts grants, but on a smaller scale. The grants are limited to $500 and under, and are available for arts opportunities and experiences that arise outside of normal budget and curriculum for pre-K-12 students in Vanderburgh County.

Some examples of eligible projects or programs include participation in arts contests, engagement of visiting artists, exposure to traveling exhibits or performances, etc.

A committee of Arts Council board members and arts education community advocates review Opportunity grant applications monthly. The current grant window is for projects now through July 2022, but the 2022-2023 grant cycle will open during the fall semester.

Apply for a Community Arts Fund Opportunity grant

Questions, clarifications, help

Arts Council staff are here to help you if you have any questions about the granting process. Contact us at 812-303-3178 or by email at [email protected] You can also visit the gallery during regular business hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

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Explore the 2022 Young at Art exhibit in person and online now

Young at Art is one of the favorite exhibits of ARTSWIN staff, and for good reason. The exhibit features more than 200 entries from area K-8 students. These young artists create without inhibitions, embracing a bright color palette and no self-imposed restrictions on their creativity.

You can see Young at Art in person now until April 1 at Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery located at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. ARTSWIN invites the community to attend a reception for the exhibit 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12 — weather permitting.

If you have any questions about any of the pieces, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams by email here, or by calling the gallery at 812-303-3178.

The fountain at Haynie's Corner during a 2021 First Friday event. Photo by Zach Evans
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Here’s how to be a vendor at First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner

(Here’s the link for those who want to skip ahead to the First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner application)

It’s still winter, and despite the flashes of false spring the Ohio Valley experiences, thinking about summer arts and music events seems far in the future.

But those days are sooner than you may realize. ARTSWIN staff are looking ahead to First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner, and if you’re an artist, you may ask yourself, “How can I be part of First Fridays?”

What is First Fridays?

First Fridays is a seasonal arts and community fair in the center of the Haynie’s Corner Arts District neighborhood near Downtown Evansville from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The monthly event draws thousands of people to experience the art vendors, live music, adult beverages and good community vibes.

There are more than 50 art vendors that setup for First Fridays through the season. ARTSWIN staff help curate the art vendors that setup at First Fridays. If you have some items you want to sell or want to setup a booth to market your art, the first thing you need to do is apply.

First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner Application

Click here to view the online application form. This is a Google form. If you need other accommodations to apply, please contact us at the Arts Council at 812-303-3178 or by email at [email protected].

Apply before the deadline

The first deadline to apply is April 1. Applying by April 1 ensures if you’re still, your fee to setup for the season is only $35. If you apply after the deadline, placement isn’t guaranteed and the fee goes up to $50 — which is still a bargain, but why not apply on time.

After you apply, ARTSWIN staff will vet your application and let you know within a week whether your application was approved. And by April 15, ARTSWIN will assign you an area to setup for the first event on Friday, May 6.

ARTSWIN and Haynie’s Corner Arts District Association staff and volunteers are always available to help or answer any questions you may have about First Fridays.

First Friday Schedule

May 6
June 3
July 1
Aug. 5
Sept. 2
Oct. 7

First Friday Map

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Help the Arts Council by filling out this short survey

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is always looking for ways to improve events and how the organization operates.

This short survey — less than five minutes — will help the Arts Council plot out its 2022 and beyond.

This survey is totally anonymous, so we can’t trace anything back to who said what. Constructive feedback is appreciated.

The Arts Council is looking for a new Development Director

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is now hiring for a Development Director to help oversee fundraising and donor management.

This is a newly created position for the Arts Council. The new Development Director will join the small Arts Council staff at its Downtown Evansville location in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery.

Please view our job listing here.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to [email protected], with the subject line “Director of Development.”

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is an equal opportunity employer.

Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Don’t miss out on these upcoming Indiana Arts Commission webinars

The Indiana Arts Commission is hosting some upcoming webinars you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re interested in grants and diversity. As the state’s Regional Arts Partner for the area, the Arts Council is happy to help you through the granting process.

Arts Project Support grants (FY23)

You’ll want to attend this webinar if you have any questions about the Indiana Arts Commissions Arts Project Support grants, which go towards project-focused applications. This grant provides funding to nonprofits to support a specific project, such as a one-time event, a single production, an exhibition, a workshop, or a series of related arts activities. Learn the basics of applying for the grant programs, get a tour of the IAC’s online grant system, and take an inside look at the criteria that will be used to score your application. The deadline to apply for Arts Project Support programs is 3:30 p.m. (CST) March 9.

The webinar for Arts Project Support grants is 1 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Feb. 8. Here’s the link to register.

Arts Organization Support grants (FY23)

Organization support grants are for groups looking for institutional funding. This grant provides annual operating support to arts nonprofits for ongoing artistic and administrative functions. Learn the basics of applying for the grant programs, get a tour of the IAC’s online grant system, and take an inside look at the criteria that will be used to score your application. The deadline to apply for the Arts Organization Support is 3:30 p.m. (CST) March 9. 

The webinar for Arts Organization Support grants is 1 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, Feb. 9. Here’s the link to register.

Arts for All: What does IDEA look like in practice?

Arts for All is a three-part inclusion, diversity, equity, and access training series led by Dr. Pascal Losambe, an educator and consultant in the areas of education, organizational culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and presented by the Regional Arts Partners of the Indiana Arts Commission. 

This virtual training is free for arts providers in Indiana and is designed to provide organizations with workable strategies to build relationships with their community and engage underserved audiences. 

The last part of the series looks at how using inclusion, diversity, equity, and access works in practice. Losambe will lead a panel discussion that illustrates best practices for using IDEA strategies and community engagement.

Arts for All is 10:30 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, Feb. 16. Click here to learn more and register.

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