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Carmel arts grants to benefit 29 arts organizations

The City of Carmel has awarded 29 local arts organizations with $990,450 in the initial round of grants from the City’s 2018 Arts Grant Program. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the City of Carmel’s financial support for local arts, which amounts to roughly one percent of the city budget each year. Since 2004, more than $10.2 million has been allocated to support local arts programs.

“It has long been part of our mission as a City to improve the quality of life, helping us to attract new economic development and private investments in our city. We have done this by building the framework for a community that values the arts,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “As part of that strategy, it is important to support our local arts groups, which are worthy of public support. Studies by the Americans for the Arts show typical visitors to an event spend close to $30 per person, per event, in addition to the cost of admission. That’s money spent at our local restaurants, art galleries and other businesses.”

Tourism supports more than 14,000 jobs in Hamilton County and accounts for $402.7 million in total wages and proprietor income for jobs in retail, arts and entertainment, as well as transportation, according to Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. Tourism spending contributes more than $661 million in local economic impact (GDP) with 90 cents of that staying in Hamilton County.

Following is the list of the 2018 recipients:

Actors Theatre of Indiana, $225,000

Bigger Picture Film Group, $5,000

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, $210,000

Carmel Arts Council, $9,000

Carmel Clay Historical Society, $700

Carmel Community Players, $15,000

Carmel Fountain Square Committee, $12,000

Carmel Klavier, $12,000

Carmel Symphony Orchestra, $260,000

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, $15,000

CYT (Christian Youth Theater of Indianapolis), $2,500

Fractured Atlas, $2,500

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, $50,000

Hoosier Salon Art & Patron Association, $31,000

Indiana Association of Chinese-Americans, $3,500

Indiana Ballet Conservatory, $20,000

Indiana Symphony Society, d/b/a Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

Indiana Wind Symphony, $39,000

Indianapolis Children’s Choir, $6,500

Indianapolis Opera, $8,000

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, $17,000

International Talent Academy, $12,000

Janus Developmental Services, $5,000

M3 Theatre Camp, $2,000

Museum of Miniature Houses, $7,000

National Association of Music Parents, $2,500

PrimeLife Enrichment, $5,000

Russian School of Indiana, $2,500

VOCE, $750

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