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Posted on: July 22, 2021

Fishers Arts & Culture Commission awards $43K in grants

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The Fishers Arts & Culture Commission (FACC) announced today grants totaling $43,000 to artists, creative companies, nonprofits and for-profit businesses for events, programs, displays and other artistic and cultural expressions in Fishers.

In June, the FACC launched its first grant program aimed at nurturing creative partnerships within the Fishers arts community. The Commission sought a diverse group of applications that highlight the contributions to our innovative and vibrant community. Funded projects take place within the city boundaries of Fishers and relate to two or more of the Commission’s core values: inclusive, authentic, engaging, collaborative, innovative, and educational. Funding for the grant program is allocated from the City of Fishers’ annual budget.

The organizations and projects receiving Fishers Art & Culture Commission funding are:

  • Fishers Arts Council ($2,500) to support live musicians at public receptions and events hosted by Fishers Arts Council.
  • Safina Family Services ($2,400) to support an educational cross-cultural event curated by connecting the Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu communities.
  • 31Svn Street Dance Academy ($2,500) to support a Breakdance and Breaking event with the intent to bridge the gap between different cultures.
  • Prism Project of Fishers ($2,500) to support a public artistic performance created and performed by children with disabilities.
  • St George Orthodox Church ($2,500) to support an authentic Middle Eastern singer and band to perform at the St. George Festival.
  • Mixed Rep Showcase ($2,500) to support the opportunity for students to rehearse and learn from professional dance companies that will culminate in a showcase.  
  • Clockwork Music ($2,500) to provide support for “pop-up” music and culinary experiences in the fall at the Nickel Plate District.
  • Winter Club ($2,500) to support the programming of a Winter Wonderland holiday skating recital and open skate day at the Fuel Tank.
  • JPPARSSI, Inc. ($2,500) to support an interactive piece inspired by the Japanese tradition “Ema” at Ignite Studio at Hamilton East Public Library that expresses gratitude.
  • Sewful Cheryl ($2,500) to support six kid and teen fashion design classes. 
  • PFLAG Fishers ($2,500) to support a mobile mural created by local LGBTQIA+ youth and allies to generate awareness.
  • Page & Stage Theatre-for-Literacy ($2,500) to support up to four performances of Charlotte’s Web that teaches acceptance and kindness to children.
  • Brosmer PhotoGraphic ($2,250) to support a video production of more than 30 public art pieces in Fishers and highlights the educational benefits of public art.
  • High Frequency Arts ($2,025) to support open house events at Hub & Spoke to showcase over 60 local artists.
  • Bruce Loewenthal ($2,250) to support a public artwork using street signs intended to awaken, enlighten, and provoke pedestrians in the Nickel Plate District.
  • Ji-Enu Lee Music Academy ($2,250) to support the startup costs to establish a Fishers children’s choir including a winter performance.
  • Sunday Crafternoon with Gwen ($2,250) to support the cost of supplies for the monthly craft events that raise awareness of local nonprofits.
  • Famous Hoosiers ($2,000) to support two live Abraham Lincoln reenactments at the Nickel Plate District.

As an extension of their commitment to foster arts and culture in the Fishers community, the FACC has also launched a new Arts and Culture Hub on the City of Fishers’ lifestyle website, ThisIsFishers.com. One of the major goals outlined in the Arts & Culture Master Plan, the hub serves as a digital community gathering space for arts and culture, with resources including a community events calendar, public art map, local arts and culture stories, artist profiles, and more information for residents to further engage with arts and culture in their community. The hub also features an artist portal where local artists find RFQ and grant opportunities, a list of local art and performance venues, and more.

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