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Bloomington Art Commission Announces Revised Guidelines For Arts Project Grant Program

Last updated on Friday, August 16, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) has released revised guidelines and applications for the October cycle of its 2013 Arts Project Grant Program.

Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2013, and maximum grant amounts have been increased to $1,200.

Grants are available for arts activities that align with the current areas of focus of the Arts Commission: cultivating a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collective artistic activity; encouraging collaboration in and diversification of artistic activities that include participants from across the community; enhancing and supporting a high level of artistry; and supporting the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations.

As part of its ongoing capacity-building efforts, the Arts Commission will also hold a drop-in workshop for potential applicants on from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11. in the McCloskey Room in City Hall. Potential applicants are invited to bring applications in progress for review and feedback by Commission members. The drop-in workshop is first-come, first-served.

Submitted grant applications will be reviewed during the Arts Commission's October meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 9 in the McCloskey Room. The public is invited to attend and observe. Guidelines and application are available on the City of Bloomington website at www.bloomington.in.gov/bac.

This project is another effort under the City's strategy to leverage and expand the economic development potential of the arts in Bloomington. According to a 2012 Americans for the Arts study, Bloomington's nonprofit arts sector contributes $72.3 million to the local economy annually through direct spending by arts organizations and their audiences. For more information on the study visit www.bloomington.in.gov/arts.

For more information on the grant program, contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at michaelm@bloomington.in.gov or (812) 349 - 3534.

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