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Arts Grants to Support Local Arts

Post Date:01/28/2021 8:00 AM

Carmel, Indiana: A Partnership for Tomorrow
City of Carmel

One Civic Square
Carmel, IN 46032


Date:  January 28, 2021
Contact:  Nancy Heck,
Release:  Immediate

Carmel arts grants to benefit 27 organizations

$1.26 million will support local arts in 2021

Carmel, IN – The City of Carmel has awarded 27 local organizations with $1,266,016 in grants from the City’s 2021 Arts Grant Program. This is the 18th year the City of Carmel has provided financial support for local arts, which amounts to roughly one percent of the city budget each year. Since 2004, more than $14.9 million has been allocated to support local arts programs.

“It is our mission as a City to invest our money wisely in order to improve the quality of life in Carmel, a vital part of our overall economic development strategy to attract private investments in our city, which includes new corporate employers and a talented workforce to fill local jobs. 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.”

According to the most recent statistics from Visit Hamilton County, it is estimated that visitors staying in Carmel spend about $353 million annually in lodging, food and beverage, transportation and attractions purchases and contribute significantly to the overall county tourism impact. This economy also supports 5,000 jobs in Carmel and helps local taxpayers reap the support of $42 million in additional state and local tax revenues, which help us keep our local city property tax rate the 12th lowest in the State of Indiana among 126 cities.

Carmel’s support for the arts also helps the overall impact in Hamilton County. For every dollar spent in Hamilton County, 90 cents stayed local, contributing to the gross domestic product here. Visitor spending supports 11,554 jobs in Hamilton County and helps generate nearly $98.6 million in state and local taxes. About $820 million is spent by tourists in Hamilton County, which is ranked No. 3 in the state for total visitor spending.

Following is the list of the 2021 recipients to date:

Actors Theatre of Indiana, $240,000
Bigger Picture Film Group, $5,000
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, $210,000
Carmel Apprentice Theater, LLC (The CAT), $84,000
Carmel Arts Council, $3,000
Carmel Clay Historical Society, $3,000
Carmel Community Players, $6,000
Carmel Education Foundation, $4,916
Carmel Klavier, $8,500
Carmel Repertory Theatre, $5,000
Carmel Symphony Orchestra, $275,000
Christian Youth Theater of Indianapolis (CYT), $2,500
Great American Songbook Foundation, $160,000
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, $80,000
Indiana Artisan, $40,000
Indiana Association of Chinese Americans, $3,500
Indiana Ballet Conservatory, $25,000
Indiana Music Education Association Foundation, $7,000
Indiana Wind Symphony, $40,000
Indianapolis Children’s Choir, $6,500
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, $17,000
International Talent Academy, $10,000
Janus Developmental Services, $10,000
M3 Theatre Camp, $2,000
Museum of Miniature Houses, $5,000
Queen Spirit (mural), $5,000
Youth Inspirations Theatre, $8,100


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