Inspired by the community’s tremendous creativity and its collaborative spirit, Lilly Endowment has approved nearly $49 million in grants to fund 17 projects through its Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative.

The grants – ranging from $49,000 to $9.2 million – will support efforts to beautify public places, revitalize historic landmarks, increase access to the arts – including for people with disabilities – and infuse new arts experiences in neighborhoods throughout the city.

There are 18 organizations receiving grants for 17 projects that will be implemented in collaboration with more than three dozen other organizations. Grant recipients include a museum, schools, parks and cultural institutions, neighborhood community centers, social service organizations and government agencies.

The Endowment launched this competitive arts initiative in January, inviting Indiana-based charitable organizations to propose ideas that would use the arts to foster community building in Indianapolis. The initiative encouraged organizations to collaborate across sectors, but at least one partnering organization needed to have the promotion of arts and culture as its primary mission. 

Downtown Indy, Inc. and the Indiana War Memorials Foundation are honored to be among the 17 Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation grants awarded to make arts and culture a larger part of the lives of individuals and families; increase access to arts and cultural offerings among diverse audiences; enhance Indianapolis’ national and international reputation; and foster dialogue, community spirit and tourism.

The Shining a Light on Indianapolis project aims to activate the Soldiers & Sailors Monument by installing enhanced lighting and projection capabilities, a state-of-the-art sound system and flexible staging. These amenities will enable a variety of interactive event experiences that help amplify Monument Circle as a vibrant gathering place and creative public amphitheater. Programming will include seasonally themed experiences, light shows synchronized with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performances and patriotic salutes that honor Indiana history. For inspiration, check this out.

Find a printable overview here.

Learn more about the project in the Indianapolis Business Journal here.   

Stay tuned for more information and project updates in 2019!