11 Indiana Communities, including Spencer and Martinsville, Receive Training and Funding Through Creative Convergence Program

Written from press release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – July 9, 2024

The Indiana Arts Commission announced today that eleven Indiana communities have been awarded training and grant funding through the Creative Convergence program. This initiative, held in partnership with the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University’s Miller College of Business, aims to integrate arts and creativity into community and economic planning.

Launched in 2023, the Creative Convergence program includes a two-day training workshop and an Early Action Grant Program. The recent workshop, held on April 17-18 in Lebanon, IN, brought together teams from local governments, arts organizations, educational institutions, and community-focused roles. The training emphasized collaboration across sectors and effective community engagement.

Following the workshop, communities had the opportunity to apply for a Creative Convergence Early Action grant. Each of the selected communities will receive $10,000 to support a project that benefits both creatives and the community.

Highlighted Projects:

  • Martinsville: The city will enhance inclusivity and support local artists by creating murals on twelve public benches, responding to community demand for interactive, free art in accessible green spaces.
  • Rockport: The grant will be used to improve two green spaces on Main Street for concerts, art fairs, city events, and open gathering spaces. The project aims to gather community input and establish a local arts organization.

Participating Communities and Projects:

  • Brookville: “Small Town Pics”
  • Gas City: “Historical Main Street Tour”
  • LaGrange: “LaGrange, INspired”
  • Lebanon: “The Lebanon Story Booth”
  • Martinsville: “Martinsville Public Bench Mural Art”
  • Rockport: “The Main Attraction”
  • Rockville: “MainStreet Mural on Jefferson”
  • Shoals: “Re-CREATE-ing Overlook Park”
  • Spencer: “Sweet Owen River Arts Park”
  • Union City: “Union City Arts Project Pitch Competition and Delivery”
  • Washington: “Building Deeper Appreciation for the Arts in Daviess County”

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