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Arts Commission announces April 2013 Arts Project Grant recipients

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April 23, 2013

For more information, please contact:
Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, 349.3534

Arts Commission announces April 2013 Arts Project Grant Program recipients

Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has announced its April 2013 grant recipients. Eleven organizations out of 23 applicants received high rankings and were granted funding during the April grant round. Submitted arts programs were evaluated in three categories: artistic quality, community impact and organizational capacity.

The Arts Project Grant is available to nonprofit organizations participating in arts activities that align with 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.

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 the 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

The next cycle of applications for Arts Project Grants will be due October 1, 2013. For more information on the Bloomington Arts Commission or its grant program visit or contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at or 349.3534.


Recipient organizations:

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: $924.20 for its 2013 Summer Concert in the Park project
Bloomington Playwrights Project: $914.70 for its Arts Fair on the Square project
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation: $951.66 for Phase 2 of its ongoing Power of Pattern project
Bloomington Chamber Singers: $900.97 for a new performance of James Whitbourn's "Annelies"
WonderLab: $927.37 for its Science of Art programs that take place on the first Friday of every month
Carlson-Palmer Productions LLC: $850.00 for "Foreign Affairs, Domestic Intrigue: A Concert of Songs, Arias and Duets from Broadway and Opera."
Writers Guild at Bloomington: $810.00 for its Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts
Roundabout Opera for Kids: $935.82 to present a new work, "Ana y la sombra"
Friends of the Monroe County Library: $916.81 for "Culture and the Power of Words: An Evening with Nicole Mones"
WFHB Community Radio: $892.52 for its Fall and Winter 2013 Firehouse Follies events
Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, Lincoln Street and Crescent clubs: $975.96 for the B-Line Parade Mural and Event