The Indiana Arts Commission has announced that organizations working in the arts are receiving grants to help preserve jobs. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more.

Twenty-four groups throughout Indiana are getting grants totaling more than $500,000 to fund staff positions that are essential to their arts-related missions. The National Endowment for the Arts is providing the money under the economic stimulus plan enacted in March.

Sally Gaskill — of the advocacy group Indiana Coalition for the Arts — says the money is needed, given the recession and a recent 20 percent cut to the Indiana Arts Commission’s budget.

“Anything that the government can do, like the stimulus fund grants, certainly help to maintain these important jobs, because arts organizations are like any other employer,” she says. “They are responsible for paying taxes through their payroll and certainly those jobs are as important as jobs in the for-profit sector.”

Gaskill says arts groups need this support and more at a time when the recession is causing declines in revenues and contributions to arts groups.

She says constituents need to tell officials how these funds and others help communities.

“We need to continue to be vigilant about communicating with our legislators and other elected officials the importance that arts organizations and individual artists have to our economy, to quality of life, and to educating our children,” she says.

Nearly 65 percent of the grant money awarded through the Indiana Arts Commission and an organization called Arts Midwest was awarded to Indianapolis arts groups.

(Click here for a list of groups that received NEA stimulus money in Kentucky.)

Organizations Receiving NEA Stimulus Money through the Indiana Arts Commission
Fort Wayne Ballet, $21,300, Fort Wayne
Friend of the Frankfort Library, $25,000, Frankfort
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, $25,000, Indianapolis
Indiana Opera Society, $25,000, Indianapolis
Indiana State Museum Foundation, $16,000, Indianapolis
Young Audiences of Indiana, $25,000, Indianapolis
Muncie Civic & College Symphony Assn., $15,914, Muncie
Ridgewood Arts Foundation, Inc., $25,000, Munster
Northwest Indiana Symphony Society, Inc., $19,240, Munster
Richmond Art Museum, $15,544, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Orchestra, $15,544, Richmond
Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Inc., $25,000, Terre Haute

Organizations Receiving NEA Stimulus Money through Arts Midwest
Asante Children’s Theatre, $25,000, Indianapolis
Eiteljorg Museum, $25,000, Indianapolis

Receiving NEA Stimulus Money through the Indiana Arts Commission and Arts Midwest
Children’s Center for Dance Education, $25,000, Evansville

Organizations Receiving NEA Stimulus Money through the Arts Council of Indianapolis
Phoenix Theatre, Inc., $17,500, Indianapolis
American Pianists Association, $25,000, Indianapolis
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, $25,000, Indianapolis
Harrison Center for the Arts, $7,500, Indianapolis
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, $25,000, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, $25,000, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Inc., $25,000, Indianapolis
Music for All, Inc., $25,000, Indianapolis
Primary Colours, Inc., $25,000, Indianapolis