May 2, 2024 - News

Carmel grants $1.24 million to local arts

Carmel artists working

Carmel's art scene gets a boost. Photo: Courtesy of City of Carmel

More than 20 local arts organizations have been awarded $1.2 million in funding from Carmel's 2024 arts grant program.

Why it matters: Carmel's nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $42.7 million in economic activity in 2022 and supported 981 jobs.

  • Grants like these are also difference-makers to people like the creators featured in Axios Indianapolis' Meet The Maker series.

Driving the news: Carmel Jazz Festival, the Actors Theatre of Indiana and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre were among the 23 organizations awarded this year.

  • This is the 21st year the city has provided financial support for local arts with more than $17.3 million in grants awarded since the program's inception in 2004.

What they're saying: "Without question, the artistic culture thriving in our city has profoundly enriched the lives of our residents, visitors and business community alike," said Carmel Mayor Sue Finkam.

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