In December 2021, The Arts Federation was selected to receive a Local Arts Agency grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These dollars are a part of the American Rescue Plan and will help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. TAF will utilize the $500,000 to distribute grants in communities they serve in North Central Indiana. In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $20,200,000 to 66 local arts agencies nationwide for sub-granting. The Arts Federation is the only organization to receive this award in the state of Indiana.
“We are thrilled to bring these much needed dollars to North Central Indiana. We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for their recognition of the importance of equitable access to the arts in both urban and rural communities; the impact of these dollars will resonate for generations.” stated Tetia Lee, TAF’s CEO.
TAF will work to distribute funds to organizations and individual arts. Eligible recipients may use these dollars to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.
“The NEA’s significant investment in local arts agencies, including the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, is a key element in helping the arts and culture sector recover and reopen, while ensuring that that American Rescue Plan funding is distributed equitably,” said Ann Eilers, NEA’s acting chair. “These grants recognize the vital role of local arts agencies and will allow them to help rebuild local economies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.”