Culture and art, the underlying thread of PATTERN, inspired our upcoming Vol. 14 Art issue. Over the years, PATTERN has covered numerous art shows and events and we are excited to debut our first ever Art issue this October. With that being said, art is not just a topic of interest here in Indy, but around the country as well.
Trump’s 2019 proposed budget is in favor of generously decreasing money given to four federal cultural agencies including The National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA supports creativity in communities across the country, allowing Americans to experience the arts and all they have to offer. If this proposal passes, the NEA’s budget will be cut by $121 million from 2017 to 2019, according to The Washington Post. Though Trump had similar plans in last year’s budget proposal, it was shut down by Congress and they are hoping to do the same this year.
On a more positive note, the City of Indianapolis has pledged to continue investing in local arts by maintaining the 1M support of the Indianapolis Arts Council as well as launching a new $100,000 grant program that is dedicated to supporting the creative economy our city. The goal of the grant is to help increase film, music, dance, design and cooking initiatives in Indianapolis.
Now if you are as fired up as we about building the art community locally and nationally, then keep reading. The National Arts in Education week is upon us and starting today you can show your support for the arts here in Indy by attending one of several events including presentations, workshops and performances. Be sure to check out a full listing of the weeks events and learn more about Indy’s Arts in Education Week contributor, Any Given Child. If you attend any of the events, post on social media using #BecauseOfArtsEd and #IndyArtsEd.
Stay artsy Indy!