May: Grants support local arts, cultural and destination marketing organizations

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, November 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 12, 2020) – Several Brown County arts and cultural organizations received more than $147,000 in support grants to help recover COVID-19-related expenses, according to State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford).

Nearly $10 million in Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants were made available thanks to federal CARES Act funding, and provided through a partnership between the Indiana Destination Development Corp. and the Indiana Arts Commission. May said the grants will help preserve and sustain the events, arts and cultural organizations that contribute to the character and health of a community.

"Brown County is one of the top tourist destinations in the state," May said. "While visitors are returning, the local arts and cultural scene has had a tough year, and many organizations still can’t fully reopen. These funds will help cover some of their losses."

Some of the eligible expenses include salaries, facility operational costs and canceled event production costs. Local grant recipients and funding amounts include:   

  • Brown County Art Gallery Foundation, Inc. ($19,480);
  • Brown County Art Guild, Inc. ($26,033);
  • Brown County Music Center ($32,600);
  • Brown County Playhouse Management, Inc. ($26,033);
  • Indiana Heritage Arts, Inc. ($11,205); and
  • Nashville/Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau ($32,600).

Award amounts were determined by a formula, which included factors for budget size, previous amounts of CARES Act funding received and amount of eligible expenses. Visit for a list of all 479 awardees.


State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.
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