State Rep. McNamara: Grants support local arts, cultural and destination marketing organizations

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, November 20, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2020) – New Harmony recently received $12,944 in support grants to help recover COVID-19 related expenses, according to State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville).

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

"Arts and cultural programs bring in a tremendous amount of tourism and revenue to our communities," McNamara said. "The fall and summer months are particularly popular times for Posey County festivals, and artisan walks are great for everyone to enjoy. This funding may be able to help several organizations recoup lost expenses they may have due to many canceled events this year."

According to McNamara, some of the eligible expenses include salaries, facility operational costs and canceled event production costs.

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 in.gov/arts for a list of all 479 awardees.

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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