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Support Arts Funding… and Support the Arts

Let your elected officials know you support arts funding – and the arts – by contacting them today. It’s easy – search for contact information for your city councilors. View sample letters to councilors.

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Now more than ever it’s essential that our elected leaders recognize what the arts mean to us as individuals and as a community. Please contact your city councilor or state official to express how valuable the arts are to you, and to Indianapolis, too.

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Letters to Councilors
From arts organization representative
From artist
From patron/concerned citizen

Arts organization representative letter

Dear (Insert Your Councilor’s Name Here),

I support city funding of local arts. As a representative of an arts organization, I know that city funding supports arts outreach and education programs, along with many other community activities, to approximately 53 different arts organizations annually.

The arts in Indianapolis are an invaluable investment; besides the economic activity they generate - nearly $500 million each year, 15,000 full-time jobs and $52 million in state and local tax revenue - for residents and visitors alike, they help make Indianapolis a safer city through educational programs designed to engage and enrich children, teens and adults, many from impoverished and underserved communities. And of course, the arts continue to make the community we live in more vibrant for families, children and adults, residents and visitors alike, through countless performances, exhibitions, and unique events.

The city funding supports programs not funded directly by earned revenue sources, such as (Please feel free to substitute additional statistics available from this website below):

  • Free concerts in neighborhood parks and community centers
  • Arts programs in juvenile justice centers, correctional facilities, community centers, neighborhood youth clubs, womens’ and homeless shelters, and health care facilities
  • Arts programs for inner-city youth such as mentorships, day camps, after-school enrichment programs, and internships
  • Programming for youths that use the arts to build skills such as self-esteem and self-expression, self-confidence, anger management, and communication
  • Programs for senior citizens, community and neighborhood gatherings, and many others

Public investment in the arts is critical to continuing not only the education and outreach programs supported with the city's funding, but also in leveraging private funding, generating economic activity and tourism, attracting and retaining younger people to our community, and providing a strong message that the arts are an important part of our city.

Our organization needs city funding to continue these types of necessary outreach initiatives. I ask for your support of our city’s local arts funding.

Thank you.

Artist letter

Dear (Insert Your Councilor’s Name Here),

I support city funding of local arts. As a local artist, I believe the arts in Indianapolis are an invaluable investment.

Besides the economic activity the arts generate - nearly $500 million each year, 15,000 full-time jobs and $52 million in state and local tax revenue - for residents and visitors alike, they help make Indianapolis a safer city through educational programs designed to engage and enrich children, teens and adults, many from impoverished and underserved communities. And of course, the arts continue to make the community we live in more vibrant for families, children and adults, residents and visitors alike, through countless performances, exhibitions, and unique events.

The city funding supports programs not funded directly by earned revenue sources. As a result: (Please feel free to substitute additional statistics available from this website below):

  • The arts serve as a cornerstone for the city’s six cultural districts, which include 164 art galleries, theaters, museums, artist’s studios, and other cultural attractions.
  • In 2007, 17,567 arts education and outreach performances, exhibitions, and events were held throughout the city serving more 830,000 people. That’s just the arts education and outreach programs alone!
  • Our city’s museums are home to more than 500,000 artworks and artifacts, occupying more than 2 million square-feet of exhibition space.
  • Citywide arts festivals, such as the Penrod Arts Fair, Indy Jazz Fest, and International Festival feature visual and performing arts, and attract tens of thousands of visitors and residents each year.
  • Our city enjoyed 7 million visits to diverse performances, exhibitions, and programs – more than the combined total of all professional sports attendance.
  • Our city provided nationally and internationally recognized arts experiences to the nearly 22 million annual visitors to Indianapolis.

Public investment in the arts is critical to continuing not only the education and outreach programs supported with the city's funding, but also in leveraging private funding, generating economic activity and tourism, attracting and retaining younger people to our community, and providing a strong message that the arts are an important part of our city.

If our city aims to attract and retain proactive, creative minds, city funding of the arts is essential. I ask for your support of our city’s local arts funding.

Thank you.

Patron or concerned citizen letter

Dear (Insert Your Councilor’s Name Here),

I support city funding of local arts. As a local arts patron, I know that city funding supports arts outreach and education programs and many other community activities to approximately 53 different arts organizations annually.

The arts in Indianapolis are an invaluable investment; besides the economic activity they generate - nearly $500 million each year, 15,000 full-time jobs and $52 million in state and local tax revenue - for residents and visitors alike, they help make Indianapolis a safer city through educational programs designed to engage and enrich children, teens and adults, many from impoverished and underserved communities. And of course, the arts continue to make the community we live in more vibrant for families, children and adults, residents and visitors alike, through countless performances, exhibitions, and unique events.

The city funding supports programs not funded directly by earned revenue sources. In Indianapolis, the arts mean (Please feel free to substitute additional statistics available from this website below):

  • 1.6 million students are impacted through community programs, educational initiatives, and other outreach activities.
  • A good public investment – for every $1 of local government support, the arts generate $5 in return to the city’s economy.
  • Arts programs for inner-city youth such as mentorships, day camps, after-school enrichment programs, and internships.
  • $468 million in Indianapolis economic activity each year – this represents a 59% increase since the last study in 2003.
  • The arts serve as a cornerstone for the city’s six cultural districts, which include 164 art galleries, theaters, museums, artist’s studios, and other cultural attractions.
  • 7 million visits to diverse performances, exhibitions, and programs – more than the combined total of all professional sports attendance
  • Nationally and internationally recognized arts experiences available to the nearly 22 million annual visitors to Indianapolis
  • A better, healthier, more vital Indianapolis

Public investment in the arts is critical to continuing not only the education and outreach programs supported with the city's funding, but also in leveraging private funding, generating economic activity and tourism, attracting and retaining younger people to our community, and providing a strong message that the arts are an important part of our city.

The arts help create a safer city, a stronger economy, and a vibrant community—therefore, city funding of the arts is essential. I ask for your support of our city’s local arts funding.

Thank you.