Applications Open for Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

arts-council-logoEvery two years, the Arts Council of Indianapolis offers the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship opportunity to artists and arts administrators. This biennial initiative is designed to re-energize and revitalize the individuals who form the central Indiana arts community. The fellowship funds can be used for research, instruction, conferences, apprenticeships, travel, or other experiences that help the recipient explore his or her artistry and creative journey. In 2017, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will award thirty $10,000 fellowships to central Indiana artists and arts administrators.

Fellowships are designed for professional artists and arts administrators who have been working in their field for at least ten years; have lived and/or worked in the following 8 counties for a minimum of 3 consecutive years: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson, or Shelby County;
and whose primary source of income is derived from the arts. Optional application workshops will be available by RSVP on January 5th at 10:00am and January 11th at 5:30pm at the Arts Council. The application deadline is Friday, January 20th, and fellowships will be determined on April 28th. The fellowship term is from July 2017 to December 2018.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis believes that a continued investment in our artists and arts administrators benefits central Indiana’s overall cultural climate. This year, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will celebrate the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program’s 10th round of awarded fellowships. Since its inception, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., has awarded over 400 fellowships totaling more than $3,000,000 to artists and arts administrators in all artistic disciplines.

The online application is now open, and the deadline to apply is Friday, January 20, 2017. To download the Application Guidelines, please visit If you have any questions about the fellowship program, please contact Taylor Fengya at

Joseph Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award Call for Nominations

Dr. Joseph T. Taylor

The Office of Equal Opportunity is excited to accept nominations for the Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity. The awardee(s) will be selected from nominations or applications submitted by faculty, staff, or students recognizing exemplary IUPUI individuals, academic and support programs, events, policies, and activities that have led to one or more of the following:

  • Institutional Leadership and Commitment
  • Curricular and Co-Curricular Transformation
  • Campus Climate
  • Representational Diversity
  • IUPUI Community

The 2017 award will be conferred upon the recipient(s) during the 28th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium on February 23, 2017. Application forms must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on January 6, 2017. For more information and to access this year’s nomination form, click here.

Critical Conversations: Free Speech v. Hate Speech – Where Do We Draw the Line?

Blue Square

critical-conversation-free-speech-v-hate-speech-dec-7-2016The ILCE Office sponsors monthly Critical Conversations like this one where participants can engage in a timely issue over the lunch hour.  These Critical Conversations provide informal collegial space to dialogue about issues of social justice, equity and inclusion and are open to IUPUI faculty, staff, students and the Indianapolis community.  More information about the ILCE Office can be viewed here.

The conversation on Free Speech v. Hate speech will be held in University Library room 1126 on December 7th from noon to 1:00pm. Bring your own lunch for this engaging event; light snacks will be provided.

INcommon Grants Call for Applications

Indiana Humanities is pleased to announce INcommon grants, a special one-time funding opportunity offered as part of the NEH’s Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity initiative. INcommon grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for programs that take place between March and October 2017. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2017.

We’re looking for creative and thoughtful ideas that use humanities ideas, readings, and scholars to spark in-depth conversation, insight, and consideration of others’ points of view on the persistent social, economic, cultural and racial issues that divide our communities. These issues often in today’s news: immigration, gentrification, incarceration, policing, institutional racism, the legacies of segregation in housing and education, and more. This grant opportunity invites Hoosiers to take a step back and use the humanities to look at the longer histories driving contemporary debates.

Yet as the name INcommon suggests, we’re very eager to support proposals that demonstrate how the tools and methods of the humanities are a resource for dialogue, understanding and the stitching together of our social and civic fabric. We know these histories can be difficult to talk about. We believe the humanities can create a space for people to come together to learn, consider different points of view, model respectful disagreement and discover shared values.

We welcome diverse projects from across Indiana, addressing different themes and using a variety of public humanities formats. INcommon grants can be used to support new or ongoing public humanities programs that align to the key themes outlined below. Such projects may include reading series and civic reflection discussions; public lectures or panels; film screenings and discussions; or the creation of exhibits, web projects, walking tours, or documentary films.

Special priority will be given to projects that include community discussion and conversation at the heart of their proposed activities. Successful proposals will include input from humanities scholars, including as advisers or facilitators.

For more information or full directions on how to apply, please visit the Indiana Humanities Website.