The Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) awarded $200,000 in capital projects and capacity building grants to eight arts and cultural organizations today. Grant dollars will meaningfully impact thousands in the TAF regional service area. The grants were made possible through a generous gift from North Central Health Services, Inc. (NCHS), a medical services organization committed to addressing a wide range of health issues and to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.
Awards were made to the following organizations:
Delphi Preservation Society, Inc. · $8,880
The Delphi Preservation Society is working to restore the City Hall Building and its third floor Opera House as a community center and venue for the performing arts. Funding will be used to update the design schematics for the Opera House project to incorporate the newly purchased adjacent building into a cohesive restoration plan.
John E. Christian and Family Memorial Trust, aka SAMARA · $11,450
The John E. Christian and Family Memorial Trust and West Lafayette Public Library have developed a partnership that will increase the capacity of both organizations while providing myriad educational opportunities to NCHS regional communities. Funding will be used to mount Frank Lloyd Wright exhibitions in public libraries and community centers, produce publicity materials, and purchase subject-related educational materials available through the West Lafayette Public Library Evergreen system.
Lafayette Symphony, Inc. · $14,310
Lafayette Symphony will build their organizational capacity by engaging new audiences. Funding will enable the LSO to bring Class Acts, Strings Attached, and Cushion Concert educational outreach to students and adults in surrounding regional communities.
Arts in Action · $15,000
Funding will be used for the implementation of the Community Cultural Plan driven to achieve targeted audience development and enhanced arts education goals through artist residencies and public art.
Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal, Inc. · two awards totalling $33,621:
$15,750 in funding will be used to create and install 7 colorful interpretive panels produced by Delphi artist Terry Lacy. The free standing displays will provide educational information to the thousands who visit each year.
$17,871 will be used to create a 18 by 28 foot, 2-story log "Way Station" structure - specifically, the field stone double-sided fireplace and authentic six panel glass windows. When complete, the Way Station will serve as a visitor orientation site complete with costumed interpreters and traditional on-site home cooked fare.
General Lew Wallace Study & Museum · $18,000
Capital project funding will be used to provide a decorative stucco finish around the perimeter of the Lew Wallace Study, a National Historic Landmark, which completes the final phase of an exterior restoration project initiated in 2009.
Friends of the Frankfort Public Library · $28,014
Funding will be used to purchase sound equipment including sound board, wireless over-the-ear microphones, body pack systems, mixer board, and antenna system for use by the Library's Elizabeth Skanta O'Rear Theater, home to the Clinton County Youth Theater, Library Concert Series events, and the Clinton County Civic Theater performances.
Warren County Learning Center · $70,805
North Central Health Services capital funding will be used to impact one of the most rural counties in the service area. Funding will be used to build a community stage/outdoor amphitheater that will be the only one of its kind in Warren, Benton, and Fountain Counties. The stage will host Learning Center student performances, movies, community concerts, events, and lectures and provide one of the few recreational or entertainment options available.
Since 2004, NCHS has awarded well over one million dollars to arts and cultural organizations through the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. TAF Executive Director Tetia Lee commented, "TAF is proud to be able to distribute these grants on behalf of NCHS. The funded projects this year will enable these organizations to increase their capacity and to deliver enhanced programming and services to our local communities."
For more information, contact TAF at 423-2787 or visit www.tippecanoearts.org.