Arts Commission Invests in IMPS

Arts Commission Invests in Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society to Strengthen Marion through Arts and Creativity

Marion, Indiana – In a move to celebrate and preserve the cultural legacy of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) has allocated a substantial grant of $4,000 to the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society (IMPS) for their innovative project, “Preserving the Cornfield Classic,” under the Arts Project Support grant program.

During the recent Quarterly Business Meeting held on June 9, 2023, the Indiana Arts Commission evaluated over 480 applications with the expertise of 146 panelists from around the state and the country. These panelists brought diverse skills in the arts, community development, and nonprofit management to carefully select projects that would significantly contribute to the cultural enrichment of the state.

“The projects and organizations selected to receive funding are strengthening our state,” emphasized Anne Penny Valentine, Chair of the Indiana Arts Commission. “The Commission is excited and honored to invest in Hoosier communities, supporting organizations that are doing exceptional creative work to make Indiana a great place to live, work, play, study, and stay.”

Pat Mitchell, former President of the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society, expressed gratitude for the grant, outlining their organization’s purpose for the funds. “This grant will significantly aid us in telling the story of the Cornfield Classic and documenting the first annual time trials, preserving an important part of Indiana’s motorcycle heritage. We are grateful to the Indiana Arts Commission and appreciate the support from legislators who recognize the cultural significance of our project.”

Miah Michaelsen, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission, highlighted the broader impact of arts and creativity on communities. “Art and creativity strengthen the fabric of Indiana’s communities. They promote connection and cohesion, foster the entrepreneurial spirit communities need to thrive, and create the kinds of communities where people want to live.”

“In every corner of our state, public funding for arts and creativity continually proves to be a high-return investment that improves the quality of life of Hoosiers and drives economic development within our state,” Michaelsen added.

The funding for the Indiana Arts Commission and its programs is made possible through the support of the Indiana General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency committed to promoting artistic excellence and creativity. This grant represents a vital step towards fostering artistic endeavors that contribute to the cultural vitality of Marion and the broader Indiana community.

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