Lilly Endowment Awards $100 Million to Cultural Organizations

Lilly Endowment Awards $100 Million to Cultural Organizations

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $100 million to fourteen arts and cultural groups in Indiana.

The grants will support initiatives designed to strengthen each organization's financial well-being over the long term. Recipients include the American Pianists Association ($5 million), the Children's Museum of Indianapolis ($10 million), the Conner Prairie Museum ($7.5 million), Dance Kaleidoscope ($5 million), the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art ($7.5 million), Heartland Film ($5 million), the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana ($7.5 million), the Indiana Humanities Council ($5 million), the Indiana Repertory Theatre ($7.5 million), the Indiana Symphony Society ($10 million), the Indianapolis Museum of Art ($10 million), the Indianapolis Zoological Society ($10 million), the International Center ($5 million), and the Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis ($5 million). The grants complement the endowment's annual support of more than two dozen arts and cultural organizations in the city and state.

"These organizations have a long history of providing enlightening and educational experiences to the Indianapolis community and to the people of Indiana," said Ace Yakey, the Endowment's vice president for community development. "Their creative and energizing programs, exhibits, concerts, and strong audience and community engagement also have a significant economic impact in the city and around the state and on their national and international reputation."