This just in... Hoosier artists encouraged to apply for IAC Individual Artist Program grants (Indianapolis) The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that Hoosier artists in selected disciplines have until February 1, 2010 to submit applications for the IAC's Individual Artist Program (IAP) grant. Artists are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines on the IAC website, and note there are significant changes in artistic disciplines that will be accepted for application during the next grant period. Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: crafts, design art, media arts, photography, visual arts, and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines listed here. The new, federally-funded Artist Access Program that encourages participation by artists with disabilities will also be included within the IAP guidelines and application process. Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide significant public benefit through the completed project. Applicants must be 18 years of age, must be an Indiana resident for at least one year prior to the date of the application, and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. A detailed explanation of the IAP program, and grant guidelines are available on the IAC website. Artists should be aware that the application for IAP grants must be submitted online utilizing the IAC's online grants system. Qualified citizen review panels, selected by the IAC, will evaluate applications during discipline-specific panel meetings convened by the IAC. The panels examine each application based upon criteria which includes the quality of the artist's work, the impact the project will have on the artist's career development, public benefit from the project, and feasibility of the project completion in the specified period of time. A series of application workshops have also been planned. A complete listing of dates, times and locations can also be found on the IAC website. More than 200 artists applied for Individual Artists Program grants last year and 33 projects received IAC funding.