Following up on a blog from a couple of days ago...
The Indiana Arts Commission has revised its plan to scrap the Regional Arts Partners structure.
"Based on public input, as well as concerns expressed by regional partner organizations, Arts Organization Support II grants would return to the regional granting agent,"
said IAC head Lewis Ricci. "The IAC will still provide a centralized grant application process and have final approval on these grants, but at the same time preserves the regional review and grant award process in which the regional organizations have developed expertise."
This seems like it offers the regional partners half a loaf. Ricci continued: "In the current economic climate we can no longer provide a lump sum to each regional agent for development and delivery of general, technical assistance services. Under this plan, the IAC will develop the overarching goals and objectives with the regional agents submitting proposals for specific strategic programs to meet those goals and objectives."
The problem for the IAC is trying to hang on to whatever shreds of relevance it has left in light of its budget being savaged by the state legislature. Hence the desire to control more of the agenda from Indianapolis.
Sad to say, but this seems like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.