$100 million grant given to Indy arts organizations

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Indy's art just got a little bit brighter.

Tuesday morning Lilly Endowment Inc. announced its approval of a $100 million grant for 14 Indiana arts and community organizations.

Most notable from the grant is the $10 million checks to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and the Indianapolis Zoo.

According to a release from the ISO the grant is one of the largest gifts in the organization’s 85-year history.

“Lilly Endowment’s support comes at a critical point in time for the ISO,” said Vince Caponi, the chair of the board of directors of the ISO, in the same release. “This transformational grant will enable the ISO [to] expand its reach beyond the walls of our concert hall, will help fulfill an important commitment to our extraordinary musicians, and will help secure the future of the institution.”

Likewise this was the largest gift in the IRT’s 44-year history.

"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 have a significant economic impact on the city and around the state and on their national and international reputation.

“Indiana marks its bicentennial in 2016 and Indianapolis celebrates its bicentennial in 2021. The Endowment hopes that these grants enable recipients to cross these milestones in a stronger position to sustain and build on their contributions to the cultural vitality of the city and state.”

Here is a complete list of the organizations that have been awarded:

Children’s Museum: $10 million.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: $10 million.

Indianapolis Museum of Art: $10 million.

Indianapolis Zoo: $10 million.

Conner Prairie: $7.5 million.

Indiana Repertory Theatre: $7.5 million.

Indiana Landmarks: $7.5 million

Eiteljorg Museum: $7.5 million.

American Pianists Association: $5 million.

Dance Kaleidoscope: $5 million.

Heartland Film: $5 million.

Indiana Humanities Council: $5 million.

International Center: $5 million.

Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis: $5 million.