Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County and the Columbus Area Arts Council have announced Welcoming Community Grant recipients. More than $48,000 is being distributed to groups, agencies and organizations for programs designed to promote diversity and inclusion, with many of them planned in an around the Aug. 26 unveiling of Exhibit Columbus installations.
- Arts for Learning, $4,750 for an event in Mill Race Park for families to engage in creative activities promoting cultural differences and commonalities.
- Ballet Folklorico Columbus, $2,500 to purchase costumes for Mexican folk dance performances at local events including Ethnic Expo.
- Bartholomew County Historical Society, $5,000 to conduct a heritage art class to explore how various cultures have used dyes throughout history.
- The Language Conservancy and Bartholomew County Public Library, $4,350 for two events on Native American history and contemporary issues.
- Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, $5,000 to create an Avenue of Architects exhibit at the Bartholomew County Public Library.
- Columbus Young Professionals, $3,500 to offer a traveling summer film series to take place at various downtown locations.
- Dancers Studio Inc., $3,700 to collaborate with Indianapolis-based Dance Kaleidoscope on interpretive dances at Exhibit Columbus installations and a community performance.
- IUPUC Division of Liberal Arts, $4,003 to develop a program highlighting immigrant women in the community through stories displayed in downtown Columbus.
- Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus, School of Art and Design, $2,000 to create a visual arts exhibit at WellConnect to record and commemorate Exhibit Columbus.
- Pride Alliance Columbus, $5,000 to collaborate with the Ensemble Theatre Columbus on the production of “The Laramie Project.”
- St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, $5,000 to document the immigrant experience through photographs taken by local immigrant adults and children for display in a downtown exhibit.
- Sue Casa Columbus, $3,950 to support the Mexican Independence Day community event.
Heritage Fund received 19 applications and reviewed more than $90,000 in grant requests.