Promoting the arts

Applications are now available
for state’s new Artisan Program

Goal is to brand
Indiana-made art, food products

Staff Report

(August 2008) – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recently announced that applications and guidelines for artists and food producers to participate in the statewide Indiana Artisan program are now avail-able online at www.IN.gov/IndianaArtisan.

Eric Freeman

Eric Freeman

“Governor (Mitch) Daniels and I are committed to creating an entrepreneurial culture in Indiana. By partnering with local artisans, this project allows the state to promote Hoosier businesses,” said Skillman. “I encourage Indiana’s many talented artisans to apply to be a part of this unique initiative.” 
A joint venture of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Department of

Agriculture, Indiana Artisan will work to:
• Promote fine and handcrafted art, as well as value-added food and agricultural products made in Indiana, telling the stories of local artisans who produce them;
• Help artisans increase revenue and market growth through trade shows, retail displays and outlets, and collaborative statewide promotion efforts;
• Provide grant funding for artisan business development education and networking opportunities;
• Provide access to entrepreneurial support and technical assistance, especially for artisans in rural areas;
• Provide Internet representation via the Indiana Artisan website;
• Aid and promote local efforts to develop artisan-related, tourism-focused trail development throughout the state.

Artisans must apply and be accepted into the program in order to participate. A group of art and food experts will select qualified artisan products through an adjudication process. The next jury session is in August and another will follow in October. A timeline for selection and applications for both artists and value-added food producers is available on the site.
Indiana Artisan will develop and leverage a brand built on quality Indiana-made products. Through the new brand, the program will expand the businesses of artisan participants as it increases awareness of Indiana’s arts and foods traditions. 

• Indiana Artisan is housed within the Indiana Arts Commission, 150 W. Market Street, Indianapolis. Eric Freeman, program manager, can be reached at (317) 607-8715 and via email at artisan@iac.in.gov.

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