Power Plant Grant Program Seeks Artist Applicants

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Power Plant Grant Program Seeks Artist Applicants


The Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization, Big Car Collaborative, is accepting applications to its Power Plant Grant program through July 10. This annual program supports individual artists, artist teams and art spaces with six $10,000 grants. The funds are for artists living in Indianapolis and spaces located in the city.

The Power Plant Grant is part of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts‘ Regional Regranting Program, a network of partners that fund visual artists and collectives producing public-facing work that’s experimental and brings new energy to arts communities throughout the country.

In Indianapolis, Power Plant Grants are intended to enable individuals and groups of artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities, develop and pursue collaborative projects, and/or engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways. To apply, visit: www.powerplantgrant.org

The basics:

●  Power Plant Grants support visual artists who live, work, or run spaces in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2023 applications are due by July 10.
●  Eligible applicants are visual/multidisciplinary artists who create original work in painting, drawing, sculpture, book art, ceramics, fiber, printmaking, digital/media works, film, video, photography, performance art, sound art, social practice and/or hybrid or interdisciplinary practice of any/all of the above.
●  Artists must be over 21 at the time of the application, and may not be full-time students.
●  Artists must live and/or work in Indianapolis.
●  Employees or board members (or immediate family members of employees or board members) of Big Car Collaborative are not eligible for this opportunity.
●  Teams, partnerships, and unincorporated individuals running spaces are eligible. Nonprofit organizations are not.


●  Friday, May 5 – Application opens
●  Monday, May 29, 7-8 pm — Virtual information session. Register here.
●  Monday, June 26, 7-8 pm — Information session (in-person)
●  Monday, July 10 – Applications close online, at 11.59 PM EST
●  Friday, August 11 – All applications notified if they will proceed to the final round
●  Saturday, August 26, 9:30 am – 6 pm — Artists’ presentations at the Selection Panel meeting in Indianapolis
●  Monday, August 28 – Award recipients notified
●  Monday, September 18 – Public Announcement of 2023-24 Awards

Big Car Collaborative is one of 32 regional regranting organizations across the United States working to support artists via funds from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This is the third round of Power Plant Grants in Indianapolis. The program started in 2020 as emergency grants distributed during the height of the pandemic. In 2021 and 2022, Big Car also awarded $60,000 per year in project grants to artists and artist-run spaces.

“The role of artists in Indiana is very important coming out of the pandemic and with all the social and cultural divisions our nation is experiencing. They provide access to different thoughts and ideas, draw our attention and provide new perspectives,” said Big Car program director Shauta Marsh. “We’re grateful to help support artists this way.”

This year’s awardees will be selected by a group of four jurors: a former Power Plant Grant recipient, an out of state regranting partner, an Indiana arts leader and an Indianapolis arts leader.