WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nearly a half million dollars in grants will make a direct impact on the local arts community.
The grants were given out today during the 20th Annual Bravo for the Arts banquet.
The event celebrates and supports the economic impact of the arts in the Tippecanoe Art Federation's 14 counties.
Awards and grants ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars were handed out by the Indiana Art Commission and North Central Health Services.
A sold-out crowd of nonprofits, companies, politicians and arts administrators came together to discuss how the arts can lead to economic growth.
"This is one of the few opportunities that we all get together and really showcase the arts and what it does for our community," said Tetia Lee, Executive Director of the Tippecanoe Art Federation.
"Our keynote speaker is Miah Michaelsen and she will really be bridging that gap of what the arts means to business and economic development as well as our quality of place, all of these things are extremely exciting."
Two of the biggest awards were given out for an individual and a business that demonstrated leadership in the arts community.