Hoosier Shakes was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Arts Project Grant for the year of 2017 from the Regional Initiative Grant [RIG] Program in November 2016.
The RIG program supports different arts organizations through the contribution of funding. By doing this, the program will ensure that all Indiana citizens can have access to quality arts and cultural activities. Regional Initiative Grant programs include Arts Project Support and Mini grants, Arts Operating Support I and Arts Operating Support II.
These grants are managed through the Regional Arts Partners, which are community-based Indiana organizations that focus on providing better access to a variety of arts services within their designated counties.
Executive Director Greg Fiebig said, “the Indiana Arts Commission grant will give a boost toward our financial needs. To be specific, the Arts Commission grant ensures we will be able to cover the professional actor stipends during their time with us.”
Hoosier Shakes has operated on a “pay-what-you-will” basis. At each show, patrons were asked to make a charitable contribution to meet costs. Although this was enacted in 2016, it only accounted for about one-tenth of the budget. The rest of their income is fulfilled from organizational sponsors and private donors.