CICF Artist Ambassadors Announce Recipients of Artist Grants


Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Artist Ambassadors announced more than 40 recipients that will receive a total of $36,000 in grants. These micro-grants were created by the CICF Artist Ambassadors in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on under-appreciated artists and are intended as a bridge for those seeking small grants to simply keep creating. Both visual and performing artists received support with these grants.

“There’s an overwhelming need for the voice and work of these creators to be amplified to shape the true narrative of this city and nation.”

Formed in 2019, the CICF Artist Ambassadors cohort was brought together to explore how CICF grant funding could directly support artists—specifically, artists of color, from the LGBTQ+ community, and artists with disabilities. This funding supports an array of needs for these artists from marketing and promotion to purchasing supplies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse effect on the arts sector in the city, especially under-appreciated communities. These artists face more than just a health pandemic.

“This pandemic emphasized the disparities that were already at the forefront in the arts community. COVID-19 disproportionately affects these under-appreciated artists,” said Tamara Winfrey-Harris, vice president of community leadership and effective philanthropy at CICF. “There’s an overwhelming need for the voice and work of these creators to be amplified to shape the true narrative of this city and nation”

Additional grant rounds will be offered throughout 2021. For more information, email See the full list of recipients below.

Funding for the CICF Artist Ambassador program was provided by the Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund, a fund of CICF.

Visual Artists

Kaila Austin
Gnat Bowden
Boxx the Artist
Justin Brown
Derrick Carter
Matthew Cooper
Jamahl Crouch
LaShawnda Crowe Storm
Bernade Flournoy
Mike Graves
Marquita Jefferson
Cierra Johnson
Latoya Marlin
Nina McCoy
Dominique Miller
Onye Ndika
Rae Parker
Peter Rujuwa
Johnson Simon
Derek Tuder
Beatriz Vasquez
Teresa Vazquez
Shamira Wilson
Micah Wilson

Performing Artists

Bashiri Asad
AshLee Baskin
Carrington Clinton
Austin Coleman
Corey Ewing
Lalah Hazelwood
Ramon Hutchins
Mariah Ivey
Thomas Kneeland-Johnson
Amber Martinez
Chantel Massey
Charlie Redd
Benjamin Rose
Justin Sears-Watson
Kendra Smith
Jared Thompson
Bobby Young

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