Friday, November 27, 2009

Indiana artists eligible for up to $2,000 in grants

Taken directly from the Fort Wayne Daily News
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 09:20

Arts United and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) will present a workshop for artists seeking to apply for funds through the Indiana Arts Commission.

The workshop will take place at the Allen County Public Library from 5:30-7 p.m. December 15. Pre-registration is required. (Contact information below.)

Hoosier artists in selected disciplines have until Feb. 1, 2010 to submit applications for the IAC’s Individual Artist Program (IAP) grant.

Artists are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines on the IAC web site, and note there are significant changes in artistic disciplines that will be accepted for application during the next grant period.

Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: crafts, design art, media arts, photography, visual arts, and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines listed here. The new, federally-funded Artist Access Program that encourages participation by artists with disabilities will also be included within the IAP guidelines and application process.

Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide significant public benefit through the completed project.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, must be an Indiana resident for at least one year prior to the date of the application, and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

A detailed explanation of the IAP program, and grant guidelines are available on the IAC website. Artists should be aware that the application for IAP grants must be submitted online utilizing the IAC’s online grants system.

Qualified citizen review panels, selected by the IAC, will evaluate applications during discipline-specific panel meetings convened by the IAC. The panels examine each application based upon criteria which includes the quality of the artist’s work, the impact the project will have on the artist’s career development, public benefit from the project, and feasibility of the project completion in the specified period of time.

More than 200 artists applied for Individual Artists Program grants last year and 33 projects received IAC funding.

Artists must pre-register by contacting Jan Shupert-Arick, Director of Regional Services at 260-471-5670 or email

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

library renovation mosaic

library renovation mosaic
Originally uploaded by acpl
We have a bit of construction going on at the main library. Self check machines are coming! The old checkout desk is being reconfigured. During the construction, the checkout desk has moved down the hall a bit, and the general reference desk is in the Great Hall. We're in temporary spots, but we're still here to help you!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

"See the USA, do research today"

OK, OK, Dinah Shore, wherever you are, please forgive me.

You had to have been there, staying up in your ski pajamas late on Sunday nights, sitting on the living room floor, listening to Dinah, watching her just glow with joy as she sang about seeing the USA in your Chevrolet. I've tried over the years to follow her advice, although I've also used American Motors, Volkswagen, Nissan, Plymouth, Toyota and Honda, and the next big jaunt will be in a Saturn. Anyway, as vacation season approaches just beyond the tree buds you almost see in your front yard, my surprisingly sound advice to you is to get books from the library to help plan your own travels with Burt Reynolds or whoever else warms your heart.

Two years ago, on a trip to Vicksburg, Miss., I wouldn't have found the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale if I hadn't borrowed ACPL travel books. Same for the tiny Jim Henson museum in his home town of Leland, which itself isn't much bigger than Kermit the Frog. Last year, my son Aaron and I wouldn't have discovered one of the best-kept natural history secrets in the East -- Pennsylvania's Ricketts Glen State Park and its 22 named waterfalls. The concept applies to every other such journey I've taken for many years now. It's so much more fun when you have some idea of where you are going.

Next up for Patty and me is Austin, to visit our daughter, Noelle. We're hauling furniture for her this time, so, to break up the Interstate monotony, we'll cruise the lovely Natchez Trace on the way down and drive among the Ozarks on the way home. I plan to load up on travel books this very evening. If you'd like to do the same (and, like me, overcome your guilt about global warming, etc.), come to the Readers' Services Department at the Main library or work with your librarian at your local branch, who will have some materials and will be able to get others from Main.

According to Dinah, "America's the greatest land of all." Here at ACPL, we've got the books (and maps) to help you discover what she meant.



Saturday, January 12, 2008


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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

tax forms are here!

tax forms are here!
Originally uploaded by acpl
We have free state and federal tax forms available in the Great Hall of the main library, and also at our branch locations.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Come in Out of the Cold and "Travel" to Mexico with Us

Join us for the first of our Destinations series:

Sunday, January 13, 2008
1:00 PM at the Main Library
Meeting Room A

The second Sunday of the month we'll visit a different exciting destination as experts from Conference and Travel Services take us on virtual adventures.

Future Destinations and Dates:
Alaska on Stage - February 10, 2008
Cooking Around the World - March 9, 2008
Disney Destinations - April 13, 2008
Travel Around the World - May 11, 2008

(Photo courtesy:

Monday, December 17, 2007

Caroling, Caroling, Now We Go

While we do not have any concerts scheduled at this time, join us in the Great Hall at the Main Library for some holiday caroling.

Tuesday, December 18th- 2pm- Children's Department- Chime concert.

Wednesday, December 19th - 1pm - Hickory Elementary

[Since I quoted the copyrighted song "Caroling, Caroling", I should note it was written by Al Burt and Wihla Hutson in 1954. Read more about lyricist Wihla, born in Indiana, here.]