Albion, IN- The Indiana Arts Commission in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Destination Development, awarded $10 million to arts and culture destinations throughout the state that showed loses because of COVID-19. Funds were provided through the CARES Act. 479 non-profit organizations across the state received funding through this grant. Four Noble County arts and culture organizations were the recipients of these funds.

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Mid-America Windmill Museum & Historical Society, Noble County Fairgrounds, and Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce received grant money. Awards can be used for canceled event production, marketing expenses related to reopening, facility operational costs, and salaries and artist fees.

Arts and culture attractions play a large role in Noble County’s tourism and economic industries. In 2018, tourism had a $7.2 million economic impact on the county. About a seventh of this money came from arts and culture attractions.

“Arts and culture organizations are a staple in our county as they help tell the story of our unique and rich history,” said Visit Noble County Executive Director, Emily Schneider. “It is important that we help keep these organizations afloat during these challenging times because of the impact they have not only on visitors but residents alike.”

On arts and culture destinations, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said, “These organizations help enhance the quality of life here in our great state. I am pleased to see the arts and cultural sector, which adds to Indiana’s tourism economy, get this funding.”

About Visit Noble County

To promote tourism by connecting partners and events, developing unique assets and enriching visitors’ experiences in a way that contributes to economic growth.

About Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC)

The IDDC’s mission is to attract and retain business, talent, students and visitors to our great state.

About Indiana Arts Commission

Our mission is to positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our state’s citizens and communities.

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