By ROGER MCBAIN

Evansville Courier & Press staff writer Area artists and arts organizations will receive more than $232,000 from the Indiana Arts Commission this year, most of it awarded regionally through the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.

The council, which doles out grants for the Arts Commission's Region 10, announced 24 grants totaling $142,810 at a news conference Thursday. In addition, the arts council will receive $25,000, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will get $63,994 and Evansville artist Janet L. Lindholm will receive a $1,000 individual artist's grant, all awarded directly from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Region 10 encompasses Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick, Gibson, Knox, Pike and Spencer counties.

The news conference followed an announcement of more than $98,000 in state arts funding for Region 11, which includes Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange and Perry counties.

As the commission's designated regranting agent in Region 11, the Jasper Community Arts Commission awarded $32,818 of that amount to a dozen organizations and programs in the six counties.

In addition, the Jasper Community Arts Commission directly received awards of $25,000 for its regional partnership duties and another $40,791 for programming.

Region 10 recipients are:

The Arts Council of Gibson County, receiving $2,468 for school programs.

The Carver Community Organization, with $3,646 for children's art projects.

Evansville ARC, with $3,310 for creative movement programming.

Evansville Housing Authority, with $4,454 for arts programming.

Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association, getting $5,312 to support "Young Abe Lincoln" performances in Lincoln State Park.

New Harmony Artists Guild, with $1,182 for school performing arts programming in New Harmony, Ind.

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, getting $4,583 for a collaborative, on-site art project.

New Harmony Theatre, receiving $5,126 for a musical performance.

Patchwork Central, Inc. of Evansville, with $5,341 for arts education programming.

The Public Education Foundation of Evansville, Inc., with $5,370 for its 2002 summer musical.

The Reitz Home Preservation Society, receiving $2,064 for dramatic programming.

Ropewalk Writer's Retreat, getting $2,297 to bring authors to workshops.

The University of Evansville, getting $2,985 for music instruction for middle- and high-school students.

Vincennes University's Shircliff Gallery, receiving $2,747 for art activities.

The Vincennes Community School Corp., receiving $3,363 for a high school artist-in-residence program.

Vincennes University Foundation, with $1,910 to bring an artist to campus for Black History Month.

Warrick Public Education Foundation, with $3,742 this summer's musical.

WNIN Tri-State Public Teleplex, Inc, awarded $1,934 for programming featuring student music groups.

Children's Center for Dance Education, winning $7,440 for operating support.

Evansville Civic Theatre, receiving $9,630 for operating support.

Evansville Symphonic Band, getting $3,068 in operating support.

Evansville Dance Theater, receiving $18,375 for programming dance performances and classes.

The Evansville Museum, with $28,037 for operations, programming and equipment.

Tales & Scales, the Evansville-based musical storytelling troupe, with $14,426 in operations funding.

Region 11 recipients are:

The Huntingburg Foundation, awarded $2,165 for a summer concert series.

Paoli Chamber of Commerce, getting $4,865 for the 2003 Lotus Dickey Hometown Music and Arts Reunion.

Orange County Players, with $3,163 for an annual madrigal dinner.

Jasper High School, awarded $2,368 for a spring musical production.

Strings Inc., with $6,939 in operational support grants for string music instruction, performance and community eduction.

Dubois County Tourism, getting $3,801 to promote artistic events in Old World Christmas celebrations.

Veale Creek Players, with $1,492 in organizational support for musical productions and marketing.

Actors Community Theatre, with $2,932 for theater programs in Jasper, Ind.

Patoka Elementary School, awarded $3,593 for an artist-in-residency program.

Perry Central Elementary School, getting $500 for artist-in-residency programming.

Jasper Chamber of Commerce, winning $500 for the Summer Riverwalk Concert Series.

Dubois County Museum, receiving $500 for Heritage Days historic arts programming.

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