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May 27, 2020


Indianapolis, Ind. - The Indiana Arts Commission announces that the 2020 Indiana Arts Homecoming will be moved online and the 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony has been rescheduled for the fall of 2021.

This decision was made as a result of the ever-changing nature of the novel COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety and health of attendees and presenters. Representatives from Columbus, Indiana; the Homecoming steering committee; and the Governor’s Office saw the digitization of Homecoming and the postponement of the Awards as a creative solution to a challenging time.

“Gatherings are the heartbeat of community, and the arts nurture communities that are engaged and meaningful,” said Rishard Allen, Manager of Grant Services & Education Partnerships for the Arts Council of Indianapolis and steering committee co-chair. “That’s why it’s so important for us to pivot Homecoming to still give everyone the opportunity to gather, even if it’s virtually.”

The Indiana Arts Homecoming will still take place in October 2020. Registration for the online conference will be free.

“Seeing how deftly arts organizations and artists have adapted to this ‘new normal’ has been inspiring. We’re looking forward to seeing how our community will continue to rally together in this new conference format.” said Aili McGill, Executive Director, Nickel Plate Arts and steering committee co-chair.

More details on the 2020 Homecoming will be available in the coming months, including updates on the call for proposals, conference format, and other opportunities to connect to the community.

The 2021 Indiana Arts Homecoming and Governor’s Arts Awards will be held in Columbus, IN. “We’re looking forward to sharing our creative community with the rest of the state when we know we can gather and connect safely. We have so much to look forward to.” commented Sherry Stark, IAC Commissioner, Columbus.
About Indiana Arts Homecoming Co-Chair Rishard Allen
Rishard Allen is the Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, assisting with the administration of arts education initiatives and grant programs for individual artists and arts organizations. Prior to working at the Arts Council, he was the Program Director at Arts for Learning Indiana and was an Emerging Field Leader with WolfBrown, assisting with a nationwide evaluation of the Any Given Child initiative. Rishard also serves on the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Steering Committee for Americans for the Arts.

About Indiana Arts Homecoming Co-Chair Aili McGill
Aili McGill is a museum education and community development professional with fifteen years of experience engaging audiences in history, science, and art programming. She holds a BA in Museums and Museum Management from Earlham College and an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University. She is currently the Executive Director of Nickel Plate Arts, which serves five communities on the eastern side of Hamilton County. McGill is also a Board Member for the daVinci Pursuit, which connects communities through art and science.

About IAC Commissioner Sherry Stark
A Lafayette, Indiana native, Sherry has spent most of her adult community life in Columbus. Previously she was President and CEO of Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County for 12 years. Earlier positions include serving as Executive Director of the Columbus Area Arts Council for two years and being Senior Deputy Mayor and Director of Community Development for the City of Columbus for ten years. Active on a number of local boards, Sherry continues to work with the national Council on Foundations in ensuring that foundations comply with high ethical and operating standards. She is a frequent speaker and/or trainer on leadership, governance and community collaboration matters.

About the Tippecanoe Arts Federation
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and arts council for 14 counties. TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved and at-risk youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region wide. Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of the arts within our region. More information is available at