Opera singer selected for the Indiana Arts Commission’s OnRamp program – cialisdfr
Opera singer selected for the Indiana Arts Commission’s OnRamp program
Opera singer selected for the Indiana Arts Commission’s OnRamp program

Northwest Indiana-based opera singer Aquilia McCain has been selected for the Indiana Arts Commission’s 2024 On-Ramp program.

McCain was one of 30 cohorts selected for the prestigious and highly competitive statewide program. It gives artists and creative professionals throughout Indiana a chance to hone their entrepreneurial and community engagement skills.

Elaine Grogan Luthrull of Minerva Financial Arts in Dublin, Ohio created the Indiana Arts Commission’s On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program. It’s a three-day workshop where cohorts learn about marketing, revenue generation, customer identification and other business aspects of art.

“The chance to participate in the On-Ramp program is an incredible honor,” McCain said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to not only further develop my entrepreneurial skills, but also connect with a network of fellow artists and creative professionals across the state.”

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This year, the Indiana Arts Commission received 94 applications. Cohorts get the chance to collaborate, create lasting connections and apply for $2,000 in grant funding.

It tracks participants’ progress and growth while focusing on practical applications so they can successfully pursue a career in the arts.

“The On-Ramp program is not just about gaining knowledge; it’s about building lasting relationships and support systems in the arts community,” Grogan Lutrull said.

McCain will headline the 2nd Annual Classic Chrysanthemum Concert at the Aquatorium in Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood in September. It will be taped and broadcast on Lakeshore Public Television.

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