Butler University has received two grants from the Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate—$100,000 to support The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse and $20,000 for the Butler Community Arts School.

Hinkle Fieldhouse.The money for the fieldhouse will be used to preserve and maintain the building’s historic structure inside and out, and make improvements that will benefit Butler student-athletes and spectators

Through The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler will maintain the classic architecture of the fieldhouse, while constructing new locker rooms, training facilities, and academic space for student-athletes. More comfortable seating, new restrooms, and a video scoreboard will be part of providing a better-than-ever Hinkle experience for fans.

“The Indianapolis Foundation is a proud supporter of Butler University and its invaluable role in our community,” said Brian Payne, president and CEO of Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation. “Few buildings in Indianapolis are as iconic or provide such an immediate sense of place as Hinkle Fieldhouse, and we’re excited to be a part of its future.”

Athletic Director Barry Collier thanked CICF for the gift, saying, “Hinkle Fieldhouse was originally funded by members of the Indianapolis community in 1928, and the CICF’s support of the current campaign to preserve Hinkle will help to sustain the building for generations to come. We are most grateful.”

The majority of the grant for the Butler Community Arts Schools (BCAS), which provides free and low-cost music lessons and arts instruction to hundreds of Indianapolis schoolchildren each year, will go to need-based scholarships for underserved youths. BCAS has outreach programs through community partners such as Indianapolis Public Schools, Martin Luther King Center, Auntie Mame Child Development Center, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

This year’s CICF grant for the community arts school is $5,000 more than last year’s.

“I think the increase recognizes an ongoing need for arts education programs that can reach children who don’t have access to music instruction or other arts programs,” BCAS Director Karen Thickstun said. “This grant is essential for BCAS’s ongoing efforts to maintain high-quality programs in the community and to expand programs as appropriate.”


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