Grants and Community Engagement

Grants Awarded
2020 Arts in the Park Grant - Indiana Arts Commission
2019 Arts in the Park Grant - Indiana Arts Commission
2018 Arts in the Park Grant - Indiana Arts Commission
2017 Creative Renewal Fellowship - Arts Council of Indianapolis
2017 Arts in the Park Grant - Indiana Arts Commission
2017 Individual Artist Grant - Indiana Arts Commission
2016 Arts in the Park Grant - Indiana Arts Commission

Arts in the Park 2018, 2019

Rainsticks and Thunder Drums! Buzzz and Shake! Dianna held four workshops where participates built either a bee shaker or rain stick, learned about pollinators or flood control from an interpretive naturalist, and then created music together with their own instruments, wood frogs, and lots of other exciting percussion instruments. It was fun for all ages! This project was made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Community Arts Organizations

Arts for Learning - Teaching Artist through community engagement and educational workshops

Arts with a Purpose - Teaching and performing the arts to promote wellness, diversity, and compassion 

Creative Renewal Fellowship 2017 - Italy and Croatia

Dianna was awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowships in 2017 along with 29 other artists in Indianapolis. This fellowship, similar to a creative sabbatical, is offered every other year to professional artists to explore their artistry, refresh their creativity, and recharge their spirit.

Dianna traveled to Italy to study accordion repair, visiting places where the traditions of the accordion have been preserved, and visited accordion factories and shops where accordions are made and sold. Dianna wanted to pursue a new opportunity within the music field, accordion repair. For many years, she has been interested in instrument mechanics. In the US, there are very few opportunities to study accordion repair. Some accordion stores offer apprenticeships, but you must travel to them, and commit to multiple year contracts. The Accordion Craft Academy - - offers three courses of accordion repair tuning. She attended their five day first tier and second tier courses where she learned reed replacements, tunings, and more. The courses take place in Calstefidardo, Italy, a city that is known as the international capital of accordion builders. A small company in Calstefidaro made her own accordion that she plays on, a Siwa and Figli. She also visited some of the many accordion factories that are in Calstefidaro. She was able to study with some of the best accordion repair and builders in Italy and take that knowledge back to Indiana with her to repair accordions in the Midwest.

For the second part of the fellowship, Dianna wanted to explore her grandfather’s Balkan roots in Croatia and spend time in the areas where her great-grandfather emigrated from. She had her first music lesson from her grandfather, whose parents emigrated from Croatia and Slovenia. She had some old letters written from her great-grandfather’s nephew, Vojo, and other family and friends, that her grandmother had given her a few years before. She used the fellowship as an opportunity to get the letter’s translated and was able to find her family in Croatia and meet many members of her family. Not since her great-grandfather left Croatia did the Croatia family and the US family talk or meet with each other. Much of Dianna’s love of eastern European music comes from her exploration of her family history so it was a special moment when she got to meet her family for the first time in Croatia.