Strategic Plan

After an intensive, year-long process the Indiana Arts Commission in March 2017 gave final approval to the 2017–2021 five-year strategic plan. This document is an important planning foundation for our vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.

Public Steering Committee

The IAC thanks the following committee members for their wisdom, insight and dedication, as well as Sherry Stark (Commissioner, Columbus) for her leadership throughout the process.

  • Bill Barnes, Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, Madison
  • Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
  • Minju Choi, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis
  • Sandi Clark, former commissioner, board member of Arts Midwest, Bloomington
  • Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, Indiana University East, Richmond
  • Senator Jon Ford, Terre Haute
  • Jon Kay, Traditional Arts Indiana, Bloomington
  • Sharen Kazee, Educator and musician, Evansville
  • Suzann Lupton, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis
  • Susan Mendenhall, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne
  • Breanca Merritt, Indiana University Public Policy Institute, Indianapolis
  • Warren Miller, ArtsWork Indiana Artist, Indianapolis
  • Karen Moyars, Prairie Preservation Guild, Nashville
  • Brenda Myers, Hamilton County Tourism, Fishers
  • Jennifer Perry, Commissioner, Terre Haute
  • Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis
  • Daren Redman, Artist, Nashville
  • Eric Shields, Indiana Economic Development Corp., Indianapolis
  • Geoff Shomacker, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indianapolis
  • Micah Smith, Commissioner, Indianapolis
  • Sherry Stark, Chair, Commissioner, Columbus
  • Nancy Stewart, Commissioner, Fort Wayne
  • Lane Velayo, Indiana Music Education Association, Indianapolis 
  • Jim Walker, Big Car, Indianapolis

Public Forums

Survey findings were shared with the strategic plan steering committee who identified key themes which were further discussed by the full Commission. Those key themes became the focus of three facilitated live public forums (Web Cafés) for artists, community organizations and community leaders. 153 citizens participated and gave feedback on a variety of questions including in what areas the arts can have the greatest impact in community; support community development goals; and work effectively with economic development. 


The plan process was facilitated by Sara Peterson, of Sara Peterson Consulting. Sara is a management consultant to nonprofits, government, foundations, and community groups. She specializes in practical governance and board development, a wide range of planning and facilitation, evaluation, and organizational assessments. Sara was supported by additional facilitators including Brian Blackford, Project Manager at Indiana Communities Institute, Ball State University; Jamie Levine-Daniel, Assistant Professor, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Joanna Taft, Founding Executive Director, Harrison Center for the Arts and Susan Zurbuchen, Director of the Arts Administration Program at Butler University. David O’Fallon, President & CEO, Minnesota Humanities Center was also engaged to lend expertise to the Commission and staff related to evaluation and outcomes. 

Throughout the process, all meetings (both public forums and Commission-level meetings) had external, objective facilitation, to insure a non-biased result.

It should be noted that all facilitators and hosting institutions offered their assistance and facilities pro bono, in service to their fellow citizens.