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Your purchase of an Arts Trust license plate does more than decorate your car, light duty truck or motorcycle; it secures continuous funding for Indiana students through the Indiana Arts Commission's Arts in Education granting program. Arts Trust license plates are available at any branch office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and can also be ordered online. There is no special application or authorization form needed to obtain an Arts Trust license plate, and they are available to all Hoosier motorists. The Arts Trust license plate was designed in 1999 by Pat Starzynski.
For more information, visit the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.
The cost of the plate is $40. A donation of $25 will go to the IAC Cultural Trust Fund and the additional $15 covers BMV registration fees.
Interest and dividends from license plate purchases currently fund the Indiana Arts Commission's Arts in Education granting program.
The Cultural Trust Fund was created through legislative action in 1997, establishing a vehicle with which the IAC can enhance the funding, encouraging, promoting, and expanding of the arts in Indiana through financial resources outside the agency's biennial budget. The IAC Cultural Trust Fund is a proactive means of ensuring future financial support to Hoosier communities to enhance cultural resources for the benefit of their citizens. Moneys generated through the fund are used to augment, not replace, appropriations from the Indiana General Assembly to the IAC.
A seven-member Cultural Trust Fund Administrative Board oversees the management of the funds as well as develops fund-raising strategies. The Board is comprised of three members appointed by the bi-partisan IAC; three members appointed by the Governor; and the Treasurer of the State of Indiana or designee.
The Administrative Board develops investment and fund-raising policies and guidelines and may also acquire funds from public and private sources. The State Treasurer administers and invests the money in the fund. Interest and dividends from the investment of the funds may be appropriated annually to the IAC. As with any public or private foundation, the IAC and the Cultural Trust Fund Administrative Board must comply with applicable state and federal laws regarding fund management and allocations. The funds may not be used for the purchase of land or permanent facilities.