Purposes and duties
Sec. 2. The commission shall have the following purposes and duties:
(a) To stimulate and encourage throughout the state the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation therein;
(b) To make such surveys as may be deemed advisable of public and private institutions engaged within the state in artistic and cultural activities, including but not limited to, music, theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, and allied arts and crafts, and to make recommendations, concerning appropriate methods to encourage participation in and appreciation of the arts to meet the legitimate needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state;
(c) To take such steps as may be necessary and appropriate to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of our state and to expand the state's cultural resources; and
(d) To encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression essential for the well-being of the arts.
(Formerly: Acts 1965, c.248, s.2; Acts 1967, c.274, s.2.)
Sec. 3. In furtherance of its purposes and duties, the commission shall have, and may exercise, the following powers:
(1) To employ an executive director.
(2) To adopt, promulgate, amend and rescind such rules and regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter as it may deem necessary, acting in accordance with the provisions of IC 4-22-2.
(3) To hold public hearings.
(4) To enter into contracts, within the limit of funds available therefor, with individuals, organizations and institutions for services furthering the objectives of the commission's programs.
(5) To enter into contracts, within the limit of funds available therefor, with local and regional not-for-profit corporations or associations for cooperative endeavors furthering the objectives of the commission's program.
(6) To accept gifts, contributions and bequests of funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, limited liability companies, and other organizations or institutions.
(7) To apply for, receive and disburse any funds available from the state or federal government in furtherance of the objectives
of this chapter and to enter into any agreements which may be
required by the state or federal government as a condition of
obtaining such funds.
(8) To make and sign any agreements and to do and perform any acts that may be necessary to carry out its purposes and duties.
(Formerly: Acts 1965, c.248, s.3; Acts 1967, c.274, s.3.) As amended by Acts 1977, P.L.39, SEC.1; Acts 1979, P.L.17, SEC.2; P.L.8-1993, SEC.29; P.L.100-2012, SEC.6.
Sec. 4. The executive director shall be the chief administrative officer of the commission. The executive director shall supervise the employees of the commission and shall assist the commission in promoting and carrying on its activities and administrative work. The executive director shall not be a member of the commission, but shall devote his or her full time to the performance of his or her duties under the direction and supervision of the commission. The executive director's compensation shall be fixed by the commission with the approval of the budget agency.
The executive director shall be selected for his or her knowledge, competence and experience in the performing and fine arts and in the development and encouragement thereof through the efforts of private or governmental organizations.
(Formerly: Acts 1965, c.248, s.4; Acts 1967, c.274, s.4.) As amended by Acts 1977, P.L.39, SEC.2.
Sec. 5. Appropriate office facilities, supplies and equipment shall be provided for the commission and the executive director and other employees of the commission.
(Formerly: Acts 1965, c.248, s.5; Acts 1967, c.274, s.5.)
(Repealed by P.L.4-1988, SEC.4.)
Arts and cultural district certification
Sec. 7. (a) As used in this section, "district" means an area certified as an arts and cultural district under this section.
(b) As used in this section, "unit" means a city, town, or county.
(c) The commission shall establish an arts and cultural district certification program.
(d) To have an area certified as a district, a unit must:
(1) apply to the commission on a form prescribed by the commission; and
(2) provide any proof the commission determines is necessary
to certify a district.
Two (2) or more units may apply jointly for certification of a district that extends across a common boundary.
(e) The commission, after reviewing an application filed by a unit under subsection (d)(1), may certify an area as a district.
(f) The commission shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2:
(1) to establish criteria for a unit wishing to have an area certified as a district; and
(2) that are necessary to carry out this section.
As added by P.L.10-2008, SEC.1.