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​​​​​​What We Believe

When the arts are centrally positioned in communities and the everyday lives of citizens, their effect radiates outward. The arts impact how we think, plan and develop.

  • When the arts engage their communities, they create authentic and relevant work; and
  • When communities value creative work as relevant to their everyday lives, they engage in the arts; and
  • When communities engage in the arts, the arts thrive; and
  • When the arts thrive in a community, the community thrives; and
  • When communities thrive, so does the state

In addition, the Indiana Arts Commission is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in our programming and services. Requests for accessibility accommodation should be sent to Stephanie Haines at shaines@iac.in.gov or by calling (317) 232-1274.

What We Do

Our mission is to positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our state's citizens and communities.

Who We Serve

As an agency of state government, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) takes it role in serving all citizens of the state seriously. That's why our vision is "the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana."

In order to move closer to our vision, we focus on three specific stakeholder groups:

  1. Artists
  2. Organizations
  3. Communities

Who We Are

The Indiana Arts Commission is made up of 15 people appointed by the Governor who establish the agency's policies and goals, plan its direction for the future, and approve all grant awards and programs. The commissioners serve up to eight years, without compensation and are selected to represent various areas of the state and diverse arts, business and community backgrounds. The commissioners hire an executive director to administer the agency and implement the strategic plan. IAC staff provide advice and counsel, develop and administer the grants making process, recruit and train panelists, maintain a website, develop and disseminate publications and other information, and convene groups to assist in issue identification and research.

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