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About the Commission

Indiana Arts Commissioners and staff posing for a group photo in a gallery

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is an agency of State Government funded by the Indiana General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The IAC consists of 15 gubernatorial appointments 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. They 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.

Click here to learn about the history of the Indiana Arts Commission.

Mission, Vision, and Values

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.

Our vision is the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.

Our values:

  • The benefit of our activity is public, belonging to every individual citizen as we champion arts organizations, providers, and artists in our state.
  • Our activities will be transparent, fair, and ethical.
  • Our programs and processes will have public ownership and will build community.