About the Commission

The Indiana Arts Commission (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.


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.


The arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.


  • 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.


The Commission hires an executive director to administer the agency and implement the strategic plan. The 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.

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

To read about the Indiana Arts Commission's history, click here.