Arts Commission Announces Temporary Regional Partnership Restructuring

The Indiana Arts Commission recently announced it will temporarily assume the granting and program delivery services in two of its 12 regions.

The Bloomington Area Arts Council, which provided grants and services to Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties, and the Arts Council of Southern Indiana, serving Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Scott and Washington counties, were placed on suspended status as Regional Arts Partners by official Commission action following reviews of their respective administrative structures.

“For the current fiscal year, we will assume the responsibility for distributing grants and providing other cultural services previously administered on behalf of the Indiana Arts Commission in these two regions,” said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC executive director. “Arts organizations, individual artists, and most importantly the general public will not see any interruption of cultural services in these regions.”

Both the Bloomington Area Arts Council and the Arts Council of Southern Indiana will continue to provide their own programming in the respective communities.

Questions about grants and services to either region should be directed to IAC Community Development Manager Bobbie Garver at 317-232-1283 or

The IAC will continue to work with the Bloomington Area Arts Council and the Arts Council of Southern Indiana to assist them in strengthening the organizational capacity of their respective organizations and in supporting the arts in these regions.