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ArtsMidwest is one of six regional arts organizations in the country serving audiences, cultural program presenters, and artists in nine Midwest and Upper Midwest states. The Indiana Arts Commission annually partners with ArtsMidwest for projects that promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to communities and enriching people’s lives. Another prominent impact the partnership with ArtsMidwest has on Indiana is through WorldFest. This touring program brings international ensembles to rural communities and showcases world-class talent. The international ensembles performing in Indiana learn first-hand about our signature Hoosier hospitality, creating meaningful and treasured bonds with the people of our state. In 2017, ArtsMidwest concluded a partnership with the community of Plymouth, Indiana, and in mid-2017 began a project with Corydon, Indiana.

National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

Traditional Arts Indiana

Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI), is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and Indiana University. TAI documents, promotes, and presents Indiana’s traditional arts and artisans, with emphasis on those practicing art forms passed down through generations. This research and presentation process makes significant impact in Indiana’s rural communities. Each year, the Indiana Arts Commission and TAI present Traditional Arts Master awards at the Indiana State Fair. TAI’s overarching goal is to share cultural heritage with young Hoosier generations through the arts and community development at the local, state, and national level. The TAI Apprenticeship Program supports the continuation of cultural practices in Indiana communities by funding up to six apprenticeship pairs each year, enabling apprentices to learn essential knowledge and skills in traditional art forms from master artists.

Regional Arts Partners

Regional Arts Partners work alongside the Indiana Arts Commission to promote and expand participation in the arts in Indiana and help award national and state allocated funds. The partners provide broad local access to arts services and funding opportunities and provide services that include, but are not limited to, grantsmaking and information and referral. Partners bring together members of the local community to panel grant applications. These panelists have strong awareness of the applicants and, more importantly, the cultural needs of the people living in that community. Funding recommendations made at the local level are reviewed and approved by the Indiana Arts Commission. Local decision making enhances the sense of investment in, and pride for, the arts at the local level.

Statewide Cultural Districts

A cultural district is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a community in which high concentrations of cultural assets serve as the anchor. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts seek to make Indiana stronger through the arts and culture. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts support community life and economic vitality.

Governor's Arts Awards

Originally presented in 1973, the Governor's Arts Awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education, and leadership in the arts. The awards also build statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Indiana. In addition to recognizing key contributors to the arts, the IAC commissions an Indiana artist to design and create each award. The artist is selected through a statewide call for artists by the same independent panel that selects the Award's recipients

Other Important Partnerships