Indiana Arts Homecoming

Homecoming photo collage

2017 marked the Indiana Arts Commission’s launch of an ambitious and collaborative annual convening of Indiana’s statewide arts community: artists, arts organizations, arts educators and arts supporters. This year’s focus area, “Community Engagement: Ideas, Stories and Change That Matters” highlighted the importance of art-inspired community engagement; how it informs our work as practitioners, educators and advocates, and supports the building of transformative relationships in our communities.

Attendees connected with peers and built new connections; gained new skills for engaging their local communities and celebrated Hoosier arts innovation and its impact all over the state

Here’s who was there:

  • 300 attendees from 43 counties
  • 58 presenters from across the state and Midwest - including mayors, economic and community development professionals, educators, researchers, and arts practitioners.

And what they thought:

  • 97% said “would recommend”
  • 94% said it was an effective learning opportunity

“Loved the event and felt like it was a great introduction to Indiana arts as a new member of the
arts leadership community.”

“Excited about community engagement and starting more conversations.”

“Small communities are making significant change in the arts throughout the state!”

View the 2017 Conference Program
View 2017 Conference Photos on Facebook

In the Press

The Indiana Arts Homecoming Scholarship Program

Support by the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) allowed the IAC to offer scholarships which included conference registration, travel and accommodations ensuring access for a more diverse community of arts practitioners.

  • 21 scholarships were awarded, representing 19 counties
  • In five counties, the scholarship recipient was the sole attendee from that county.

In addition, the IAC awarded a $2,500 “InstaGrant” at the convening, to support and encourage ongoing exemplary community engagement. The recipient, from the Charles L. Smith Fine Arts Academy, Martinsville, was a scholarship recipient and the sole representative from Morgan County.

Sponsor logos, NEA, IAC, CICF, IU Herron