State Cultural Commissions share resources and enhance service

Indianapolis, Ind—Under a new law, which went into effect on July 1st, the State of Indiana’s six cultural commissions are now under one roof. The reorganization plan, which calls for greater synergy and collaboration amongst the commissions, involves the sharing of office space and administrative support staff.

“I want to make it clear that we are still six independent commissions,” said Indiana Civil Rights Commission Executive Director Jamal L. Smith, who has overseen the reorganization effort. “This is a great opportunity for us to share resources and better serve our targeted demographics without sacrificing autonomy.”

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the largest of the six agencies involved in the reorganization, proposed the plan to the general assembly earlier this year in an effort to improve efficiency while at the same time reducing the need for general fund expenditures in support of agency operations during a time of decreased state spending.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, the Indiana Commission for Women, the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, the Native American/Indian Affairs Commission, and the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs have joined the Indiana Civil Rights Commission at the Indiana Government Center North building beginning on July 1.

“Financial responsibility is something this administration will be forever known for,” added Smith. “Ensuring the most efficient and effective ways to use public money is what we strive for.”

Full implementation of the reorganization effort will take place of the next several months. It’s important to note that each of the six agencies will continue to receive separate appropriations from the Governor’s office and are required to meet annual performance metrics.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides quality education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana.