Indiana Arts Commission ‘Shows Art the Money’!

indiana-arts-commissionMore than 40 years ago, Hoosiers demanded artistic involvement in their communities. What began in Indianapolis in 1964 as the Governor’s Commission on the Arts has turned into the Indiana Arts Commission, providing more public art, better access to art, advanced quality in Indianapolis art education and financial support for local artists.

The Indiana Arts Commission was formed to protect and advocate for Indiana art, and has been enhancing Indianapolis culture and artistic flare ever since. The Indiana Arts Commission encourages and enables all Hoosiers to express themselves through creating or experiencing unique, educational and inspirational art. Enjoyment of the arts can enhance one’s sense of well-being, while also stimulating Hoosier minds. The Indiana Arts Commission serves the people of Indiana through funding, endowments and grants for Indiana art activities and organizations.

Touching the lives of countless young people, especially Indianapolis kids, the Indiana Arts Commission started a grant program called Arts in Education. Beginning with Indianapolis art education, and spreading through the state, the program matches local artists with school art programs to develop colorful and exciting art projects. Teaching children about art in elementary and secondary schools allows students to develop a lifelong relationship with the arts. All children in the Indianapolis education system are exposed to art history, crafts, painting, music and several other art forms. Arts in Education also helps financially assist art programs and teachers, finding the perfect curriculum and art supplies to fit their students’ needs.

Each year the Indiana Arts Commission funds hundreds of art-related efforts and venues throughout the state. Several museums receive funding from the Indiana Arts Commission, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Some music organizations supported by the Indiana Arts Commission include the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Opera, Indiana Music Educators Association and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Commission is also involved with Indianapolis theater, funding Clowes Memorial Hall and the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Many projects at the Indianapolis Art Center were partially sponsored by the Indiana Arts Commission, including the beautiful twelve acre open air Artspark, located in Broad Ripple Village, just along the scenic Monon Trail. In order to fund such a high volume of arts-related groups and organizations, the Indiana Arts Commission works closely with the National Endowment for the Arts to coordinate fundraisers and promote events.

Many Indiana vehicles bear license plates that read “Celebrate the Arts.” These are called Arts Trust plates, and are available at all Indiana BMVs. They are decorated with flashy red, yellow and blue paint, done by Pat Starzynski in 1999. The painting shows Each Arts Trust plate purchase secures a $25 donation to the Indiana Arts Commission. All money donated from the plates goes into the Cultural Trust Fund, which has been working to financially secure Hoosier art culture for years.

If you’re a supporter of local arts, or if you simply enjoy artistic spaces, the Indiana Arts Commission is on your side. They have been standing behind Hoosier artists and other art related efforts for many years.

Indiana Arts Commission
150 W Market St, Suite 618
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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