Indiana Arts Commission

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life. The IAC encourages the presence of the arts in communities of all sizes while promoting artistic quality and expression.  The IAC advocates arts development opportunities across the state, and stewards effective use of public and private resources for the arts. It stimulates public interest in, and participation with, Indiana’s diverse arts resources and cultural heritage. The IAC works to enhance public awareness of the arts, life-long learning opportunities, and arts education programs. Governed by a 15-member board of gubernatorial appointees, the IAC serves all citizens and regions of the state.

Our Mission
To positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our State’s citizens and communities.

Our Vision
The arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.

Our Values

  • The benefit of our activity is public, belonging to every individual citizen as we champion arts organizations, providers, and artists in our state.
  • Our activities will be transparent, fair, and ethical.
  • Our programs and processes will have public ownership and will build community.

The Indiana Arts Commission seeks to serve as a connecting agent, convener, resource and information provider, and partner to celebrate and develop creative aging opportunities for all.

The IAC recently developed a relationship with the Indiana State Health Department who is currently operating two exciting and distinct creative aging initiatives:

  • Expressive Arts in Long Term Care
  • Music First Project

The Expressive Arts in Long Term Care project educates long term care professionals in best practices for using visual art, dance, drama, music, writing/memoir in individual and group settings for residents living in long term care facilities.   When space allows, artists and arts practitioners are also invited to participate in the workshop series, enabling them to expand their professional capacity to serve this growing audience. (Adapted from the program webpage)

The Music First project is an extensive research project developed to demonstrate the validity of music as a non-pharmacological intervention for patients with dementia.  Butler music professor Tim Brimmer says the idea is to use a more personalized music set instead of relying on pharmaceuticals.  “What we’re interested in is when they’re in the time that they are most susceptible can we play the perfect songs to match their memories,” Brimmer says. 

Studies have shown music can shift mood, manage stressful situations, stimulate positive interactions, help cognitive function and experts agree music therapy is more effective when it’s personal. (Adapted from the following resources: Music and Memory, The Power of Personalized Playlists for Dementia Patients and


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