Every two years, the Arts Council staff creates and releases a report outlining the activity and successes of Arts Council programs and the major milestones for the organization and the Indianapolis arts community. The most recent report, New Directions, is for 2010 and 2011. You can view and download the report below, or pick up a copy at the Arts Council office.
In 2010, new directions came both literally and figuratively to the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The Arts Council began the year with its new president & CEO, Dave Lawrence, at the helm. Later that spring, the board and staff unveiled a new vision and mission statement, as well as a bold new strategic plan that would guide the work of the Arts Council through 2012. In May, the Arts Council moved its headquarters one mile north from Monument Circle to the historic Saint Joseph Neighborhood; with new space, and an exciting venture: Gallery 924. New ideas and new directions would become the hallmark of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
"Let's Paint the Town," the theme for the 2011 Start with Art luncheon, was not only the perfect way to capture the excitement of the annual event, but also a fitting title for the work of the Arts Council throughout 2011. The Arts Council literally painted the town as part of the new citywide public art initiative, 46 for XLVI. In partnership with the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, the Arts Council created and launched a new marketing campaign that included thousands of green foam fingers decorating the city in celebration of the arts. The foam fingers served as a fun and colorful way to point to all the super choices in the arts around central Indiana. The celebration in 2011 continued with the announcement and launch of the seventh round of the nationally recognized Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. As the city prepared to welcome the world for Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, the Arts Council was actively engaged in citywide planning and preparation, ensuring that the arts would be front and center.