Arts Council of Indianapolis


The Arts Council of Indianapolis is dedicated to helping arts researchers, advocates, administrators, patrons and the general community, gain access to the most current information on research regarding arts policy and practice. The Arts Council leads and participates in local, regional, and national studies on the impact of the arts, economic growth, developing future audiences, and much more. Some of the most recent Arts Council research projects are below.

Economic Impact Study 2010

Economic Impact Study 2010


Findings from the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States provide compelling evidence that nonprofit arts organizations generate valuable economic activity in communities across the country. The study is conducted every five years in communities throughout the United States by Americans for the Arts.

Developing Next Generation Arts Audiences

Indianapolis' arts organizations continue to grapple with the challenge of developing younger audiences. This is a national issue that arts communities and cities continue to address. With the support of Lilly Endowment, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Next Generation Consulting (NGC) collaborated on a dynamic project to:

  • Discover the best programming, formatting, and marketing to attract and engage patrons aged 40 and under to the arts
  • Introduce local arts professionals to younger patrons and programming by involving them in the field research component of the project.