Creative life for all.

Indy Arts Council believes every resident of Indianapolis should experience arts and culture in a way that nourishes and inspires them. This vision “A Creative Life for All”  is central to the work we do to support artists and nonprofit organizations.

People of Culture
About Us

Indy Arts Council is central Indiana’s leading arts advocacy and services agency.

About Us

WHO WE ARE

INDY ARTS COUNCIL advocates for community funding and support necessary for a thriving arts scene. We are constantly pursuing and promoting ideas and programs to serve artists,  arts organizations, and the community. And we connect artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and organizations with opportunities to explore and expand central Indiana’s creative vitality.

Indy Arts Council owns and operates two performance and exhibition spaces, the Indianapolis Artsgarden and Gallery 924.

Our online initiative Explore Indy Arts provides a comprehensive arts calendar featuring thousands of events, performances, and exhibitions throughout central Indiana.

These numbers are part of our 2022 annual report.

  • $2.8
    invested to support more than 100 arts & culture organizations
  • $1M
    invested in the careers of 567 individual artists
  • 52%
    of funding supported BIPOC artists

Leading

We launched #IndyKeepsCreating during the pandemic and raised $16 million for artists and arts organizations, and when the recession closed galleries, we opened Gallery 924.

Empowering

More than 500 artists and performers have received Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship grants since 1999 to travel, explore, and recharge.

Nurturing

Since 1996, the Art & Soul festival has helped launch the careers of Black emerging artists, and we established the Arts Journalism Fellowship Program to increase local arts and culture coverage.

Funding

Since 1987, we have administered the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program, and in 2023, a record 85 orgs received funding to support programs, exhibitions and activities.

Playing

Swish welcomed basketball fans with 600+ central Indiana artists and performers during the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Our people make it happen.

  • Julie Goodman

    President & CEO
    she/her
  • Kavita Mahoney

    Vice President
    she/her
  • Julia Muney Moore

    Director of Public Art
    she/her
  • Rochelle Jerry

    Director of Development
    she/her
  • Mike Prusa

    Indianapolis Artsgarden Director
    he/him
  • Nikki Kirk

    Director of Community Impact & Strategic Investment
    she/her
  • Melissa Rowe

    Director of Marketing & Communications
    she/her
  • Lauren Gendron

    Director of Finance & Administration
    she/her
  • Kate Oberreich

    Artist Engagement Manager
    she/her
  • Jeff Mountjoy

    Indianapolis Artsgarden Production Manager
    he/him
  • Alexis Sanford

    Indianapolis Artsgarden Production & Event Coordinator
    she/her
  • Zachary Patterson

    Research & Evaluation Manager
    he/him
  • Anna Tragesser

    Program Manager
    she/her
  • Chelsea Reynowsky

    Digital Marketing Coordinator
    she/they
  • Amelia Bienz

    Executive Assistant & Office Manager
    she/her

Meet our President & CEO

Julie Goodman

Julie Goodman

President & CEO
she/her

Julie is responsible for the implementation of Indy Arts Council’s strategic plan, organizational administration, and programming priorities including grants and fellowships, services and support for artists and arts organizations, the city’s public art program, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Gallery 924, the Indy Arts Guide, and Any Given Child in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. As president and CEO, Julie leads stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and resource development required to advance the Art Council’s mission.

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VOICES ON CREATIVITY

"Creatives provide inspiration, hope and thought to their community."

– Gary Gee

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VOICES ON CREATIVITY

I find freedom in my creativity. The results of my experimentation bring me joy.

– Rosa Maria C. Díes

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VOICES ON CREATIVITY

There is a lot of beauty to be found in creativity not just as personal expression but as cultural expression.

– Jody Galadriel Friend

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VOICES ON CREATIVITY

I love creating here. You can't fall in love with a city until you touch every facet of it and creativity allows me to do just that.

– Oreo Jones

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VOICES ON CREATIVITY

Every one of us has the capacity to create and it allows us to dare to dream.

– LaKesha Lorene

INDY ARTS COUNCIL BOARD

Executive Committee

  • Brenda Horn, Chair
    Community Volunteer
  • Tanya Stuart Overdorf, Immediate Past Chair
    President, Tanya S. Overdorf, P.C
  • Karen Alter, Vice Chair
    Principal, Borshoff
  • Karen Kennelly, Treasurer
    Owner & President, k-squared
  • Jason Noyan, Secretary
    Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Julie Goodman
    President & CEO, Indy Arts Council

INDY ARTS COUNCIL BOARD

Board of Directors

  • Brooke Barnett, Ph.D.
    Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Butler University
  • Deseri Garcia
    President, Vida Aventura
  • Sarah Hempstead
    Principal, Schmidt Associates
  • Michael Hulka
    Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Aleesia Johnson
    Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Monika Mala
    Chief Operating Officer, Foster Success
  • Shawn Mulholland
    Vice President, Corporate Development, Shiel Sexton
  • David Nie
    Partner, Ice Miller LLP
  • Jill Hauser Robisch
    First Vice President & Manager, Nonprofit Services Division, The National Bank of Indianapolis
  • Adrienne Sims
    Chief Human Resources Officer, Indiana University Health
  • Patrick Talty
    President, Indiana Sports Corp.
  • Greg Wallis
    Virtual CFO, Anders CPAs + Advisors

INDY ARTS COUNCIL BOARD

Board of Advisors

  • Dan Appel
    Gregory & Appel Insurance
  • Frank Basile
    Community Volunteer
  • Bryce Bennett
    Community Volunteer
  • Barbara Branic
    Community Volunteer
  • Adam Chavers
    Senior Vice President, Browning Investments
  • Ted A. Givens
    President, TAG Consulting, LLC
  • Michael Huber
    VP, University Relations, Indiana University
  • Stan Hurt
    Community Volunteer
  • Erik Johnson
    Community Volunteer
  • Krista Skidmore
    President and Co-Founder, FlashPoint
  • Mark Varnau
    Community Volunteer
  • Susan Williams
    Community Volunteer

Featured Program: Art & Soul

Art & Soul is an annual festival featuring public events that celebrate Black visual art, music, dance, and literature.

Explore Our Programs

Visual artist, Jamichael Kyng Pollard.

Let us help!

We anticipate you may have questions about our new site.

Where do I find Artist Opportunities?

Artist Opportunities will be coming soon to the Opportunities page. In the meantime, be sure you’re signed up for the regularly shared Artist Opportunities newsletter!

Artist Opportunities
How can I find out about events in town?

Events in town are found in a couple of ways!

Looking for upcoming art and culture events of all types? Be sure to use the Explore tool for a full calendar of what’s happening in Indy.

Heading to a new neighborhood or curious about what is happening in your backyard? Coming soon, we will have Neighborhood Guides written by our city’s very own creative minds to offer tidbits for not-to-miss places all around the city.

Where do I add my name to the Artist Directory?

Are you an artist or creative in Indy? Be sure you are included in the Artist Directory!

Instructions will be coming soon and can also be found on the Artist Directory page.

How do I connect with someone at your organization?

Our team is found on the About Us page and you can specify who you would like to speak with through our Connect form.

Connect
I'm looking for information about the Artsgarden?

Looking to book the Artsgarden for your event or wondering what is happening there soon?

Our refreshed Artsgarden page has all of the information and contact forms you need.

The Artsgarden
What is coming up at Gallery 924?

Follow along on all Gallery 924 happenings on our Spaces page!

Spaces

Commitments

  • Equity Statement

  • Land Acknowledgment

Equity Statement

Indy Arts Council is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

We see a robust and successful arts and cultural community as a city where:

  • All artists, creative workers, audiences, and students have full access to the robust creative arts resources of our community and in which their varied histories, voices, and life experiences are honored.
  • Equitable access to arts funding and programs for all arts organizations and artists is expected and delivered.
  • Funding and programs unite arts organizations and artists with diverse populations in our community to nurture a community where every resident sees themselves as belonging, learning, and participating in the arts sector.

We believe these closely held tenets will sustain “A Creative Life for All”.

Land Acknowledgment

Indy Arts Council acknowledges that our offices, Gallery 924, and the Indianapolis Artsgarden are located on the traditional homelands of Native people who were removed unjustly and that we and those in our community are the beneficiaries of that removal. The land on which we operate and gather is the occupied and contested territory of the Miami, Potawatomi, the Delaware, the Shawnee, the Peoria, and the Kickapoo Nations.

We recognize that our privilege of working and serving communities on this land is only possible through the losses endured by these Indigenous tribes, many of whom still have a strong and enduring presence here in Indiana. We strive to honor the land they have stewarded for generations by cultivating “A Creative Life for All”.

We also recognize our responsibility to uplift Indigenous artists, voices, and communities to create a space where everyone’s histories and experiences are heard and respected.

Nurture the arts!

Every day, creatives in Indy are boldly putting on performances, exhibits, commissions, and workshops.

Support their work!