The arts are an essential part of our lives. The arts help us connect to one another, improve our quality of life, and create bridges to understanding amongst divergent points of view. The arts are a vital part of our economy and contribute to the individual identies of cities and local neighborhoods.

The purpose of this page is to give you updates on local and national trends in the arts and to give you the tools you need to communicate the importance of the arts in your community. Never miss an opportunity to show your support for the arts. 

UPDATE – July 12, 2017 – via Americans for the Arts: Today, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Committee advanced a bill to provide funding for our nation’s natural and cultural resources, proposing $145 million to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY2018. This is a $5 million cut from current levels and $10 million less than the request supported by a record number of members of Congress this year.

UPDATE – June 17, 2017 – Americans  for the Arts releasesd Arts and Economic Prosperity V, the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit and cultural arts sector in the country. The study finds that the arts have a $166.3 billion annual impact on the US economy. Locally, the arts have an impact of over $440 million annually on the Indianapolis community supporting 14,729 full-time equivelant jobs. This study shows that the arts are not an expendable luxury but a vital part of a healthy economy. Visit Americans for the Arts website to learn how you can use these figures to advocate for public funding for the arts.


UPDATE – May 24, 2017 – President Trump's proposal for fiscal year 2018 was released earlier this week. As expected, it followed his March recommendation of eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Assistance for Arts Education program, and many more vital cultural agencies. This is the first American President in history to propose the complete elimination of this country’s cultural agencies.  

The fate of our cultural agencies are now in the hands of the House and Senate Budget Committees and the coming weeks are critical to show your support. 

Contact your elected officials right now and let them know that you support the arts and believe they are not an expendable luxury but a necessary part of American culture. 

The #SAVEtheNEA campaign continues to go strong to advance the FY2018 message to Congress and the White House. Please consider sending a #SAVEtheNEA message to your Congressional delegation.

Arts as an Economic Driver

According to the Americans for the Arts, Arts & Economic Prosperity V study, the non-profit arts and cultural industry in America generate $166.3 billion dollars annually and employ 4.6 million Americans. These jobs generate $96.07 billion in annual household income and contribute $27.54 billion in Local, State, and Federal governement revenue. While these national numbers are staggering, the impact the arts have on Indianapolis is equally impressive. Here are just a few of the number to know:

$440 Million

In Indianapolis, the non-profit arts sector has an annual economic impact of $440,530,109.


The arts in Indianapolis support 14,729 full-time equivelant jobs and contribute $361,653,000 in annual houshold income.

$47.7 Million

The arts in Indianapolis generate $47,733,000 in annual revenue fo Federal and State government.

Thanks to the Americans for the Arts, we are able to understand the importance of the arts to the American economy. These facts and figures come from the Arts & Economic Prosterity IV study. Visit the AEP5 website to learn more. 

The following arts organizations in central Indiana have received funding from the NEA:

Actors Theatre of Indiana
American Pianists Association
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Arts for Learning
Big Car
Center for the Performing Arts
Dance Kaleidoscope
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
Harrison Center for the Arts
Heartland Film
Indiana Arts Commission
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Indianapolis Children's Choir
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Opera
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Madame Walker Theatre Center
Music for All
Phoenix Theatre

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Indiana Arts Commission