Arts Council of Indianapolis


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.

By now, you have probably heard that President Trump has submitted his budget that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts has supported arts organizations of all sizes and artistic disciplines here in central Indiana funding quality arts programs, exhibitions, festivals, educational experiences, and performances that have educated our youth, enhanced our communities, and touched our lives.  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

The time is now to let your voice be heard as a strong advocate for the arts in our community and our nation! As supporters of the arts, we understand the value of the arts in our cities, our neighborhoods, and our schools. We now need to make sure our legislators understand as well. Please reach out to your congressional representatives and let them know that the arts are important and that federal funding of the arts is absolutely essential to keep the arts thriving in Indianapolis. A phone call to your representative is the most powerful and direct way to make your voice be heard. Find your representatives here. You can also become an Arts Action Fund member (for free) by signing the national petition to the President to support the arts in America (click here to sign the petition).

Every voice is important. Sign the petition, contact your legislators, mobilize your friends, and get involved.





Americans for the Arts Action Fund

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

National Endowment for the Arts  

National Endowment for the Humanities