Julie Goodman, President & CEO
B.A. in Communication, minor in music
Julie is responsible for the implementation of ACI’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 specifically leads stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and resource development required to advance ACI’s mission of fostering meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.
(317) 631-3301 ext. 222
Provenance: Indianapolis, IN
Current neighborhood: Zionsville, IN
First Job: Babysitting and teaching swim lessons; first professional job - public relations intern with Burson-Marsteller in New York City
If I weren't an arts administrator, I would be: An arts educator.
Inspiration: Powerful human stories well told across all media.
Reading: New York Times, Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek, and nightly bedtime stories with my daughter.
Listening to: WFYI-FM/NPR and various podcasts.
Zen Moment: Walking my dog (sweetest black Lab on earth) early in the morning or late at night.
Current Project: Listening and learning everything I can about the Arts Council, the arts organizations and artists we exist to serve, and the visionary funding partners and community collaborators who make our work possible.
Dream Project: This is my dream job, so every collaboration is a dream project!
What artist/musician (living or deceased) would you like to have dinner with and where would you take them? Ella Fitzgerald at The Jazz Kitchen and Stephen Sondheim at The Cabaret.
Love about the Indy arts scene: The diversity of our arts and cultural institutions combined with our community’s collective commitment to arts education. The experiences I had with our arts and cultural organizations growing up in Indy are the reason I’m in this role today.
When you are not out crusading for the arts, where can we find you? Watching my daughter dance, catching a glimpse of my son running track or cross country, and going out to enjoy local live music with my husband and friends.
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