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July is nearly half over, but our new fiscal year is just beginning.
While this marks the beginning of a new year and a new round of grants for individual artists and for organizations, it also brings a very special anniversary. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Indiana Arts Commission. Whether it be public or private sector, 50 years of service is significant by any measure. In our view, this is far more than simple longevity.
Many of our nation's state arts agencies began their histories at roughly the same time thanks to the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts. Some states, Indiana being one of them, already had some form of council or commission in place dedicated to the interest of the arts. Most of them went on to become agencies of state government, and a few remained independent. Over the years, some have been merged with other agencies and, sadly, one has ceased to exist.
Over the next few months, the Arts Commission will be highlighting what we call the IAC-DNA - the fundamental nature of who we are and what we champion. What are the goals and objectives we strive for, and the core values to which we are committed? What does it really mean to us to have served the citizens of Indiana and their cultural interests for these 50 years? Perhaps just as important is where we want to be in another 50 years?
We have some very exciting things coming up in the next few weeks and we can't wait to share them with all of you who are equally committed to the arts in our state.
All the best,