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Across all the arts and at all levels, Hoosiers enjoy and participate in the arts. Artists with roots in Indiana have enriched the cultural life of the U.S. and, indeed the world. The following information gives a glimpse into the impact the arts have had on the health and vitality of our state.

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Cultural Tourism and Economic Impact

  • Two-thirds (65 percent) of American adult travelers say they included a cultural, arts, heritage, or historic activity or event while on a trip of 50 miles or more, one-way, in the past year.  This equates to 92.7 million cultural travelers.  Read More
  • The nonprofit arts, unlike most industries, leverage significant amounts of event-related spending by their audiences. Attendance at arts events generates related commerce for hotels, restaurants, parking garages, and more. Read More
  • When community leaders fund the arts, they not only enhance our quality of life, but also invest in our economic well-being. Read More
  • The arts play a significant role in Indiana's economic development. From major cities like Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, to towns such as Lafayette and Rising Sun, the arts are a foundation of economic development, community revitalization, historic preservation and cultural tourism.

Youth and Arts Education

  • Studies by the U.S. Department of Justice researchers demonstrate increased pro-social behavior among youth involved with arts programs. Read More
  • Students who participate in the arts, both in school and after school, demonstrate improved academic performance and lower dropout rates. Read More
  • Students with four years of high school arts classes have higher SAT scores than students with one-half year or less. Read More


  • More than 300 community-based arts organizations and arts programming providers annually seek funding support from the IAC and its Regional Arts Partners. In most cases, for every dollar the Indiana Arts Commission grants to organizations, at least one dollar is matched by the local grant recipient.
  • Each year, an estimated $88 million is generated in Indiana communities to match IAC grant funds, stimulating the state's economy through jobs, services, purchases of materials, and other expenditures related to arts events and activities.
  • Over 80% of the IAC budget appropriation is returned to Hoosiers through direct and indirect grants. 3% is distributed through services such as technical assistance and information referral.

Arts Advocacy Reports and Statistics

Indiana Arts Commission's Biennial Report (FY2013-2014)
Attendance at Indiana Arts Commission supported programs and organizations topped nine million, approximately one and a half times the population of our state. 

Indiana Arts Commission's Biennial Report (FY2011 - 2012)
Nearly 53,000 Hoosiers were employed full-time in arts-related jobs during FY2012.

Indiana Arts Commission's Biennial Report (FY2009 - 2010)            
80% of the Arts Commission's annual budget is directed into grants and programs.

Indiana Nonprofit Capacity Assessment: Indiana's Arts and Culture Organizations In 2008, the Indiana Arts Commission enlisted researchers at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University to implement a survey to better understand the capacity building and technical assistance needs of Indiana arts and culture organizations. The full report can be found on SPEA's website here.

Americans for the Arts Creative Industries Report 
The 2012 survey concluded there were a total of 13,570 arts-related businesses in Indiana, employing an estimated 52,813 people as of January 2012. This figure represents an increase of 3,955 arts-related Indiana businesses since January 2010, and an increase of 3,926 full-time jobs during the same period.

Arts Action Fund - Congressional Arts Report Card

Indiana Counties Population and Economy Statistics

Indiana was highlighted in a report by the National Governors Association in April 2012 on how states can use arts, culture and design as a means to enhance economic growth. Click here to download a PDF of the report.