Columbus Area Arts Council fosters a creative community by supporting the growth of the arts in the Columbus (IN) area.

Help support the thriving arts culture that Columbus celebrates!

The Arts Council is preparing for another exciting year of arts programming in Columbus. Community favorites such as Johnson-Witkemper’s Biggest Block Party Ever and JCB NeighborFEST will return along with a one-of-a-kind concert on the newly renovated Library Plaza featuring world-renowned Black Violin that you won’t want to miss!

In late spring, a new permanent sculpture by Martin Beach, commissioned in part by the Arts Council, will be unveiled. This will serve as the kick off to the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial, which will bring eight large-scale pieces of public art to the heart of the Columbus Arts District.

And what summer in Columbus would be complete without our annual Meltdown, featuring glass forming workshops and an open iron pour?

We are happy to bring this high level of arts programming to our community, but we can’t do it without your support. Whether you donated three years ago or three months ago, ask yourself “Have I enjoyed an event, or benefited from the work, of the Columbus Area Arts Council?” If so, please show your support with an online contribution and help keep the arts alive in Columbus!

Our Mission The mission of the Columbus Area Arts Council is to provide visionary leadership in the arts. We foster, support, and promote growth in the arts that educate and enrich the cultural environment of Bartholomew County.

The arts are the foundation of a creative community that includes every person at every facet of society. Columbus has a rich history with the arts. They help to engage, educate, and strengthen our community. They uniquely set us apart from other rural communities our size, shaping our physical and social character. As funding for the arts is cut, so too is the Arts Council's potential to build on this historical foundation. By supporting the arts, you are supporting a vibrant future for generations to come.

Our Purpose

  • Serve as the backbone support organization for the Columbus Arts District
  • Promote Columbus as a regional arts center
  • Market the arts as a catalyst for economic development
  • Plan and implement arts-related events in downtown Columbus and the greater community
  • Provide grants and services for arts-related organizations
  • Serve as the Indiana Arts Commission's Region 9 Regional Arts Partner

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