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!

Each year Columbus Area Arts Council produces and supports engaging arts programming in Columbus. Annual community favorites such as Johnson-Witkemper’s Biggest Block Party Ever and JCB NeighborFEST return. In 2014, we brought you the first Live on the Plaza concert on the newly renovated Library Plaza featuring world-renowned Black Violin.

In early summer, a new permanent sculpture by Martin Beach, commissioned in part by the Arts Council, was unveiled. This will serve as the kick off to the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial. You can now find eight new large-scale pieces of public art while walking around 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!

Formed in 1972 as the Driftwood Valley Arts Council and renamed Columbus Area Arts Council in 1989, the Arts Council is a public, non-profit corporation supported by private donations, the City of Columbus, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Who We Are The Columbus Area Arts Council (the Arts Council) is a nonprofit corporation in the heart of Columbus, Indiana. Since 1972, the Arts Council has been a cornerstone for cultural development in our community:

  • Partnering with the City of Columbus to ensure that the arts are available to every member of the community
  • Building awareness of and advocating for the arts as an integral component for a well-rounded education, an informed workforce, and an engaged citizenry
  • Introducing young audiences to live performances
  • Bringing high caliber public art to Columbus and fostering the connection between artists and industry
  • Using art as a tool for healing through special projects with youth and adults
  • Serving as fiscal agent for local arts and cultural entities
  • Bringing national and international performers to Columbus
  • Partnering with the State of Indiana as a Regional Arts Partner distributing public funds and providing services to arts and cultural organizations within the nine county area known as Region 9


Why We Exist We enhance the quality of life in the community—stimulating community interest in art, fostering creation and inquiry throughout Columbus, and leading a vibrant arts culture tied to our unique history.

What We Dream The Arts Council looks forward to a future in which art—in all forms—is a valued part of everyday life in Columbus, and the community expects the unexpected/unforgettable from its art. Specifically:

  • The City of Columbus will benefit from the arts as a tool for economic development and use the Arts Council is a key partner in achieving its goals.
  • All of Columbus will have access to participate in art
  • Artists will not only be a valued part of the community, but they will be a visible part of Columbus through live/work space.
  • The Arts Council will continue its history of ensuring that Columbus has a growing portfolio of world-class public art to enjoy, interact and live with.


What We Believe We believe:

  • Art is more than the visual arts, more than music, theater, or poetry.
  • Art should be all around us, not just in museums and performance halls.
  • Art should entertain, inspire and challenge us.
  • Anyone can express himself or herself through art.


What We Do The Columbus Area Arts Council enhances the quality of life in the community—stimulating community interest in art, fostering creation throughout Columbus, and leading a vibrant arts environment tied to our unique history.

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