The Arts Place, Inc.
board of directors conducted an 18-month
cultural needs assessment and planning that
culminated in a new regional strategic cultural
plan for the organization, its service area and
the residents of this region. This plan covers
the period 2010 to 2015 and was adopted after an
extensive effort to gain public involvement.
Click here to view the 2010-15 Strategic Plan.
Arts Place has developed a number of services
for artists, cultural organizations, and the
general public in East Central Indiana and West
Central Ohio. Our primary service area includes
Auglaize and Mercer Counties in Ohio and Adams,
Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay,
Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne
Counties in Indiana.
Please Note: Arts Place withdrew as of June 30,
2011 from its relationship as a Regional Arts
Partner to the
Indiana Arts Commission. Please contact
that agency directly for information its grants
making program and other services.
Arts Place’s Public Information services include
several websites (including this one) and online
publications. These include the following:
Launched in 2000, IndianaArts.org
is the state’s only centralized online arts
information resource. The website includes an
events calendar, as well as registries of
artists and cultural organizations in Indiana.
The site allows artists and organizations to
aggregate content from IndianaArts.org to their
own web sites through the Arts Connection Engine
(ACE) feature. Those looking for job
opportunities for the arts in Indiana can make
use of the site’s Gig Alert. Those seeking
artists to provide services can utilize the
Classified Ad tool. While owned and operated by
Arts Place, the service is collaboration amongst
a number of arts organizations around the
state. To see for yourself, visit
is being developed as a mirror site to
IndianaArts.org. The current focus of the
website is on West Central Ohio.
The Main Artery
and The Arts Connection are
regular online publications of Arts Place.
The Main Artery features articles on
cultural events in East Central Indiana and West
Central Ohio, as well as editorials and reports
on cultural issues of interest to the region.
The Arts Connection focuses on events and
programs provided or hosted by Arts Place.
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Services to Artists and Organizations
Arts Place provides technical assistance to
artists and cultural organizations.
Organizations can receive advice and materials
on board development, strategic planning,
budgeting, facility development and management,
fund raising, and marketing. These services are
provided through individual consultations, as
well as workshops and conferences. A major
project of Arts Place is the Beauty in
Small Places conference, which is
designed to celebrate the arts in rural and
small communities. First held in May of 2011,
the next BSP conference is scheduled for April
Workshops are also offered for artists on
marketing, portfolio development and other
skills that support career development for
artists in the region. For more information on
all of these services,
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Cultural Needs Assessment
Arts Place periodically conducts studies, focus
groups, and surveys to determine consumer
interests and artist and arts provider
organization needs. The current services were
developed and refined based on studies conducted
in 2009. For more information on the services of
Arts Place, contact Eric Rogers, Executive
or call us at (260) 726-4809.
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