Grow the Arts: Access, Experience, and Opportunity
The Arts Federation (TAF) is the umbrella organization and arts council for fourteen Indiana Counties (Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Newton, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White). TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved communities and youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region-wide. Established in 1976, TAF serves as the model for arts advocacy and demonstrates best practices to peer organizations statewide.
The Wells Community Cultural Center, located at 638 North Street in the Arts & Market Cultural District of Downtown Lafayette, is the home of TAF. The Wells Building offers three galleries, the Wells Reception Hall, meeting rooms, rehearsal rooms, and performance space. TAF is host and presenter to many community events and arts groups. TAF serves as the Region 4 Arts Partner of the Indiana Arts Commission. Through this partnership, TAF provides grants, information and referral services, cultural needs assessment, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations.
People and communities should all benefit from the arts regardless of their location, origin, culture or economic circumstances.
Art enlivens experience, fuels creativity, builds understanding, sharpens minds, widens perception, challenges assumption, and nurtures spirits.
Art is a public and individual good; experience through exposure and participation benefits all.
TAF is Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Arts Federation works to ensure all individuals and communities experience the vitality of the arts. We recognize that many existing systems of power grant privilege and access to the arts unequally. Equity is crucial to the long-term viability of both the arts and our communities. The arts we support reflect the rich diversity of race, ethnicity, age, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship, immigrant status, and religion. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment where different backgrounds, perspectives, neurodiversity, and experiences are heard, valued, and respected. The work we do makes the arts accessible to everyone in the 14-county region.
TAF is committed to strengthening relationships with artists, organizations and stakeholders. We do this by holding ourselves accountable through intentionally and continuously reviewing our organizational structure, policies, operational practices, fundraising, programming and services for diverse representation. We believe that by embracing our differences, we enhance our work, the arts sector, our communities, and the world.