The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. 

The Arts Council exists so that artists may make a viable living, arts organizations flourish, and a broad menu of arts programming is available for everyone. We are the support mechanism - the connector, the convener. The results of our efforts enhance the comunity through economic development while enriching the lives of everyone in central Indiana through the power and passion of artistic expression.

The Arts Council oversees and awards funding for artists and arts organizations, and provides marketing, technical and other business-related services to artists and arts organizations throughout central Indiana. The Arts Council is responsible for Public Art Indianapolis - the city’s public art program, and corresponding works and exhibitions; and provides an online database featuring more than 800 artists involved in various disciplines including dance, visual arts, theater, literary arts, music and more.

The Arts Council also offers the region’s most comprehensive and up-to-date calendar of arts exhibitions, performances, and events. With IndyArts.org/Guide, it’s easier than ever for audiences to find and enjoy the artistic programming of their choice.

Need help finding something specific?

If you are looking for something specific and cannot find it on the database, contact the Arts Council’s Artist Services Department for help. The staff can help narrow your search in the database or even send out a Call to Artists or RFP in the Arts Council’s weekly Artist Opportunities E-newsletter. The e-newsletter reaches around 2,100 artists in the region and is a free service for artists and the patrons and businesses seeking to reach them.

The Arts Council is a proud partner and supporter of the Be Indypendent movement which strives to support local artists and all things unique to greater Indianapolis. For more information about supporting local artists and businesses, visit www.BeIndypendent.org.

The searchable artist database is one of many services offered to patrons and artists by the Arts Council. These programs and services are created through partnerships with other organizations such as Primary Colours, Indianapolis Downtown Dealers and Artists Association (IDADA), Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, the Stutz Artists Association and more.

Funding for artist services is provided in part by the generous support of the following organizations: The Levin Living Trust, the Indianapolis Foundation, the Clowes Memorial Fund, the Penrod Society, the Van Riper Woodard Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the artist database or other services for artists, please contact: 

Shannon Linker 
Director of Artist Services 

Disclaimer: The Arts Council of Indianapolis provides this database and website as a service to artist and consumers alike. All information contained within the database and website was provided by the artists. No adjudication or selection process was used to develop this site or the database, and while the Arts Council of Indianapolis makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, it does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information.

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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by German conductor and local violin teacher Ferdinand Schaefer. At first comprised of volunteer musicians who split the revenue from ticket sales, the ISO became a professional orchestra with salaried musicians in 1937. That same year, Fabien Sevitzky – a Russian-born conductor and nephew of famed conductor Serge Koussevitsky – became Music Director of the ISO. Sevitzky’s appointment was highlighted in an April 5, 1937 article in Time magazine, which began, “Of Midwestern orchestras, none has risen so rapidly or so recently as the Indianapolis Symphony.”

Soon after, the ISO blossomed into one of the nation’s most renowned orchestras. Sevitzky worked to promote the ISO through a variety of national radio broadcasts, and his successor, Izler Solomon, ensured the creation of the Clowes Memorial Hall as a venue meant specifically for the ISO. (Until then, the ISO had been performing at the Murat Theater). Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the ISO traveled around the world to perform “Salute” concerts in countries such as Finland, Korea, Japan, Formosa, Portugal, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Austria, Venezuela, Thailand, Greece and Chile – earning the Orchestra a Citation from the Voice of America and the United States Information Agency as well as a letter of commendation from John F. Kennedy – the first ever such commendation from a president to a symphony orchestra.

Solomon’s successor, John Nelson, is associated both with the founding of the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Series in 1982 as well as the Orchestra’s move downtown to the restored venue the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
32 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis , IN 46204-2919 
(317) 639-4300
Website: IndianapolisSymphony.org