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Columbus Area Arts Council

The Columbus Area Arts Council promotes growth in the arts to educate and enrich the cultural environment of Bartholomew County and Region 9.


Communities can really no longer think of the arts as a nice extra. The arts are a critical component in the long term viability of our community. –Arthur Smith, Marketing & Media Director

The mission of the Columbus Area Arts Council ” is to provide visionary leadership in the arts. The Arts Council fosters, supports, and promotes growth in the arts that educate and enrich the cultural environment of Bartholomew County and Region 9.”

“We’re in a great position to provide necessary leadership…to further the economic development potential for the arts,” says Smith.

The Arts Council advocates for the arts, helps other organizations promote events, and organizes events of its own to promote the arts in Region 9. The Arts Council also serves as the regional arts partner of the Indiana Arts Commission, which means they serve as grantors to arts organizations within their 9-county region.

Region 9 consists of a nine-county area: Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties.

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Columbus Area Arts Council

300 Washington Street
Columbus, Indiana 47201

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