Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Grow the Arts: Access, Experience, and Opportunity
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and arts council for fourteen Indiana Counties (Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Newton, Montgomery, Pulaski, 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, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of arts.
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 sponsor to many community events and arts groups. The Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as the Region 4 Arts Partner of the Indiana Arts Commission. Through this partnership, TAF provides grants, information and referral services, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations.
TAF believes that:
- Art enlivens experience, fuels creativity, builds understanding of self and community, sharpens the mind, widens perception, challenges assumptions, and nurtures the spirit.
- Art is a public and individual good; experience through exposure and participation benefits all.
- People and communities should all benefit from the arts regardless of their location, origin, culture or economic circumstances.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation works to ensure all individuals and communities experience the vitality of the arts. Moreover, 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. We believe that everyone can benefit from the arts. Reflecting the rich diversity of the communities we serve, the arts we support must embody differences of race, ethnicity, age, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship, immigrant status, and religion.
We believe that every individual, adult or child, should see themselves in the work we do and the arts we support. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment in which different backgrounds, perspectives, neurodiversity, and experiences are heard, valued, and respected. At TAF, we believe that the arts should be accessible to everyone in the 14-county region we serve: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Newton, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White Counties.
At TAF we commit to serve inclusively and with intentionality. We actively seek to partner with organizations that serve communities that have been historically diverse, under-served and socioeconomically isolated. TAF commits to strengthening relationships with stakeholders and communities within the area it serves, recognizing that “communities” extends beyond geographical areas and includes a broad range of diversity as a core part of our mission.
TAF commits to working with artists, organizations and communities, especially those who are marginalized by our society, centering them as the agents of creating the community where everyone can live and thrive–a world where Black Lives Matter and No Body is Disposable. We commit to providing access to the arts to our community members and value the variety of experiences that have formed our community members.
To this end, TAF believes in the importance of developing and utilizing strategies that champion diversity, pursue equity, foster inclusion, and ensure accessibility, especially for those who are underserved. We apply this by holding ourselves accountable through intentionally and continuously reviewing our organizational structure, policies, operational practices, fundraising, programming, and services for equity and diverse representation. Where there is under-representation, we will actively reach out to communities and develop strategies for elevating their voices and cultural representations. We believe that by embracing our differences, we enhance our work, the arts sector, our communities, and the world.
Upcoming Events at Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Past Events at Tippecanoe Arts Federation
FREE – Improv & Acting 101 Workshop & Open Networking!
The IFN Lafayette Hub – Indiana Filmmakers Network meeting for Thursday, August 26th, 6-9pm at Tippecanoe Arts Federation, with our special guest presenter Eric Margerum of Unguarded Acting.
Eric will be covering performance calibration, working for the stage and in front of the camera, developing chemistry and charisma as well as the importance of Improv in an actors training. Actors: be prepared to do some work during the presentation, social distancing will be observed ***
Perfect for anyone who’s always wanted to give acting a try, who wants to brush up on past skills, or who just wants to build confidence, have fun and meet people. Also, IFN president Nathan Bechtold, will take you through the basics of Improv for use in everyday life, with a few laughs along the way!
Discussing topics such as – Presence, Where, Character, Relationships, Story and Text – with lots of fun games and group exercises to stimulate imagination and spontaneity and to get individuals comfortable, before moving into pairs for possible scene work.
By the end, you should have an idea of what to expect if you were cast in a play or film, and have tools to bring your own creativity to bear on the work.
Please like, share, and invite others. Thank you!
*** Due to COVID, we understand that many individuals may prefer wearing masks and social distancing, listening and not participating, etc. We highly encourage you to be vaccinated upon attending, there will also be masks and sanitizer available. IFN has been told we can resume in-person events by the CDC.
All events may be canceled at anytime.
Thank you to Tippecanoe Arts Federation for hosting and partnering with us.
There is absolutely no charge and meetings are always open to the public. Our gatherings are open to all those who wish to participate: Actors, Models, Writers, Directors, Cinematographers, Artists, Photographers, Musicians, Make-up & Hair, Design, Fashion, etc. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.
IFN meetings are always free and open to the public. Please like, share, and Invite others. Thank you!
For more information about the IFN (Indiana Filmmakers Network): http://www.indianafilmmakers.org/
Tags: Indiana Filmmaker’s Network, Improv & Acting 101 Workshop & Open Networking, nonprofit, art