The Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Grow the Arts
All individuals and communities will experience the vitality of the arts!
Our Mission & Vision
Welcome to Tippecanoe Arts Federation!
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 at-risk 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.
Board of Directors
Donnie Alexander, President
Mark Latta, VP of Sustainability
Nick Schenkel, VP of Education
Sonya Thomas, VP of Engagement
Debra Swick, Treasurer
Stacey Baisden, Secretary
Regional Arts Partnership/Regional Advisory Council
The Regional Arts Partnership is a network of 11 regions of Indiana, developed by the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to enhance the delivery of arts services and to move the decision-making about state and federal arts funding closer to the arts community and the arts consumer. Region 4 is the largest geographical partnership in the state. Serving a population of over 525,000, Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) has proudly served as Region 4 Arts Partner of the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) since 1997.
Regional Advisory Council Members
Wyndham Traxler Carter
TAF Board Rep.
Regional Advisory Council Membership Information
Purpose of the Regional Advisory Council
The Regional Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Arts Partner (RAP) on matters that affect planning, delivery, and evaluation of the four core services: cultural planning, grants making and grants management, information and referral, and technical assistance.
In forming recommendations for the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) board, the advisory council will consider the needs of the region as a whole and the resources of the RAP available to meet those needs. The vision is that arts organizations will have better access to services at the regional level, and individuals will have better access to the arts at the community level.
The council consists of a group of citizens with expertise and interest in the arts, non-profit management, and/or community development. The council is composed of one voting representative from each of the counties in the region. Non-voting members include a TAF Board Member who serves as the Chair of the RAC, the TAF Executive Director and the Director of Regional Services.
Terms of Service
Council members serve three year terms, no more than two consecutive terms.
Duties and Responsibilities
The council members will, at a minimum, carry out the following duties:
• Represent their county’s interests with regard to the general well-being of the arts and culture of the entire fourteen-county region.
• Assist in cultural needs assessment
• Suggest revisions to regional services programs based on needs assessment
• Review and approve grant guidelines, funding formula, and review criteria and process
There will be no fewer than two meetings per year, and no more than six. The council will meet on the 2nd Saturday of each odd-numbered month, or as determined by the Chair. Meetings will be held at TAF or at venues throughout the region, normally from 10 a.m. to noon.
Interested persons may apply to serve as RAC members by completing an application. Click for Application New members will be trained by the Regional Services Director and introduced at the next scheduled RAC meeting.
Directions to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (Wells Community Cultural Center, 638 North Street, Lafayette). It is the large Beaux Arts limestone building with pillars in front facing North St. with parking lot entrance off 6th St.
Coming from the south on I-65:
Take second Lafayette exit to State Road 26. Turn left onto 26 and follow the center lane all the way to intersection with State Road 52. Go straight through intersection and follow 26 through 3 stoplights. At 4th light, turn right. You will come almost immediately to a fork. Take the right fork onto Main Street. Follow Main Street down the hill to where 6th St. crosses. Landmarks will be: McCord’s Candies across the corner on your right. Turn right onto 6th St. Go through intersection to a 4-way stop. Continue ½ block and turn right into parking lot marked “Parking for Tippecanoe Arts Federation.” If lot is full, you may park in the church lot next to ours, or on the streets in the surrounding area. You may enter the building from the parking lot entrance (handicap accessible), or from the front of the building on North St., the entrance with steps and pillars.
Coming from the North on I-65, or if you missed first exit coming from the South.
Take exit 178 (West Lafayette-Brookston) to State Road 43. Turn right onto 43 and follow it all the way into West Lafayette. Watch for overhead sign pointing you left to Lafayette. Turn left and go up a hill onto the “Harrison Bridge” or 231. Immediately after you have crossed the bridge, turn right onto 6th St., at the Village Pantry corner. Go to the 2nd 4-way stop. Continue ½ block and turn left into parking lot marked “Parking for Tippecanoe Arts Federation.” If lot is full, you may park in the church lot next to ours, or on the streets in the surrounding area. You may enter the building from the parking lot entrance (handicap accessible), or from the front of the building on North St., the entrance with steps and pillars.