The Tippecanoe County Community Cultural Plan , first initiated in 2009, serves as a road map for strategically integrating the arts into community development. The plan also outlines goals for strengthening the capacity of the county's arts and cultural scene. Tippecanoe Arts Federation leads the implementation of the plan and reports progress through this ARTS IN ACTION newsletter.
The John E. Christian House, SAMARA
In 2018, SAMARA hosted visitors from 41 different states and 18 countries, including tours for Travelrite Australia, several Purdue classes, and Indiana Landmarks' Historic Sites Taskforce.
Haan Museum of Indiana Art
The Haan Museum held its first annual Celebrate Indiana! festival on September 1. The entire event was held in and around the Sculpture Garden, which features native plants and 25 sculptures by Indiana artists. The festival focused on many aspects of Indiana art and culture. Performers included the Jefferson High School jazz band playing works by Indiana composers, youth performances of plays by a local playwright, readings of James Whitcomb Riley poems, and a presentation by Tom Turpin about Indiana’s newly adopted state insect, the Say's Firefly. Clay artist Malcolm Smith unveiled his new sculpture, Li’l Tuffy. Artist Jean Pajot Smith, who created the Li’l Tuffy coloring books, spent the afternoon teaching children drawing techniques. Sculptor Peter Rujuwa demonstrated techniques to create sculptures from rock. Other activities included making butter, learning the hoop and roll game, and search-and find activities along the Sculpture Garden path.
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, City of Lafayette, and Cargill, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation hosted Wabash Walls, a street art event that brought artists from all over the world to Wabash Avenue to beautify and revitalize the neighborhood. Over 15 public art pieces were created along Wabash Avenue with the help of community members, who were able to meet the artists and participate in the paintings. The intersection of art and community built an interactive environment for artists to learn about the place they were effecting change in, and allowed Wabash Avenue citizens to inform and educate visitors about their home. This unique experience continues to contribute to the community and economic development of Wabash Avenue through the increase in visitors, guided tours, and awareness of the area.
Black Cultural Center
The Purdue Black Cultural Center hosted culturally based creative activities for schools and community groups, providing access to quality arts and cultural activities with a special focus on the African American experience. Each session was designed to be culturally significant and provided an interactive activity for participants. Children learned the history of the patchwork quilt and the Underground Railroad, and created their own quilt patch. Youth also learned how to play traditional African drum music using the Djembe drum. This rhythmic class also explored the history of one of West Africa’s best known instruments.
Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering
The Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering is dedicated to keeping traditional and old-time music alive in our community, which depends on engaging and inspiring young people. Last year, they provided banjo and fiddle instruction to teens culminating in a performance at their annual three-day music festival. At the festival, they provided free instructional workshops on voice, performance, and how to form a band – all of which had young adult and teen attendees. They also provided a free children’s concert to introduce young children to traditional songs and instruments. They're looking forward to expanding these services in 2019 by providing additional music classes, increasing the scope of the Children’s Concert, and involving more teens and young adults in the planning and implementation of the festival.
Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performed 2 concerts for over 2,300 fourth and fifth grade students from 8 Indiana counties at Symphony on the Go. This annual education program is presented free of charge to school groups throughout the region to advance music education and promote participation in instrumental music. Lafayette Symphony Orchestra also continued their Prelude Project -- a group formed to foster lasting relationships between younger patrons and the LSO. Members of this group regularly go on to become members of the board of directors and take a variety of leadership roles throughout the arts community.
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
It was an incredible year for TAF's After School Arts Program and ARTReach Instrument Lending Library, with both programs serving a record-breaking number of students. New ASAP classes were added such as Kids in the Kitchen, an interactive cooking class taught by local nutritionist and restaurateur Kirsten Serrano where students learned how to create their own healthy meals, and All the World's a Stage, an acting and improvisation class led by Julie Baumann of the Greater Lafayette Civic Theatre. The ARTReach Instrument Lending Library saw it's highest number of burrowers, specifically from those communities with underfunded arts and extracurricular programs.
Purdue Musical Organizations
Purdue Musical Organizations presented the 85th annual Purdue Christmas Show in the Elliott Hall of Music on December 1 and 2, 2018. As Purdue’s pinnacle production of the year, the Christmas Show is seen live by more than 18,000 people and enjoyed by millions more through radio and television broadcasts on Christmas Day.

The 85th annual Christmas Show celebrated Purdue University’s 150th Anniversary by featuring famous Purdue legends such as John Purdue, Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, and Al Stewart, all while highlighting the talented student performers of Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO). 

The PMO students and staff begin rehearsing in September to bring this annual family tradition to life just in time for Christmas. Visitors travel from all over the world to attend the holiday favorite, including Purdue alumni and first-time visitors to campus. Many say that attending the Christmas Show is the official kickoff for the holiday season!
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
Hosted by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, this year's Art, Bark 'n Brew outdoor event attracted approximately 300 people for crafty art projects such as paw print pictures, bandanna painting, and dog bowl decorating. By expanding their community outreach to attract those with popular interests such as dogs and craft beer, the Art Museum was able to attract an entirely new demographic of adults, students, and families with young children, who were not regular visitors previously. The event is expected to be held annually.
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has made a concerted effort over the last couple years to
broaden their programming. Once known as producing mostly classics and big musicals, they are currently working hard to find innovative ways to reach pockets of our community who have not been represented on stage. One of those ways is through the youth theatre’s Out of the Box program, which caters to youth with disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and physical challenges. The age range for this program is currently limited to 8 to 18, however there are plans to expand programming to include theatre for adults with disabilities in the near future. They are also working on ideas for collaborations with local cultural centers to chart a new course for the only community theatre in the Greater Lafayette neighborhood!
Lafayette Master Chorale
Guided by their mission to promote choral arts in our community, the Lafayette Master Chorale provides performance opportunities to all ages, from those as young as five to senior adults. In 2018, they successfully collaborated with two local arts organizations. The final concert of their 2017-2018 season included Civic Theater members as they honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision for peace. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, they collaborated with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for their opening performance of the 2018-2019 season.

Beyond their concerts, Lafayette Master Chorale offers many informal performances that contribute to strengthening the arts in our community and broadening their audiences. The adult outreach ensemble and Lafayette Children’s Choir have performed at community events and nursing homes, as well as for service and arts groups.
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
At Bravo for the Arts, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation was able to award almost $500,000 in project and operating support grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and North Central Health Services. Over 10 organizations from Tippecanoe County, including the West Lafayette Public Library, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, and the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering, received grants for their events and programs to highlight art and culture resources and experiences in our communities.
About the Tippecanoe Arts Federation
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and arts council for 14 counties. TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved 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 the arts within our region. More information is available at