Tetia Lee, Chief Executive Officer
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
(765) 423-2787

January 20, 2020


Lafayette, Ind.- The Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) has been awarded a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the creation of new public art pieces and related outreach programs. TAF is one of 11 Indiana nonprofit arts organizations that were awarded federal dollars through this cycle of NEA grants totaling $225,000. TAF is the only organization receiving the award from Tippecanoe County.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

Lewis Ricci, Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission, said “We are proud of the breadth and quality of work being done by these arts providers in Indiana and are grateful for the Endowment’s continued investment in our great state.”

Of the NEA grant, TAF Chief Executive Officer Tetia Lee states, “We are so honored to receive this award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s programming being recognized at the national level is humbling. We are proud to be among the NEA’s best of the best.”

TAF’s programs and services are focused on providing equitable accessibility to the arts. TAF has implemented noted public art projects such as Wabash Walls , WHIN Walls , and the REN ART WLK in addition to its regular repertoire of programming: After School Arts Program (ASAP), ARTreach Instrument Lending Library, and Visiting Artist Program (VAP).
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.

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