In 2018 the Indiana Art Commission conducted an in-depth state field scan to understand and benchmark where the arts community is in their IDEA related work. A broad overview of our results will ground this discussion of challenges around this work and identify effective strategies for moving forward

In this session you will:

  • Learn how the IAC is defining IDEA.

  • Learn strategies for moving their IDEA work forward.

  • Understand what the IAC learned through their process and how they're applying that knowledge going forward.

Presented by:


Quinton Stroud
Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy Studies
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana


Quinton is a third year doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in educational policy studies with a minor in philanthropic studies. Prior to attending Indiana University, he worked as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a Washington D.C. based think tank. His research focuses on the intersection of the arts, education, philanthropy, and the policymaking process. He is a native of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He recently published his first children's book, The Wonderful Thing About Yemaya, which he is extremely proud of.


Paige Sharp
Deputy Director of Programs
Indiana Arts Commission
Indianapolis, Indiana

Paige serves as Deputy Director of Programs for the Indiana Arts Commission where she oversees, directs, and manages statewide services and grant programs funding over $3.5 million state and federal dollars to Hoosier artists and organizations each year. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and has served as a passionate arts professional since. Her over 20 years of arts service has focused on arts education, community arts program development, exhibition development, and grantsmaking. She has also served on multiple boards and committees from local to national.