The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) formerly known as The Rural Alliance for the Arts (RAA) is a not-for profit organization founded in December 1988 to promote the arts by providing opportunities for artistic education, expression and enjoyment in Batesville and the surrounding area. The organization has a volunteer 20 member Board of Directors, and a part-time Administrator. In addition, there are many volunteer and business organizations in the community that give generously of their time and talent to help make the BAAC succeed. The success of the BAAC is dependent on our many volunteers and members.


Our Mission

The BAAC began by supporting arts in education in the schools. Its Artist in Residence Program, the Visiting Artist Series, and the Young Artist Showcase are present in all six area Batesville schools.


The BAAC presents many public events each year including local productions. A sampling of past events include: The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Peter Pan, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, Boars Head Festival, and Rumours Fleetwood Mac Band.


The BAAC sponsors an annual Local Visual Art Show and contest. This is part of the Batesville Music and Arts Festival which allows local artists to display their work in the community.




The founder of the RAA/BAAC, Jolene Rockwood explains our history. 


Financial Support

The BAAC receives funding through sponsorships, grants, memberships, tickets sales and its annual Art Auction.  The art auction, BAAC’s major public fundraiser, is held each year. This year it was held on February 7, 2020.


The BAAC is grateful for funding support from these current sponsors:


  • Indiana Arts Commission

  • Columbus Area Arts Council

  • John A. Hillenbrand Foundation

  • Ripley County Community Foundation

  • Rising Sun Regional Foundation

  • Hillenbrand Industries

  • Global Atlantic Financial Group

  • Local Businesses and Patrons

Board of Directors, 2019-2020
  • Ethel Albanil Rodriguez, President

  • Kendra Basler, Vice President

  • Mary Mattingly, Secretary

  • Dan Hall, Treasurer

  • Barb Greene, Grant Writer

  • Anne Raver, Community Liaison 

  • Rachael Berkemeier, Arts-In-Education

  • Mary Gehring, Young Artist Showcase 

  • Paul Satchwill, Social Media

  • Andrea Gillman, Graphic Artist/Website

  • Kerri Meyer, Website

  • Tina Longstreth, Publicity/Newsletter

  • Paul Ketcham, BAAC/BCSC Liaison

  • Beth Enneking, Hospitality

  • Judy Meyer, Community Art Show

  • Chris Ault, Theater Chair

  • Donovan Freeland, Assets Manager

  • Susan Glaser, Auction Acquisitions

  • John Hillenbrand II, Financial Advisor

  • Lynn Fledderman, Attorney

  • Sarah Heppner, Executive Director