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.


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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. 


The Batesville Area Arts Council is committed to providing art for all.  We believe in fostering a community that is inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible, welcoming participation regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, BAAC strives to:

  • See diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility as critical to ensure the well-being of the arts communities we serve.

  • Acknowledge and change any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services.

  • Advocate for and think about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work

  • Lead with respect and tolerance.


Batesville Area Arts Council values:

  • Accessibility: Making the arts available for all

  • Diversity: Embracing and enabling a diverse culture

  • Inclusion: Actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people

  • Equity: Ensuring fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all.

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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

  • Kendra Basler, President

  • Melissa Moenter, 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

  • Tina Longstreth, Publicity/Newsletter

  • Paul Ketcham, BAAC/BCSC Liaison

  • Beth Enneking, Hospitality

  • Judy Meyer, Community Art Show

  • Chris Ault, Theater Chair

  • Ethel Albanil Rodriguez, Assets Manager

  • Donovan Freeland, Art Auction Chair

  • John Hillenbrand II, Financial Advisor

  • Lynn Fledderman, Attorney

  • Sarah Heppner, Executive Director

Board of Directors, 2021-2022
Diversity & Inclusion Statement