ArtSmart:Indiana was endorsed as an Indiana Bi-Centennial Legacy Project.  As such, it met the Indiana Legacy Project goals and characteristics of being culturally inclusive and engages and inspires youth and young adults.  It was deemed open and accessible to the public, making an impactful contribution to Indiana’s legacy.


ArtSmart: Indiana ( teaches the history of Indiana from 1800 to the present day, shown through the works of its artists and is a starting point for integrating Indiana’s rich visual arts tradition into classroom instruction.

Benefits for Teachers & Students

Designed to meet Indiana Academic Standards for 4th grade social studies curriculum, the program is student friendly, and referenced for easy lesson planning. The easily accessible program for Indiana teachers and students appeals to a broad, statewide audience. The McAllister ArtSmart: Indiana Resource Center is located at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette to accommodate on site lesson planning and research. 

Developments within the Program

Thanks to a “Museums for America Grant” from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has been able to update ArtSmart: Indiana. With funding from the IMLS, the Art Museum, in collaboration with The Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the Purdue University Department of Curriculum and Instruction, updated ArtSmart: Indiana to an Internet web-based program with better quality images and content. The curriculum was expanded to include more contemporary, women, and minority artists.   

Susan Chavers wrote the original program in 1986, and Professor Schaffer, Purdue University, and Department of Educational Technology along with Dr. Jeff Patchen, Elsa Kramer, Leslie Power and Melissa Trumphy of The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis developed the web-based program. Kathy Trout wrote the art educational units according to the Indiana academic standards.  

Improvements are being made continually.  In 2013, a new video and four new games were added to the website and in 2014 two new interactive kiosks were placed in the McAllister ArtSmart: Indiana Center to integrate ArtSmart: Indiana with Art Museum visitors' experience.

The Future

The ArtSmart team seeks help from members of the Art Museum and the Greater Lafayette and Indiana community to help provide funding needed to maintain the web site and continue support for ArtSmart: Indiana. Donations can be made to ArtSmart:Indiana by contacting the Museum Director, Kendall Smith at or the Office Manager, Caitlin Thomas at