The city was also committed to fostering local artistic talent in order to bolster the local economy. On April 4, 1975, Mayor Lugar announced the creation of 20 new positions for the Metropolitan Arts Council of Indianapolis through funding from the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973 (CETA). CETA helped cities manage job creation and growth by bundling employment and training programs into one comprehensive delivery system. The artists hired to these positions helped to beautify the city through art and taught children art in area schools.
This exhibit was created under the auspices of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis. Its primary author is research associate Lauren Judd, with collaboration from Edward Frantz and archivist Mark Vopelak. It was completed in December 2015 using source material from the university's Mayoral Archives.