Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

Nashville, IN


The mission of the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site is to support this historic property and collections where T.C. Steele lived and painted through providing financial support and fostering local, national and international engagement, as well as providing resources for scholars, students and artists and the general public.

Notes from the Nonprofit

American impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926) and his wife Selma moved to Brown County, Indiana in 1907 and established a home, studio and gardens on 211 acres of scenic terrain. The property and its artifacts remain essentially unchanged from the way it was during their time here. The picturesque landscape of this area, and Steele’s prominence, drew in other artists, establishing an Art Colony of the Midwest. Some of his recognitions are: The Boatman (1884) was awarded silver medal from Royal Academy in Munich On the Muscatatuk (1886) was selected to appear in the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 Bloom of the Grape (1893) received an honorable mention at the Paris Exposition in 1900. A March Morning received the Fine Arts Building prize at the Fourteenth Society of Western Artists’ annual exhibition in 1909. Steele was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York City as an Associate National Academician (A.N.A) in 1913.

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President & Board Chair

P. Garrett Adams

Vice President

Stacy L. Brooke

Main Address

P.O. Box 1070

Nashville, IN 47448 USA


art advocacy, history and education, fundraising, En plein air painting





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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Annual Member Art Show

Annual Spring Wildflower Foray

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How We Listen

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), community meetings/town halls.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Spring 2018: Member survey conducted regarding the functionality, utility, and visual attractiveness of the Friends of T.C. Steele website; using SurveyMonkey. Complete website refresh resulted. Key Findings; Utility: 70% of donors use the site to learn more about the paintings and the Historic Site itself. Functionality: 80% of donors report that they access the site via a mobile phone and/or a tablet. Visual Attractiveness: 75% of donors indicate that the information on the website is “clear” and “easy to understand”. In contrast, 25% of the donors indicated that the information on the website is cumbersome and difficult to follow. Other Suggestions: Streamline content, Board Member information, More information on upcoming events - make information available further in advance.

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