Joanna Taft is a cultural entrepreneur who serves as Founding Executive Director of the Harrison Center for the Arts, Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of Herron High School, Founder of the Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative and the City Gallery: Indy’s Urban Living Center. She also serves on the boards of Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals (Chair), Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development, Indianapolis Library Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation and the Katharine B. Sutphin Foundation (President). For these endeavors, she has received the Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Girls Inc. Touchstone Award, Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Council of Indianapolis ARTI Award, Jefferson Award, and two Cultural Vision awards.
She is a graduate of Covenant College, the Stanley K. Lacy Class XXXII, and was a 2012 Creative Renewal Fellow.