The Indiana Arts Commission has announced that Madison and five other Indiana communities have been approved for the second round of the agency's Vibrant Communities cultural planning consultancy project.

Through the program, a consultant works with local organizations to determine the cultural needs of the communities. The six communities were selected out of 34 in the state that were eligible to apply for the consultancy opportunities after taking part in one of the IAC's Vibrant Communities seminars conducted in fall 2011 and this June.

The Madison Area Arts Alliance and the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County submitted the application.

The local art alliance was formed in September and includes government and nonprofit representatives, as well as those involved in visual arts, wood working, theater, music and photography. The group looks at ways to improve and strengthen the area's artistic impact.

The alliance is a nonprofit group governed by a volunteer board of directors.

The state commission will cover fees and travel expenses and provide up to 60 hours of consulting. In turn, the alliance will provide meeting space, work space and office equipment.

Kim Nyberg, the organization's facilitator, said the consultant will help set up a foundation and direction for the alliance.

"It's about building the creative economy of Madison and Jefferson County, and making it solid and sustainable," Nyberg said.

The five other communities approved for consultancies were Decatur, Evansville, Lawrence, Terre Haute and Westfield.

The program is expected to begin in January and continue through June.