The Nationalities Council is a non-profit, all-volunteer educational foundation comprised of more than 50 ethnic or national affinity organizations plus other groups, corporations and individuals interested in celebrating Indy's diversity. For more than 30 years, the Council has worked to increase the visibility of and participation by ethnic groups in the community life of central Indiana. The Council's website includes links to hundreds of multicultural and international organizations in Indianapolis and Indiana, a comprehensive calendar of international events, and links to thousands more pages of information, including the only comprehensive directory of ethnic restaurants, markets and festivals in the Indianapolis area. The Ethnic Hoosier, a monthly newsletter, is sent free of charge to an electronic mailing list. Since 1976, the Nationalities Council's annual International Festival, held each fall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, has been a popular "Celebration of Diversity" that introduces thousands of schoolchildren and adults to the wide range of Indy's culinary, historical, social, ethnic and linguistic heritage.
Combined membership and board meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December and January) in the Max Kade Room of the Athenaeum/Das Deutsche Haus, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis. All are welcome to attend.