General Public Collective
General Public is an artist-run project space and concept shop dedicated to sharing ideas through exhibitions, performances and original works of art.
Georgia Street’s three-block street and walkway connects the Indiana Convention Center, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Circle Centre, a collection of restaurants, residences, hotels and the historic St. John’s Catholic Church. Whether on your lunch break or visiting for the weekend, you’ll find sports events, food truck festivals and outdoor cafes all along the street.
Enjoy a splash of culture right in the middle of busy Downtown Indy. Intriguing public art on the street includes Wooden’s Legacy (affectionately known as The Legs) by Jeffrey Rouse. The bronze sculpture pays homage to John Wooden, a famous Hoosier known worldwide for his winning basketball coaching style. Find more culture right down the block at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. This urban church serves a diverse population that ranges from traditional parishioners, young adults and college students, daily Mass goers.
Go beyond the hustle and bustle of Downtown and enjoy this urban, outdoor public space.
Grove Haus is an historic church just minutes from downtown Indianapolis, which has been revitalized into Unique Urban Space for all to re-imagine. Located in the North Square/Fountain Square Cultural District, just a 1/2 block off the Cultural Trail at Virginia Ave and Grove Ave. This is a great space for concerts, theatre productions, dance, art exhibits, private parties, and weddings. There is also a place for yoga classes, exercise classes, seminars, fundraisers, and many other possibilities. Please check below to see what all is happening in the Haus.
Haughville Branch Library
Branch 2, the longest continuously operating branch of the Indianapolis Public Library system, originally opened in December, 1896 in a small frame building occupied by a Gospel Rescue Mission. It was located at the corner of Brookside Avenue and Tenth Street. In early 1897 the village known as Haughville became a part of the city and soon afterwards the residents petitioned for a library. Branch 2 was moved from the east side to 2523 West Walnut, a small frame building in the yard of School No. 52. It eventually became known as The Haughville Branch, reflecting the neighborhood it served. The branch moved again in 1901 to the former Town Hall on Germania Avenue, later renamed Belleview Place. In this storefront building the library was expanded three times from a small, one-room library to encompass the entire first floor. A fire in 1904 partially destroyed the library, consuming much of the furniture and more than 400 books. It soon reopened in the same location, and remained there until it relocated to the Michigan Plaza Shopping Center near Holt Road in 1972.
Herron School of Art and Design
Herron School of Art and Design is a professional art school committed to increasing the visual literacy of the entire community through a rigorous arts curriculum and a variety of programs including international travel, gallery exhibitions, Saturday School, Summer Honors Art Program, Youth Art Camp and the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Herron's size, range of offerings and location in downtown Indianapolis create unique opportunities for individuals to develop their respective artistic visions.
Gallery — The Herron Galleries provide Herron and IUPUI students, faculty and the community-at-large with first-hand exposure to contemporary works of art created by regional, national and international artists.
Hilbert Circle Theatre
In 1916, several local businessmen set out to finance the construction of a theater on Monument Circle, on a site occupied by a livery stable for much of the 19th century. Designed by Indianapolis architects Rubus & Hunter, the theater was built in a Neo-Classical Revival style – marked by symmetry, bright colors and simplicity and inspired by the arts of ancient Greece and Rome – and its interior was designed in the style of 18th-century architect Robert Adam, who employed motifs from Greek, Etruscan and Pompeian artists.
The pastoral-themed mural over the marquee, which still remains, was created by Irvington Group artist Clifton Wheeler.
For much of the 20th century, the theater served as a majestic venue for film and live acts. In 1928, the first movie with sound ever shown in Indianapolis, The Jazz Singer, was shown at the theater. In the 1940s, big band jazz groups, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, played on the theatre’s stage.
By the 1970s, however, the Circle Theater had fallen into disrepair. Although its heyday as a movie theatre had ended, in 1982, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra decided to move back downtown and call the theatre its home.
After an extensive renovation, the reopened on October 12, 1984, as the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1996, Stephen and Tomisue Hilbert endowed the theater, which was renamed the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
Today, the intimate size of the Hilbert Circle Theatre – the hall contains 1,781 seats – and stage area customized specially for the Orchestra create a superb venue for live performances. The hall, lobbies and Wood Room facility are available during non-performance dates for meetings, seminars, receptions, concerts or public/private functions. Tours are also available.
Visit the Hilbert Circle Theatre website for more information about rentals and tours.
About Holliday Park
Come and be a part of this vast, 94-acre city park located on the north side of Indianapolis, where you can explore the nature center, play on one of the city’s best, hard-to-leave playgrounds, hike more than 3.5 miles of picturesque trails or walk down to the banks of the White River. Admission to Holliday Park and the Nature Center is free! Some classes and programs have fees.
The 13,000 square foot Nature Center focuses on Marion County and Holliday Park natural and environmental history and features hands-on, discovery-based activities for all ages. Two classrooms host classes on nature, after-school activities and arts and crafts with an environmental theme.
The bird and wildlife observation area offers numerous feeding stations with a sound system to allow viewers to hear the birds, and extensive wildflower gardens and a wildlife-friendly prairie are located nearby.
iMOCA at The Murphy
Founded in 2001 by a group of arts benefactors and enthusiasts, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) began as – and still remains – Indianapolis’ only museum dedicated solely to showing and advancing contemporary art. As a non-collecting institution, iMOCA’s mission is to bring contemporary exhibitions and programs to the Indianapolis community to stimulate minds, inspire new discoveries and demonstrate the vital connections between visual culture and life.
Prior to having a dedicated space, iMOCA operated as a “museum without walls,” mounting exhibitions throughout Indianapolis at venues including the Stutz, Herron School of Art and Design, and Key Cinemas. In 2004, iMOCA found a home in the historic Emelie Building in the Indiana Avenue Cultural District, thanks to the generosity of local law firm Katz and Korin, PC. In 2009, iMOCA moved into the Murphy Building in the heart of Fountain Square. The move placed the museum in an actively revitalizing area and iMOCA became inseparable from the thriving Fountain Square art scene. In October 2014, iMOCA entered into a partnership with Buckingham Companies and Buckingham Foundation to program a gallery space in The Alexander Hotel at CityWay.
iMOCA strives to present artwork that increases the understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual culture, provoking dialogue and encouraging the discovery that art is all around us. The museum supports a wide variety of emerging and mid-career artists through innovative exhibitions and audience engagement. Artist talks, workshops and other programming offer unique points of entry into the world of contemporary art. By offering free admission, iMOCA prides itself on accessibility.
Indiana History Center
The Indiana Historical Society is one of the United States' oldest and largest historical societies. Indiana's Storyteller™ is housed within the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis in The Canal and White River State Park Cultural District with neighbors such as the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. It is the oldest state historical society west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Indiana Humanities, located at 1500 North Delaware, connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.
Indiana Humanities traces its roots to 1972, when the?National Endowment for the Humanities?(NEH) asked a group of five energetic Indiana citizens to form a statewide grant-making agency. The group was comprised of Dr. Marvin E. Hartig, Mrs. Edmund F. (Virginia) Ball, Dr. Robert E. Burns, Mr. Edward N. Howard, and Dr. Robert W. Richey. Their goal was to focus federal dollars on more local, grassroots initiatives.
We’ve come a long way since then. Today, we’re still a grant-making agency, but we are also a convener, leader and partner. We promote the public humanities and engage Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Using literature, history, art, music, philosophy and our shared cultural heritage, we strive to help Hoosiers better understand themselves and the world around them.
Indiana Landmarks Center
Before Indiana Landmarks repurposed the former Central Avenue Methodist Church, the vacant complex was empty, the roof rusty and leaking, the domed ceiling crashing down on pews. Some called it a lost cause.
With the support of the Cook family of Bloomington, who contributed $10 million, Indiana Landmarks restored and adapted the sanctuary and Sunday School wings as theaters, reception halls and meeting spaces. We’re raising $3 million to restore the 1922 officebuilding as our new state headquarters, and create a landscaped parking lot.
Historic churches — built to last, with little expense spared in architectural detail and decoration — embody good works, good will, and community heritage. Built in three stages — 1891, 1900, and 1922 — the Central Avenue church once held the largest Methodist congregation in Indiana and played a formative role in the capital city, creating Methodist Hospital and Wheeler Mission and molding leaders who steered businesses and educational institutions.
When the church closed — victim of population shifts and an ever-shrinking congregation — the Old Centrum Foundation tried to operate the building as a home for small nonpro?ts, but by 2008 recognized that it could not adequately maintain the structure.
Indiana Landmarks intervened in 2010 to save the endangered, architecturally outstanding building and give it an exciting new use.
Indiana Repertory Theatre (upper Stage)
This up-close 314-seat thrust-style theatre features a three/quarter-round design that places 79% of its seats within 5 rows of the stage (and none more than 8 rows away). The Upperstage is on the 4th floor and is accessible via the elevators in our right (or east) set of doors as you face the IRT's building.
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