Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center was founded in 1934 as a Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression to serve artists. Today, the Art Center inhabits a beautiful Michael Graves-designed building which sits on a 9.5 acre stretch along the banks of the White River in the Broad
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All aboard the ArtBus! This public art tour and field trip experience aims to better connect participants with the visual arts in their community and throughout Indianapolis. ArtBus routes start at your location and travel to arts and cultural institutions around town, stopping along the way to discover Indianapolis’ public art. (More detailed route information below, under Locations.) An... View more
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The Summer 2019 Art Bus will run between Monday, June 24 to Friday, August 2. Trips can be booked for mornings or afternoons of any day of the week (subject to Art Bus Conductor availability).
The ArtBus runs mornings 9am – 1 pm and afternoons, 1 pm – 5 pm
Organizations that can provide their own bus transportation can reduce their total costs!
We can accommodate up to 25 students per ArtBus trip with appropriate numbers of chaperones according to your organization’s ratios (no less than 1:10).
All ArtBus trips will include a dedicated activity space at the destination (Indianapolis Art Center or RUCKUS Makerspace).
Currently, ArtBus offers two destinations:
Indianapolis Art Center
Additionally, ArtBus offers options for different public art destinations along the way. Past locations have included: The Love Train and SOAR Murals (Monon Trail between 52nd & 54th), Paramount Peace Park (Intersection of Brookside & Nowland at Paramount School of Excellence) and White River State Park’s Arts Garden. We can also customize an ArtBus route to suit your location in the Indianapolis area (minimum of two months lead time).
With client-provided bus: $350.00
With Indianapolis Art Center coordinated bus: $550.00
Low-cost ArtBus trips are offered to a limited number of organizations during the Summer months. Contact us for more information.
Standard 1 - History
Standard 3 - Geography
RV.1 – Learning Outcome for Reading Vocabulary: Build and apply vocabulary using various strategies and sources
RV.2 – Vocabulary Building: Use strategies to determine and clarify words and understand their relationships
SL.1 – Learning Outcome for Speaking and Listening: Develop and apply effective communication skills through speaking and active listening
SL.2 – Discussion and Collaboration: Develop and apply reciprocal communication skills by participating in a range of collaborative discussions
SL.3 – Comprehension: Develop and apply active listening and interpretation skills using various strategies
RV.1 – Learning Outcome for Reading Vocabulary: Acquire, refine, and apply vocabulary using various strategies and sources
RV.2 – Vocabulary Building: Build and refine vocabulary by using strategies to determine and clarify words and understand their relationships
SL.1 – Learning Outcome for Speaking and Listening: Refine and apply effective communication skills through speaking and active listening
SL.2 – Discussion and Collaboration: Refine and apply reciprocal communication skills by participating in a range of collaborative discussions
SL.3 – Comprehension: Refine and apply active listening and interpretation skills using various strategies
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives.
Anchor Standard 3 – Refine and complete artistic work: Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.
Anchor Standard 4 – Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation: Artists and other presenters consider various techniques, methods, venues, and criteria when analyzing, selecting, and curating objects artifacts, and artworks for preservation and presentation.
Anchor Standard 5 – Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation: Artists, curators and others consider a variety of factors and methods including evolving technologies when preparing and refining artwork for display and or when deciding if and how to preserve and protect it.
Anchor Standard 6 – Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work: Objects, artifacts, and artworks collected, preserved, or presented either by artists, museums, or other venues communicate meaning and a record of social, cultural, and political experiences resulting in the cultivating of appreciation and understanding.
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Individual aesthetic and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with art can lead to understanding and appreciation of self, others, the natural world, and constructed environments.
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Visual imagery influences understanding of and responses to the world.
Anchor Standard 8 – Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work: People gain insights into meanings of artworks by engaging in the process of art criticism.
Anchor Standard 9 – Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work: People evaluate art based on various criteria.
Anchor Standard 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding: People develop ideas and understandings of society, culture, and history through their interactions with and analysis of art.
Participants in Summer 2018 ArtBus have said:
“It made me feel more alive about art.”
“(ArtBus) made me feel inspired to do more positive art for my community.”
“I like seeing others’ vision of something beautiful.”
“I liked (ArtBus) better (than other field trips), learned more, got to see art and make something.”
“It enabled (participants) to think more about how art is created.”
- Reservations must be made at least one month/30 days in advance.
- Custom routes must be made at least two months/60 days in advance.
- Payment in full is due within two weeks of the trip.
- In order to receive a full refund, cancellation must be made at least 15 days before the trip. If cancellation takes place after this date, a deposit of 50% of the fee will be retained by the Indianapolis Art Center.