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 Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis. Each year, the Art Center offers hundreds of art classes, over 50 art exhibitions in six art galleries, an Outreach program that takes art to underserved communities, and the Broad Ripple Art Fair.
The mission of the Indianapolis Art Center is to inspire creative expression in people of all ages.
With its official launch in January 2018, Indianapolis Ballet has returned professional ballet to Indiana’s capital as the first resident company based in the city in over a decade. The professional company includes talent from across the country – including several with ties to the Circle City – to perform in world-class productions. Indianapolis Ballet’s full artistic seasons will include fall, winter & spring productions at The Toby at Newfields, the company’s Official Residency Partner, the Indianapolis holiday tradition that is The Nutcracker at Old National Centre, and its annual New Works Showcases and IndyFringe Beyond Ballet series at The District Theatre – in addition to other appearances and events across the Indianapolis area.
Now in its 13th year, the Indianapolis School of Ballet – the official school of Indianapolis Ballet – continues to serve as Indiana’s premiere destination for professional dance instruction. The internationally respected faculty and artistic staff – guided by Victoria Lyras, Founding Artistic Director of both the School and professional company – are dedicated to meeting the needs of their students and offering them exemplary training, inspiration and encouragement. ISB’s philosophy is that all students, whether they are professional aspirants, pre-schoolers or adults exploring the joys of dancing, will have the opportunity to reach their desired level of achievement.
The Indianapolis School of Ballet’s 36-week Fall/Spring school year offers three main programs: the Pre-Professional Program, the Young Children’s Program, and the Open Dance Program. In addition, the Summer Intensive, scheduled from mid-June to late July, offers various multi-week options for students of all ages and levels.
Indianapolis Children's Choir
Every week, hundreds of young people in central Indiana join together as members of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC). The 2013 – 2014 season marks 28 years of great work with remarkable kids and families. The staff, singers and families of the ICC share a commitment to the highest quality of music-making and true artistic excellence. The entire organization enjoys musical experiences that reinforce the mission-driven goal of bridging cultures, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds.
Founded in 1986 by Artistic Director Henry Leck, the ICC provides an opportunity for young people to learn, grow, and excel through quality instruction and experiences that emphasize the development of musical skills and understanding. The ICC is in residence on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis where Mr. Leck is Director of Choral Activities. The large number of participants in the program represent the diversity of Central Indiana with over 3000 children from 20 counties, including all of the Indianapolis area suburbs and nearby rural communities. These children represent over 343 schools, including 43 parochial schools, 10 private schools, charter schools, and more than 80 home schools. Each week, the ICC holds 122 rehearsals and music classes.
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities, and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.
The five downtown cultural districts connected by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail include Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, The Canal & White River State Park, and the Wholesale District. The Cultural Trail will also connect with the Monon Trail, allowing visitors easy access to Broad Ripple Village from downtown.
The Cultural Trail is made possible by a large public and private collaboration led by Central Indiana Community Foundation, the City of Indianapolis and several not-for-profit organizations devoted to building a better city.
During the 1800’s, German immigrants wanted to preserve their culture in their new country. Many of them formed societies based on common interest, one of which was singing.
For 145 years, the Indianapolis Liederkranz has continued to preserve this part of German culture in the Holy Cross area of Indianapolis.
The purpose of the Indianapolis Liederkranz is the cultivation and perpetuation of German culture, primarily through song and music, as well as the cultivation and promotion of other cultural activities for its members and the community at large.
All events are open to the public, including our rehearsals. We’d love to meet you!
Indianapolis Shakespeare Company
Indianapolis Shakespeare Company is in its 12th year of producing high quality, fully professional Shakespeare in the Park productions. Indy Shakes is proud to offer our mainstage performances to the Indianapolis community for FREE!
We serve local theatre artists. One of our motivating factors is to prevent “creative brain drain”. We offer local theatre artists of all levels artistically satisfying, paid jobs during a time of year when many of the local arts organizations are not producing.
Our Company is comprised of actors, and technical and production professionals. Our team effort that makes creating the productions so satisfying for team members—and ultimately for the audiences.
Indianapolis Suzuki Academy
The Indianapolis Suzuki Academy (ISA) is a not -for-profit 501 c(3) organization that provides quality music education for children from birth to eighteen years of age servicing Indianapolis and the surrounding area. We are located at 40th and Central on the north side of the city in Marion County. We have been providing music lessons for over 30 years, first as the Children’s String Academy of Indianapolis, then as Indianapolis Academy of Music and now as the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy.
Our mission is to nurture beautiful character in every child through excellence in music.
Our vision is for every child to realize their potential.
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of central Indiana’s most established and dynamic musical institution and 2013/2014 marks its 77th season. Among the most active symphonic choruses in the nation, this organization reaches in excess of 25,000 persons each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational/outreach program. The approximately 160 volunteer singers demonstrate the Choir's commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each forty-week season. The organization is led by a professional staff and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.The Symphonic Choir is the choral partner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, having been founded in 1937 at the Orchestra’s request to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. Over the years, this partnership with the ISO has remained at the very core of the Choir’s existence. This partnership exhibits the very best of collaborative ideals–two successfully independent arts organizations combining their strengths to create beautifully lasting musical results.In addition to collaborative performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir presents its own performances, educational initiatives and events each season. Regular features include the Sacred Masterworks concert series, which includes large-scale choral-orchestral performances that are complemented by an array of educational events. The Symphonic Choir also produces the family-friendly and ever-popular Festival of Carols concerts, an innovative Sacred Arts performance experience in collaboration with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Celebration Gospel Festival, and a vocal jazz series titled Mood Indigo.The Symphonic Choir is committed to providing world-class educational experiences to persons of all ages throughout the community. The Choir is now in its third year as the official choral partner of the Indianapolis Public Schools, providing teacher training, educational resources, performance experiences and free printed music. The Spotlight Choir series unites area middle and high school choirs with the Symphonic Choir in a side-by-side rehearsal and performance opportunity, providing intergenerational learning experiences. Other educational initiatives include In-Choir-ing Minds, a lecture-performance featuring a choral masterwork; the Choral Colloquium, which provides scholarly exploration and discussion via the Choir’s Scholar-in-Residence; Roundtables for choir directors from area schools, universities, congregations and community ensembles; student conducting workshops and Hallelujah – What’s it to ya!?, an engaging look at Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”Commissioning new works is critical to the Choir’s mission, and recent years have seen numerous commissioned works added to the body of choral repertoire. In 2009, the organization launched the international Christmas Carol Commission Competition, which encourages emerging composers to write high-quality choral music. CD recordings of recent commissions are available on the Symphonic Choir’s website, including the recent release of a complete, two-disc recording of Mendelssohn's Elijah. The Choir was featured at the Super Bowl XLVI half time performance with Madonna, and is heard on Sirius-XM Radio.Throughout its history spanning three-quarters of a century, the Symphonic Choir has been served by leaders in the choral art, including music directors Elmer Steffen, Don Neuen, Charles Webb, John W. Williams, and Robert Porco, and has given performances around the world. The Symphonic Choir is under the artistic direction of Dr. Eric Stark and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in residence at Butler University's Jordan College of the Arts, Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Zoo/White River Gardens
The Indianapolis Zoo is located in White River State Park downtown, and since opening in 1964, it has grown into a world-class facility hosting a million visitors each year and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research, including accomplishing the world’s first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant.
The Indianapolis Zoo was the first attraction triple accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.
White River Gardens is part of the Zoo and continues its tradition of connecting animals, plants, and people. This stunningly beautiful 3.3-acre landmark botanical attraction combines the best of gardening ideas, plant information and inspirational design to serve the needs of all visitors. With hundreds of plant varieties on display plus entertaining special exhibits throughout the year, White River Gardens is an international showplace for Indiana where visitors can enjoy and learn about the bounty of the natural world. Visitors to the Gardens will be inspired, impressed, enlivened, and entertained.
Indy Irish Fest/ Irish Cultural Foundation of Indi...
The Indianapolis Irish Festival is in its 18th year. The festival is an opportunity to share Irish heritage through music, dance, cultural activities, and family fun. The festival was the vision of a small group of people who wanted to showcase the heritage, music and culture of the Irish people and the contributions of that culture to our city and state. The Irish are the second largest ethnic group to settle in the Indianapolis area. They have served the community in the fields of religion, education, medicine, law, the arts, politics and commerce.
Indy’s Irish Festival committee, an all volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1996 to host the first festival. Its mission is to preserve, promote and nurture Irish culture, arts, music, and history. The festival has grown significantly over the years and with it, so has the festival’s support of charities and community organizations. Since its inception, the festival has made donations to or helped community organizations raise more than $100,000.
Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization that relies on volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. Our mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to learn to read, and our goal is to make Indianapolis 100% literate. Our programs include one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language instruction, and “Literacy Labs” at neighborhood centers.
Indy Reads Books
We’re an independent bookstore, and we’re the only bookstore in downtown Indianapolis. We sell mostly used and some new books for adults and children, and we can special order almost any book you can name!
The JCC Indianapolis, guided by Jewish values and traditions, provides inclusive experiences that lead to personal growth and community building. The facility houses an art gallery with more than 6 exhibitions each year, an auditorium for performing arts and films, and a dance studio for dance classes. They host the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts, a three-week festival each fall featuring local and national authors, performances and films.
More than 100 years old, JCC Indianapolis is located at Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road and is a beneficiary agency of the United Way of Central Indiana and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and an affiliate member of the JCC Association of North America.
KaidyDid Theatre Productions
KaidyDid Productions is an urban based, all female theatrical production company.
Established in 2011, KaidyDid Productions has dedicated its mission to bring you Original… “True to Life Entertainment” for the entire family to enjoy.
KaidyDid Productions is aligned to leverage inspirational performances through the Arts. We believe our gift to spread the good news by way of theatrical productions is the calling placed upon our company. We are restoring ‘Excellence’ back to the theater community. Not only are we a Stage Production Company, we script our own Screenplays; Produce our own Media, Actresses, Soloist, and Writers for Hire.
Our productions are geared to entertain all individuals and bring enjoyment to the entire body by way of theatrical entertainment.
We are advocates to express Liberty, Healing, and Redemption through our Stage Productions.
Our Vast Resume in theater includes over 25 years of experience in Broadway (Musical Theatre), Drama (Tragedy), Comedy & Gospel Theatrical Performances. Our platform and exposure in the entertainment genre include performances with National Artist on National Stages all over the country. This is our proven guarantee you will be uplifted when you attend a KaidyDid Production.
Key Strummers - Key Learning Community
The Key Strummers are a youth ukulele group specializing in rural jazz from the 1930s and 1940s. Players range in age from 8 to 13 and perform all over Indiana. While they are housed at the Key Learning Community, they are funded by the fees paid for their performances.
Kids Dance Outreach (KDO)
Established in 2012 the mission of Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence.
Through community partnerships around Indianapolis KDO shares its high-level dance programs with thousands each year.
Lawrence Art Center
The Lawrence Art Center is a project of Partnerships for Lawrence and is a resource to the community as a place to see art, make art and learn how the arts can make an impact on our community. Our community partners include the Lawrence Community Development Corporation and the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority among others.
I am a 28 year old mother of five. I’ve always had a passion for painting art canvases and my kids inspired me to target more of the cartoon side of things. I’ve always been a cartoon fanatic and loved creating things with my own spin to the art and it is a dream to see some things come to life. I am currently working on mythical creatures to show my inner magic and imagination. I am also working on different cartoon characters and pop art. I am looking to show my art at various events and getting my work recognized.
MCCOY (Marion County Commission on Youth)
MCCOY is an advocate, a resource, a capacity builder and a convener, all to support youth opportunities and outcomes in central Indiana.
MCCOY champions the positive development of youth through leadership on key issues and support of the youth worker community.
Merry MAC Players
The Merry MAC Players, located at the Depot Theatre in Martinsville, Indiana are a community theatre whose goal is to provide quality entertainment, opportunity, education, and enrichment. As part of the non-profit Martinsville Arts Council, we depend on the resources and talents of our local community and hope you join us as we celebrate, promote, and perform the dramatic arts.
NPinspired Design LLC
NPinspired is a multimedia design company that focuses on providing unique branding solutions to the city of Indianapolis. Npinspired will collaborate with you on your print, web, photography and video projects to craft a visual story that sets your company ahead of the rest.
Paramount School of Excellence
Paramount School of Excellence, located on the Near East Side of Indianapolis, serves 650 grade K-8 students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Paramount’s mission is to inspire learning through an unparalleled academic approach and to transform communities by changing lives. Ninety of the students’ families have household incomes that are below the poverty level. Integral to Paramount’s approach to education is three experiential learning discovery centers that include an Eco Room, Time and Space Center with planetarium and the Paramount Farm with chickens, dairy goats, apiary and gardens.
Peewinkle's Puppet Studio
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio’s mission is to bring an age-old art to the youngest of hearts. Hundreds of handmade characters enchant audiences with music, merriment, and messages designed to educate and entertain .
Re-Generation Indy is a group of local artists that lead affordable art workshops and host Youth Art Shows.
Although their primary focus is youth, they strive to spread creativity to all generations, so they do not neglect kids at heart. Their team is made up of over 30 established local artists who show work around the city on a regular basis. This helps them to be able to give good perspective to young artists when they display their work at Re-Generation shows. They aim to keep their art workshops at a low cost and their shows free so that families can participate consistently and become part of the art community.
Re-Generation Indy workshops and shows are a unique, fun and positive way to teach about entrepreneurship, confidence and expressing yourself.
They are currently partnering with Art With A Heart and the Athenaeum for a space to work out of, but they do travel to host workshops as well.
South Bend Museum of Art
The South Bend Museum of Art features a full spectrum of historical and contemporary art featured in five galleries. A wide range of artistic traditions are taught in our world-class art studios. Located inside the Century Center in downtown South Bend, Indiana, the SBMA is an architectural delight. Designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the museum occupies three levels in the northern wing of the building.
The South Bend Museum of Art affirms the enduring power of the visual arts to reflect and create community, engage minds, and nurture growth through exhibitions, collections and educational programs.
Since its founding in 1947, the SBMA has provided insight into the art, history and culture of the region and nation.
Since 1987, SBMA has been recognized as achieving the highest level of professional standards in the field, awarded accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Accreditation status must be renewed every 10 years and, in March of 2011, SBMA was awarded ongoing accreditation. Accreditation inspires museums to achieve a higher standard. It strengthens the field as a whole, as well as the museums that receive accreditation. The rigorous process leads to sustained organizational improvement and a clearer sense of purpose. Of the estimated 17,500 museums in the U.S., only 750 are accredited.
Speedway Arts Council
The mission of the Speedway Arts Council is to stimulate appreciation of the arts and enrich the cultural lives of Speedway residents and guests; encouraging a focused vision of the arts throughout the community.
St. Paul's Music
Through the language of music, St. Paul’s Music is a bridge between the secular and the sacred that creates community, connects people with the divine, and develops young musicians. Now in its thirty-seventh year, St. Paul’s Music continues as a ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Through generous supporters, St. Paul’s Music is able to offer a variety of events to the community, and continues to feature choral masterworks performed by St. Paul’s Choir with orchestra, as well as professional artists from the Indianapolis area and around the world. This organization also supports projects such as recordings and choir pilgrimages.
We are a husband and wife team; landscape and lifestyle photographer and an abstract painter. We are located in Downtown Indianapolis.
We met through our art. We provide art and art consulting services – specializing in hospitality and corporate art. We offer a range of sizes as original canvas artwork, epoxy and mixed media. Photography is available on metal, canvas and framed print.
Our motto- There is Light Everywhere – and we strive to spread light through our art.
Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis
Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis is a non-profit, professional theatre company located at 717 Broad Ripple Avenue. Focused on producing new plays by female and minority playwrights, Storefront stages productions in the style of Chicago storefront theaters: with small and intimate settings; raw, and underscored by emotional truth.
As theatre practitioners, we seek to expand the creative conversation with young, curious, and inventive minds by offering a variety of theatre-based learning and exploration centered on developing new works created by young community members on topics of import to them.
Storytelling Arts of Indiana
Storytelling Arts of Indiana promotes the art of storytelling by creating opportunities in Indiana for diverse audiences of all ages to listen and share stories and by showcasing tellers who entertain and inspire.
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