Artists' Studio - Center for the Performing Arts
The Artists’ Studio was founded in January, 2003 by Joellyn and David Young.
Artist: Craftsman, artisan. 1. A person who does anything very well, with imagination and a feeling for form and effect. 2. A person who works in, or is skilled in the techniques of any of the fine arts.
Studio: a room or rooms where an artist, musician, or photographer works. A room or rooms where dancing, music and drama lessons are given.
These are the principles upon which The Artists’ Studio is founded. It is our goal to provide a safe, nurturing environment for the artist to grow in his or her craft. We provide only professional instructors who have, or are currently working in the performing arts and related art environments. We provide different levels of instruction to encourage those who are new to performance art and to challenge and define those who have chosen the arts as a career or vocation.
The Arts are incredibly important to the total development of a human being. It has recently been discovered that children who study music have an easier time with mathematics and reasoning skills, those who study drama develop reading and memory skills at a faster rate, and of course, dance provides an athletic and cardio workout for any age.
If you or your child is currently looking for a place to discover their creativity, please come and visit The Artists’ Studio.
ArtMix is a non-profit arts service organization providing access to the arts for people with disabilities. ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana) fulfills its mission through a series of arts programs led by 20+ professional Teaching Artists who provide programming in schools, community centers, hospitals, and on-site in our adaptive arts studios near downtown Indianapolis.
Through its programming, ArtMix increases access, engagement, knowledge, and skills in and through the arts. Collectively, ArtMix programs serve more than 6,000 people each year. The programs create opportunities for learning, self-expression, and socialization, and increase community understanding and acceptance of people of all abilities. ArtMix was founded in 1982 and is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
For more information visit artmix.org or call (317) 974-4123.
Arts A Poppin'
Arts A Poppin’ is an artisan-based fine art and craft gift shop. All art is made by local, regional and national artists. Pottery, jewelry, woodwork,metalwork, glasswork, textiles, prints, cards, soap and other items are offered. "Artists at Work" demonstrations are given throughout the year.
Arts Council of Indianapolis
The Arts Council of Indianapolis fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.
The Arts Council is an organization that advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting innovative ideas and programs that better serve the area, its artists, and arts organizations; and connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to explore and expand central Indiana’s creative vitality.
The Arts Council owns and operates two performance and exhibition spaces, the Indianapolis Artsgarden (attached to Circle Centre Mall) and Gallery 924 (at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street). The Arts Council allocates public funding to arts and cultural organizations through a competitive grant program; offers fellowship opportunities including the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, the Transformational Impact Fellowship, and the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship; provides programs, services, and technical assistance for artists and arts organizations; and manages the city’s public art program. The Indy Arts Guide provides a comprehensive arts calendar featuring thousands of events, performances, and exhibitions throughout central Indiana. For more information on the Arts Council, call (317) 631-3301, visit online at indyarts.org, and connect with us Facebook.com/indyarts, Twitter @ArtsCouncilIndy, and Instagram @ArtsCouncilIndy.
Arts for Lawrence
Arts for Lawrence (AFL) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that connects arts and community to inspire everyone every day. Founded in 2006, AFL emerged as a response to the need for improving the cultural environment in Lawrence Township, Indiana.
Located in the historic Theater at the Fort since 2015, we are the largest nonprofit arts organization in the City of Lawrence and the northeast quadrant of Indianapolis. We foster arts programming to reach underserved audiences, improve the local economy, and provide a sense of place for our diverse community members.
Today, AFL offers 14 annual signature events including festivals, theater performances, outdoor concert series, art classes, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and more. The majority of these programs and events are free to the public.
As stewards of the historic Theater at the Fort, we also oversee the partnerships that bring a diverse blend of performances to the stage in drama, music, dance, storytelling and more. The diversity in programming is designed to make art accessible to all—from the casual consumer or discerning critic – to the seasoned professional or the budding artist. We advocate for the need and importance of a thriving arts destination in the shaping of a safe and lively community.
AFL has developed partnerships to provide another 68 performances at the Theater for the 2018/2019 season in drama, music, and dance. AFL also offers the stage to schools at no cost so that local students are able to experience a stage presence.
We prosper thanks to committed individuals and institutions that believe in the transforming power of the arts. Our hope is that you can find a place to feel at home in our organization to enjoy the arts as we invite you to be part of our cultural community while we build our vision: Living Lawrence – a vibrant arts destination.
Arts for Learning
The largest provider of arts education programs in Indiana, Arts for Learning works with more than 100 artists and organizations to provide young people the opportunity to experience the arts directly in schools and other venues.
Arts for Learning Indiana
Arts for Learning brings teaching artists into Indiana schools and communities to connect kids with the arts. We think art helps spark curiosity and ignite creativity, and we believe that when you connect arts with learning, kids get more out of school.
Click here for more information: https://artsforlearningindiana.org/
Arts With A Purpose
Arts With A Purpose uses creative expression to mentor and create positive change.
While promoting Individual Wellness, Social Awareness, Compassion and Diversity, Arts With A Purpose connects communities, (collaborating with artists of all disciplines) by coordinating workshops, and residencies for audiences in need as well as performances for advocacy and fundraising events.
Located in the Carmel Arts & Design District, the ArtSplash Gallery offers visitors a blend of traditional, contemporary, and abstract artwork in both two and three dimensional media, as well as digital photography and calligraphy. The gallery maintains a broad range of pricing, on original works and prints, to make fine art an accessible part of everyday life. Several ArtSplash artists also take commission work to meet custom taste and design needs for both home and business.
Asante Children's Theatre of Indianapolis
The Asante Children’s Theatre of Indianapolis, IN (ACT) is a youth development organization committed to enriching the lives of young people so they become empowered citizens of the world.
Instructors and mentors use acting, dancing, singing, and storytelling to develop meaningful life skills helping youth prepare for their role in college, work and society. Our overarching goal is to sponsor a “Culture of Excellence” that encourages our participants to be the best they can be at all times. The achievement of producing accomplished entertainers and quality productions results in empowered youth, well-rounded citizens, enriched family lives, strengthened family bonds and a more vibrant community.
Association of Indiana Museums
Founded in 1972, this association is the advocate and information resource for Indiana’s museums. The 2008 Directory of Indiana Museums, published by AIM and the only resource of its kind, lists 508 museums. Please refer to the AIM website for more information and to order your copy of the Directory.
Indiana museums care for at least 10.5 million collection items, from photographs to wagons, manuscripts to giraffes, and arrowheads to DVDs. In doing so, they help over 9.6 million visitors annually explore, learn and enjoy the knowledge communicated by those collections.
The Athenaeum preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the Sound Mind in a Sound Body values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages in diverse communities.
Originally built in the 1890s as a ‘house of culture’ for the community, the Athenaeum is one of the few buildings that continue to be used as originally intended.
Dine in the best German (and oldest) restaurant in Indianapolis, the Rathskeller – in operation since 1894
Athenaeum Pops Orchestra
"We play the music everyone loves!"
This 40-piece, all-volunteer orchestra plays about 20 concerts each year at Garfield Park, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, and many retirement homes. Every program includes some German music (polkas, waltzes, etc…). The orchestra’s mission is to further community cultural arts by performing musical programs in a variety of venues. The orchestra’s secondary goal is to educate the public in music appreciation.
Aurora PhotoCenter supports creativity through photography. We are passionate about photography’s emotional and social power as an art medium in its own right. Serving as a creative hub, Aurora elevates the photographic arts through exhibitions, workshops, and access to creative tools for practicing artists. Aurora is a community where photographers and enthusiasts alike come together.
Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Aurora PhotoCenter serves as a bridge between local artists and the greater photographic community, with a regional, national, and international scope. Aurora was founded in 2018 by a group of local artists who recognized the need for a photography-centric creative space offering resources and opportunities to working and aspiring photographers.
Throughout 2019, Aurora will co-host its programming with several local partners, including Tube Factory at Big Car. As Aurora grows and receives non-profit status, it will establish darkroom and studio facilities for both community education and working artists. Aurora’s heart and soul will be its state-of-the-art digital and traditional silver-based labs for the production of images from camera to print. Additionally, its gallery space will host yearly exhibitions featuring cutting-edge contemporary photography being made today by regional, national, and international photographic artists. In addition to an annual program of unique and innovative workshops, classes, and lectures that will draw participants from Indianapolis and beyond, Aurora will offer a residency program for the production of photographic work that contributes to the dialog on contemporary photography.
Aurora aspires to be the Midwest’s premiere destination for photography. Aurora will be a place where artists meet, create, share work, and find inspiration.
AYS Inc is a non-profit child and youth services agency providing before and after school programs in public schools across Central Indiana.
To learn more about AYS Summer Camps, visit http://www.ayskids.org/Camp/index.htm
Bach to Rock
Bach to Rock provides music lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Instruments we teach include guitar, piano, drums, voice, violin, trumpet, and more! We are also the home of Beat Refinery DJ School which offers mixing, scratching, and music production classes. B2R birthday parties and seasonal camps are great opportunities to play & learn music with your friends and make new ones! We also have early childhood classes for toddlers and preschoolers. Take your skills to the next level in a Glee Club or Rock Band. B2R offers opportunities for students to perform in venues around Indianapolis.
We have digital gift certificates available for purchase online, a great gift for any holiday, birthday or special occasion.
Ballet INitiative is a project-based dance collective including multiple styles with roots in ballet serving the greater Indianapolis area. It was founded in 2020 by five local dancers, with the main goal of making the typical professional dance workplace a positive, updated, and artist-driven environment. Ballet INitiative’s season is project-based, meaning local dancers affiliated with any organization can drop in and choose performances to be part of throughout the year. Ballet INitiative strives to create fun, innovative, and interesting performances to revive the art of the live performance. With our revitalized performances, such as our feminist 1920s Nutcracker and Happy Hour series, we take the art of ballet and modernize it to reflect today’s social climate and public interests. We are a safe space for dancers and artists in need of a home, and collaborate often with other local Indianapolis dancers, musicians, photographers, visual artists, and actors.
Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy
Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy is dedicated to developing dancers to their fullest potential. We believe that through encouragement, discipline and dedication our professional instructors can nurture dancers to a higher degree of achievement, confidence and self-esteem.
Ballet Theatre of Indiana
The purpose of Ballet Theatre of Indiana is: To present classical and contemporary ballets to Indiana audiences To further dance education in the community To create opportunities for emerging choreographers to showcase their work To foster a spirit of cooperation between the many talented artists and arts organizations in the State of Indiana
Becky Fehsenfeld Fine Art
Becky Fehsenfeld Fine Art features the oils, watercolors, and pastels of Becky Hall Fehsenfeld, who specializes in capturing people, places, and animals from around the world in her own expressionistic style.
Beech Grove Clay Works
Beech Grove Clay Works is a pottery studio located in Beech Grove, Indiana where everyone is invited to enroll in our classes whether you are a beginner or expert. If you are a beginner, you will learn the basics in throwing, hand-building, and slab-building methods of pottery construction as well as the glazing processes. If you are an expert, you will be exposed to various inspiring and innovative artists of the region who come to Beech Grove Clay Works for studio time. Whether you are looking for a new hobby or working on your technique, Beech Grove Clay Works is a friendly and welcoming place for all people.
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has been serving up food, fun and fabulous live entertainment for everyone since 1973. Located in College Park, the theatre was part of a chain of dinner theatres built by Louisville contractor J. Scott Talbott. It was called "Beef" because of the delicious hand carved roast beef served before the performances, and "Boards" referring to the boards or stage of a theatre.
Today, the Indianapolis location is privately owned and the sole remaining Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, entertaining more than 155,000 theatergoers annually.
Each season includes professional Broadway shows, select concerts and acclaimed children's theatre productions by our resident Pyramid Players.
But a visit to Beef & Boards is more than just great theatre! We offer a tasty dinner buffet prepared by our in-house chef, plus a full-service bar and mouthwatering gourmet desserts. Be sure to stop by the Intermission gift shop for unique gift ideas, and ask about seeing more shows for less through our VIP membership program.
Come see why each year more and more people discover the value and quality of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre!
Beef & Boards is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the only union for professional actors in legitimate theatre.
Our Mission is … to create interest and participation in community theater by providing quality, entertaining theatrical productions. Our Vision is … is to be recognized as a pre-eminent community asset in Central Indiana by providing quality theatrical productions in a collaborative, welcoming, and intimate atmosphere.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is the original home and only museum dedicated to our nation’s 23rd President. Open to the public as an educational, arts, culture, and historical service, the Site seeks to: promote patriotism and citizenship through educational activities; artfully exhibit the Gilded Age time period as Harrison and his family experienced it; and provide hands-on encounters with U.S. culture and history. We are proud to be designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Beth Clary Schwier Fine Art Gallery
Fine Art Gallery in Irvington (between Jackamos and Black Acre Brewery) featuring the art of award winning Indiana Artist, Beth Clary Schwier. Beth is also a regularly featured artist in HGTV Good Bomes, filmed here in Indianapolis.
Big Car brings art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to transform communities. As an adaptive and flexible cultural organization, Big Car draws together people of all backgrounds to promote and perpetuate creativity, invigorate public places, and support better neighborhoods. Big Car is a creative community builder working to boost urban livability from an engagement-based arts and design perspective.
The organization owns and operates the Service Center for Contemporary Culture in the Lafayette Square area where they host many of their events.
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