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
Mission: Arts for Lawrence connects arts to the community to inspire everyone every day.
Vision: Living Lawrence – A vibrant arts destination.
Partnerships for Lawrence offers public arts programming in visual and performing arts. The Theater at the Fort provides a venue for local performers, Lawrence Township school performances, Summer Art Camp, Monthly Poetry readings and art exhibitions. Other programs include outreach in visual arts instruction, public art installations, and a community mural program.
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.
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
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.
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.
Bloomington Creative Glass Center
The Bloomington Creative Glass Center is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing affordable, high quality education about glass to people in southern Indiana. It is open to any and all who have an interest in hot glass regardless of age or experience.
Bloomington Local Clay Potter's Guild
Local Clay Potters’ Guild is a cooperative organization that promotes individual artistic growth and promotes the artistic standing of Local Clay as a whole and contributes to the growth of interest in ceramic arts in Indiana.
Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild
The purpose of the Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild is to promote cooperation and interchange of ideas among those interested in the arts of spinning and weaving; to stimulate public appreciation for the value of spinning and weaving; to provide instruction for members in the methods and techniques of spinning, weaving and related fiber arts.
BOBDIREX was formed by Bob Harbin in 2010 with help from close friend and business associate, John Austin Butsch. A mission statement was formed “excellent production values with tight budgets, diversity in casting and dedication to the growth of the youth of Indianapolis.” BOOGIE WOOGIE HOLIDAYS will finish out our second year of production, and with strong box office and private sponsorships/donations we are surviving!! The Indianapolis Press has been generous in its praise of our efforts.
We will always be a collection of creative people, located in our city of Indianapolis, dedicated to bringing you the best entertainment possible. I hope you will take the opportunity to become a part of our family on the stage, behind the scenes, as a financial supporter or as a part of our wonderful audiences.
You’re invited to the party. We need you.
Thanks for coming out to the show!!!
Boku Artists' Co-op
Boku Artists’ Co-op is the first such gallery on the west side showcasing original artwork of local artists. The co-op offers traditional and contemporary art, pottery, glass, and metal jewelry, fabric art, sculpture, watercolors and wood art.
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, the state’s largest professionally managed community theatre, founded in 1915, provides quality live theatrical entertainment for a broad-based audience. The Theatre produces six shows during its mainstage season, featuring both large-scale musicals and popular plays, in addition to concert-style musical presentations and annual youth productions. Civic represents a unique blend of avocational actors, technicians and professional staff, and offers a wide variety of educational and community outreach programs.
The theatre has been a vital part of the city’s cultural landscape, serving audiences and cast and crew members from Indianapolis, Avon, Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Greenfield, Greenwood, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville and communities throughout Central Indiana for 95 years. Civic is the principal resident company of The Tarkington, a 500-seat state-of-the-art proscenium theater, at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
Our Mission: To provide an artistic avenue for area musicians to prepare and perform music for the enjoyment of our community and each other.
We have both a Concert Band and a Jazz Ensemble performing throughout the year. Additionally, smaller ensembles are popular among our members. Our bands are comprised of all volunteer musicians, but many are involved with music as a profession.
We rehearse at Trinity Park Methodist Church in Greenfield on Thursday evenings from 7PM to 9PM. You are welcome to bring your instrument and play.
We perform throughout the year. Our primary venue is the H. J. Ricks Centre for the Arts in Greenfield. However, we also play other locations including Trinity Park Methodist Church and Riley Park. Subscribe to our newsletter to get our latest schedule.
Brick Street Poetry
Brick Street Poetry, a nonprofit organization, endeavors to build avenues
of poetry, brick by brick, by providing opportunities to connect and
share individual experiences through poetry.
Brick Street Poetry, works at the crossroads of the poetry world to:
•Publish a high quality literary magazine
•Conduct public readings on “Brick Street” and elsewhere
•Produce world class poetry events and projects
•Connect poets worldwide with the global public & each other
Poetry on Brick Street meets at 6:30 pm on the 1st Thursday of the month at Eagle Creek Coffee Company, 10 South Main Street, Zionsville, IN
Brick Street Poetry believes exchanging the personal through poetry
leads to a better understanding of the universal and a more vibrantly
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