Butler Arts Center
ABOUT THE BUTLER ARTS CENTER
In the heart of Indianapolis is a home for passion, creativity, innovation, and the highest caliber of professional and student performances – the Butler Arts Center.
The Butler Arts Center (BAC) is Central Indiana’s premier home for diverse performing arts programming and education. Through professional presentation, artist collaborations, commissioning, public and school outreach and community engagement we encourage the creation, appreciation, and understanding of the arts. The BAC brings people together for shared experiences that inspire and sustain our current and next generation of arts participants and patrons.
The Butler Arts Center is dedicated to meaningful experiences in and through the arts. Our mission is to bring people together to celebrate community.
Who We Serve
The Butler Arts Center has a unique role amongst University managed Performing Arts Centers. The BAC serves the Butler University, Indianapolis and larger Central Indiana communities and hosts over 250,000 patrons annually for a variety of presentations that provide shared experiences in the performing and visual arts.
Consolidating four arts venues on the campus of Butler University under one umbrella organization, The Butler Arts Center is anchored by Clowes Memorial Hall, which seats 2,123 and after 53 years remains Indiana’s most versatile and professional venue, having welcomed the world’s greatest talent and personalities—a star-studded list that includes Maya Angelou and Jimmy Fallon, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis and Sir Elton John.
The Schrott Center for the Arts, completed in 2013, adds a one-of-a-kind, student- and community-focused facility to the Butler Arts Center. At just 454 seats, but with a full-size proscenium stage, the venue is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally well-suited for music, dance, and theatre.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall seats 138 in a space ideal for intimate recitals, concerts, talks, and lectures.
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre is home to the renowned Butler Theatre who produce a wide range of classics, world premieres, and devised works.
Together, Clowes Memorial Hall, the Schrott Center for the Arts, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, and Lilly Hall Studio Theatre form Central Indiana’s premier destination for the performing arts, the Butler Arts Center. We invite you to join us this year for exciting programming that intertwine knowledge and creativity to activate your curiosity.
Butler University offers a wide variety of music, dance and theatre events. It is also the home to Clowes Memorial Hall, which presents both university and touring events.
Butler University Ballet
Butler Ballet, the performance component of the program, is modeled after a professional company. Butler Ballet performs the classics because they are the foundation of the department’s philosophy and training. Being central to artistic development, students learn historically and technically while performing lengthy 19th century grand ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Cinderella or Giselle.
The department of dance recognizes that versatility is essential to the work of a professional dancer. Butler Ballet contributes to that training by performing licensed and commissioned choreographic works along with original works by the faculty. Recent masterpieces performed by the Butler Ballet include George Balanchine’s Serenade and Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom and students have experienced the creative process with such masters as James Kudelka and Stephen Mills.
Calligraphy Guild of Indiana
The purpose of the guild is to be a catalyst for the study of letterform and related arts in Indiana. Meetings are held the third Saturday of every other month, usually at Bates Art Supply Store near Lafayette Square.
Capital City Chorus
This nationally recognized and award-winning women’s show chorus presents a year-round season of concerts and shows that feature a large repertoire of musical genres. Performances offer selected themes and high-energy choreography.
Carmel Arts Council
The council supports and promotes visual, performing, and literary arts in the Carmel/Clay area. It offers The World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery according to Guinness Records. Artwork is exhibited from a different school each month during the school year. The gallery is open September through May on Friday and Saturday from 2 to 5pm and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. excluding holidays or by appointment. Admission is free. The council also offers an expanding performing arts program and two arts scholarships each year.
Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the Carmel Clay Public Library as a community resource by raising public and private funds for special projects and by building an endowment for the financial security and long term excellence of the library.
The annual signature fundraising event for the benefit of the Library is the fall "Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon" hosted by the Guild of the Foundation.
Carmel Community Players, Inc.
The mission of the Carmel Community Players is to provide quality, live, dramatic and musical presentations that expand and develop creative, cultural, and educational opportunities for the entire community.
Carmel Repertory Theatre
Welcome to the Carmel Repertory Theatre! We are a non-profit community arts collective that encourages self-expression through theater, music and dance. We believe that art is an essential part of any thriving community. We believe that arts lift the spirit and raise the collective consciousness of the citizens of Carmel. We collaborate with artists and artistic organizations in an effort to facilitate mutual support, recognition, and the exchanging of ideas. We work to encourage a thriving community of artists and appreciation of art within Carmel. We facilitate classes, lectures, performances, and exhibits in an effort to enrich the lives of all citizens of Carmel. The Carmel Repertory Theatre strives to unleash the artistic potential of every community member.
Carmel Repertory Theatre, Inc. seeks to develop, engage, and challenge audiences and volunteers through the expansion of theater education and performance for both artists and the greater Carmel community.
Carmel Symphony Orchestra
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, established in 1976 and directed by Dr. David Bowden, is a 70-member community orchestra comprised of professional and volunteer musicians. The CSOâ€™s subscription series includes six family-friendly concerts (a mix of classics and pops), a holiday concert, and a family fun concert. The CSO also sponsors an annual young artist competition.
Carnatic Music Association of Indianapolis
Carnatic Music Association of Indianapolis is a community based, not for profit, cultural association which is committed to preserving and promoting arts in the Central Indiana area. Since its inception since the year 1987, CMAI has arranged a diverse set of programs each year with both vocal and instrumental concerts by various artists from the Indian sub-continent.
A dedicated executive committee and the support of the members and the community have helped us maintain a strong cultural presence in Central Indiana. Our mission is to arrange concerts and dance programs of South India. Among CMAI’s objectives as a non-profit organization is promoting, preserving and propagating the fine art of Carnatic music across Central Indiana, we strive to educate and promote our unique cultural heritiage into our younger generation by conducting musical camps to enrich their knowledge.
CMAI has fostered an appreciation for Carnatic music in the Indianapolis area via its events conducted each year. One of them being our annual Composers’ day function, that is run by our members. It provides a platform for them to showcase their talents in vocal, instrumental, percussion music and also in the form on classical dance performances .
The Castlewood Singers is an acapella ensemble of 22 singers from Indianapolis. Their music incorporates a wide variety of choral styles, including classical, contemporary, sacred, spirituals and Broadway tunes.
The Center for Creative Arts Gallery is an artist cooperative located in Carmel. It represents award-winning artists who create affordable originals in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, collage, fiber and 3D works in wood, ceramin, galss and paper. The entire gallery is showcased with all new work every other month. Fine Art and Fine Gifts!
Center for Interfaith Cooperation
"Hoosiers of many faiths in community." VISION A community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation. MISSION To strengthen community in central Indiana and beyond by: Supporting existing connections between and among faith communities; Fostering additional interfaith opportunities through social, cultural, and educational interactions; and Connecting interfaith communities through volunteer service and civic engagement.
Center for the Performing Arts
The Center for the Performing Arts is a three-venue, world-class performing arts center located in Carmel, Indiana. The Center will boast a state-of-the-art, acoustically perfect 1,600-seat concert hall, dubbed the Palladium, a 500-seat proscenium theater, called the Tarkington, and a 200-seat studio theater.
The Center for the Performing Arts plays host to a diverse lineup of local, national and international arts programming, including the Great American Song Book Series, jazz, dance, classical, chamber, choral and country concerts, plus appearances by world famous symphonies like the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, singers and musicians, a variety of plays and musicals, intimate cabaret performances, one night stands by America’s favorite comedians, and a host of other entertainment options that will enhance the quality of life in Central Indiana and throughout the Midwest.
Center Grove Choirs
Center Grove High School Vocal Music Department, home of eight choral ensembles, is recognized throughout the country as one of the finest. Some of the accolades that our choirs have received include consecutive years of National Grand Champion status at both FAME and Showstoppers Show Choir and Concert Choir Competitions, a feature in Choral Director Magazine as well as numerous appearances in local newspapers and news channels, Mixed, Unisex, Concert, and Festival Division Grand Champions at regional competitions, as well as a the standard for excellence in high school choral music in the greater Indianapolis area.
Center Stage Community Theatre
Center Stage Community Theatre of Lebanon, IN, has been producing high quality theatrical performances for the last fifteen years. To date we have produced more than 46 plays, comedies, dramas, mysteries,satires, and one musical. For years we performed on the high school stage, then on a grade school stage, although we have been known to produce a show in the American Legion, the Elks Club, an empty building, a large bookstore, outside on a street, and even a person’s home.
Center Stage Productions
The Mission Statement of Center Stage Productions
Center Stage Productions, a faith-based community theater, exists at Southport Presbyterian Church to develop the artistic talents of members of our community and to produce quality family entertainment in a Christ-centered atmosphere.
Encourage and strengthen the creative talents of each person.
Assist in the spiritual development of all involved.
Provide quality entertainment that is family friendly and is consistent with biblical messages and truths.
Center Stage Productions is, by leaps and bounds, and with critical acclaim, becoming the leading community theater production company on the south side of Indianapolis. Since 1997 we’ve introduced hundreds of theater goers to positive and heartening drama experiences.
What makes Center Stage Productions stand out above the crowd? Good question! Our continuing goal is to become a premier producer of quality family entertainment. We aim to present a wide spectrum of dramatic works that are at times comedic, at times provocative, at times heart wrenching—and always in good taste. We strive to be a place where you can bring the whole family with confidence, knowing that your ticket dollar will provide theater that will entertain, not embarrass. For more information, please call the Southport Presbyterian Church office at 317-534-2926 and leave a message for Center Stage Productions.
Central Indiana Dance Ensemble
The Central Indiana Dance Ensemble is committed to providing cultural and educational enrichment to the central Indiana community. CIDE presents ballet performances, provides a vehicle for youth to be trained in ballet principles, and gives youth the opportunity to perform and train in ballet at a regional level with other pre-professional dancers and professional teachers.
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
BRINGING THE WORLD TO INDIANAPOLIS
With 472,900-square feet, more than 120,000 artifacts, and over 1 million visitors each year, we are the largest children’s museum in the world.
Since it was first established in 1925, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has expanded to become one of the top-ranked, most-respected children’s museums in the nation, providing one-of-a-kind experiences that range from our immersive Dinosphere© to the exquisite, five-story Fireworks of Glass sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
The Children’s Museum is at the forefront of creating learning experiences with the power to transform the lives of children and families. We are also a pioneer in both the education and museum worlds, offering engaging exhibits, interpretive activities, standards-based school programs, and teacher development workshops.
An important part of our success takes place outside the walls of the museum, through neighborhood partnerships, community outreach efforts, and the positive economic impact of museum attendance on the economy of central Indiana.
We welcome visitors from across the country and around the world, and are honored to serve our friends from the Hoosier state as a neighborhood partner, a community advocate, and a cultural leader.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, located at 3000 N. Meridian St., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Mondays, Labor Day-March only).
Christel House International
Nonprofit: Christel House helps children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Christian Youth Theater
CYT was founded in 1981 in San Diego, California by Paul and Sheryl Russell, who also founded Christian COmmunity Theater (CCT) for actors of all ages. Since 1981, CYT has grown to be the nation’s largest children’s theater organization with programs in thirteen states. Every session, more than 12,000 children participate in classes, and over 100,000 community members attend their performances.
Becuase CYT does not own facilities, the organization rents space in the local community, utilizing classrooms and stages in churches, schools and local theaters. CYT is not affiliated with a particular church body, and people of all faiths are welcome.
CYT stands in the forefront in its committment to the highest ethical, moral, technical and artistic standards of excellence. Instructors are professionals, qualified in teaching and/or performing, who must understand our mission statement, values, objectives and goals. All CYT staff strive to be excellent role models.
Circle City Chamber Group
The Circle City Chamber Group brings together professionals from all across Indianapolis, including artists and businesses that share a desire to promote and develop Indianapolis’ cultural landscape. CCCG events offer a balanced diet of experiences in music, visual art, and the culinary arts – and all in the same night.
Circle City Classic
The classic’s mission is to support educational achievement, promote cultural excellence, while showcasing the spirit, energy and tradition of America’s historically black colleges and universities.
The Circle City Classic is a joint collaboration between Indiana Black Expo. Inc. and the Indiana Sports Corporation. The net proceeds from the Classic help fund scholarships and support youth initiatives for each organization. Since 1984, over 1 million dollars have been awarded to deserving Indiana natives who pursue higher education.
It was Rev. Charles Williams vision not only to promote educational achievements, but also to create one of the most spectacular African American events in the country to showcase the economic spending power of African Americans. With assistance from the Lilly Endowment along with a host of volunteers, Indiana Black Expo and the Indiana Sports Corporation brought Rev. Charles William’s vision to a reality.
On October 13, 1984, the Circle City Classic was born. Jerry Rice and the Mississippi State Delta Devils battled the Grambling State Tigers and legend Coach Eddie Robinson. Entering its third decade, the Classic has evolved from just a football game into a well recognized and well respected organization with year round programs designed to enhance the mental and physical development of our youth. Some of these programs include year round College Readiness Workshops, Challenge of Champions, Miss Circle City Classic Coronation, Classic Youth Football and Cheerleading Clinic, as well as the scholarship program. The Classic has surpassed the expectations of many throught its 25 years.
The goal of the Classic is to honor the legacy of Rev. Charles Williams by continuing to provide opportunities for youth as well as supporting educational achievement and promoting cultural excellence in the community.
Circle City Classic. The Name Says It All.
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