Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts, offers dynamic experiences for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, and a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit


  4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208



St. Mary's Child Center at Newfields Preschool

Program description

Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, Newfields offers an on-campus preschool for children ages 3 to 5.

Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, daily the children experience original works of art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; explore The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, historic Lilly House, Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, and The Garden; and work on projects inspired by their environment.

The St. Mary’s Child Center at Newfields Preschool is a half-day preschool that offers a five-day program, three-day program, or two-day program from 9 – 11:30 am for the school year (August – May). The low child to adult ratio (6:1) provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child.

Booking / scheduling contact

Calvin Caskey

   317-923-1331 x206

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Multi-Discipline, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multi-Cultural
Program type:
Population served: Pre-K, Students with Disabilities
Subject: Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Social Emotional Learning
Bilingual: No
Length of program: 2 1/2 hours


Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes