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 Art Center’s educational programs are intentional in facilitating the creative process of art making. The Art Center’s approach to education is warm and welcoming, but also a serious effort to engage all students in the practices of visual art. This involves equipping students with knowledge and skill, as well as empowering them to express themselves, to identify and achieve individual goals, and to develop or strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills. For decades, the Indianapolis Art Center has been a leading arts agency in the city dedicated to filling the gap in regular access to arts education among lower-income and underserved families. The Art Center’s outreach programs extend arts learning beyond the school day and support and enhance standards-based classroom curriculum. Outreach programs are rooted in Discipline Based Arts Education (DBAE), which is a comprehensive approach to arts education that incorporates four components: history, criticism, aesthetics, and production. These components play important roles in the creation and understanding of art. Outreach programs at the Art Center also foster positive youth development using strategies that promote youth outcomes relating artistic expression, identity, and community – a framework that has been validated by the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (BYAEP).
820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220
All aboard the ArtBus! This public art tour and field trip experience aims to better connect participants with the visual arts in their community and throughout Indianapolis. ArtBus routes start at your location and travel to arts and cultural institutions around town, stopping along the way to discover Indianapolis’ public art. (More detailed route information below, under Locations.) An ArtBus Conductor will help your group make sense of art works by asking open-ended questions designed to prompt close observation. S/he will also lead interactive activities that will help participants think about how art works are made and are valued, and give participants a behind-the-scenes look at artists and arts-related professions. Participants will also get an opportunity to try their hand at making their own art.
ArtBus is an ideal experience for youth 8-18 or for adults. ArtBus trips can be customized to provide professional development opportunities for visual arts educators and educators aiming to integrate history, civics, local geography with the arts.
Teresa Vazquez, Community Programs Manager
(317) 255-2464 x 2220
The Summer 2019 Art Bus will run between Monday, June 24 to Friday, August 2. Trips can be booked for mornings or afternoons of any day of the week (subject to Art Bus Conductor availability).
The ArtBus runs mornings 9am – 1 pm and afternoons, 1 pm – 5 pm
Organizations that can provide their own bus transportation can reduce their total costs!
We can accommodate up to 25 students per ArtBus trip with appropriate numbers of chaperones according to your organization’s ratios (no less than 1:10).
All ArtBus trips will include a dedicated activity space at the destination (Indianapolis Art Center or RUCKUS Makerspace).
Currently, ArtBus offers two destinations:
Indianapolis Art Center
Additionally, ArtBus offers options for different public art destinations along the way. Past locations have included: The Love Train and SOAR Murals (Monon Trail between 52nd & 54th), Paramount Peace Park (Intersection of Brookside & Nowland at Paramount School of Excellence) and White River State Park’s Arts Garden. We can also customize an ArtBus route to suit your location in the Indianapolis area (minimum of two months lead time).
With client-provided bus: $350.00
With Indianapolis Art Center coordinated bus: $550.00
Low-cost ArtBus trips are offered to a limited number of organizations during the Summer months. Contact us for more information.