Fountain Square Theatre
Originally built in 1928, the Fountain Square Theatre opened as a 1500 seat motion picture and vaudeville theatre. Decorated with an Italian garden theme and highlighted with a forty foot dome ceiling with twinkling stars, the theatre enjoyed many years as a premier entertainment venue. Closed and gutted in the late 1950's the former theatre space housed a Woolworth five and dime store, then years later a thrift shop.
After extensive renovations beginning in 1994, the Fountain Square Theatre is once again transformed into a starlit courtyard. Columned arches surround an expansive dance floor at the foot of a large stage and a balcony overlooks the main level of the theatre.
The Mezzanine level of the theatre retains much of its original architectural details such as stained glass windows and ornamental plaster reliefs.
If you are looking for a unique venue to host your wedding ceremony and/or reception, a class reunion, dance, concert, or corporate function, the Fountain Square Theatre offers an historic setting for your event.
Full Circle Nine Gallery
The Full Circle Nine Gallery is an artist-cooperative gallery located in the South Studios portion of the Circle City Industrial Complex. We take no commission from member artists, and all work together to promote each other’s art. We represent a variety of styles: Traditional, abstract, pop, 2D, 3D, and a variety of media, including painting, photography, clay, assemblage, and mixed media. We work to maintain a fun, supportive atmosphere and are welcoming to emerging artists, established artists, and those in between. We are currently open Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm, and during the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, which regularly sees large crowds. We are also available by appointment during hours convenient to patrons. Free parking is available.
Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis is a non-profit gallery space that provides a mixture of programming that highlights central Indiana contemporary artists in curated solo and group shows.
Artists wishing to submit a proposals should review the guidelines here.
HISTORY AND MISSION
In the years leading up to the Arts Council’s move from Monument Circle to North Pennsylvania Street in 2010, a large number of small, independently owned galleries and alternative exhibition spaces began closing their doors due to the vicious economic downturn. The devastating impact on the local visual arts scene cannot be overstated. The six established galleries and some smaller spaces that shut down in this two to three year period all but paralyzed the visual arts community.
In direct response to these circumstances, the Arts Council committed to create a professional level gallery suitable for high level solo shows, curated group shows and exhibitions created and presented by partner organizations. The first task was communicating with current and past gallery owners as well as non-profit exhibition space providers and artists. After conversations, meetings, and discussions with leaders in the visual arts community, the Arts Council staff and board felt confident the goal of creating a professional gallery space to supplement the current offerings was solid and supported by that community.
Today, on a budget of less than $2,000 annually, Gallery 924 hosts ten exhibitions per year highlighting central Indiana contemporary artists in solo and curated group shows and is a member and participant in the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealer’s Association First Friday Art Tour. In addition, ACI staff work to support the work and the careers of the artists exhibited in Gallery 924 long after the work comes down and the lights go off. Gallery 924 is an initiative to enhance the Indianapolis art scene and support the work and the careers of central Indiana professional artists.
Gallery 924 provides a professional exhibition space worthy of high-level curated solo and group shows. The end goal of the space is to push forward the careers of central Indiana mid-career and established artists, enabling them to build their professional resume and seek opportunities regionally and nationally. The space also seeks to give emerging and newly successful artists an opportunity to be a part of a professional group exhibition that will enable them to grow towards their first solo show.
A thriving gallery scene where all talented artists at every stage in their careers have the opportunity to be represented and show their work in a professional setting.
Garfield Park Arts Center
The Garfield Park Arts Center, part of Indy Parks & Recreation, engages visitors in diverse, artistic and cultural exhibitions, arts classes, and special events. It features performing arts spaces, visual arts galleries, classrooms, and a literary arts library.
The Garfield Park Arts Center strives to inspire and build a community of arts learners, leaders, and organizations.
Indy Parks Mission:
We connect communities by providing places and experiences that inspire healthy living, social engagement, and a love of nature.
The GPAC was originally called the Community House and was built in 1922. It was designed to look like a picnic shelter with enclosed walls, high ceilings, and fireplaces at each end. In 1930 a large swimming pool was located in the area that is currently the GPAC parking lot. At that time, the Community House was used as a locker room and recreation center. In 1990 the pool was removed and replaced by the Aquatic Center that is now located at the Burrello Family Center.
In 2006 the Community House was remodeled and enlarged using a $2.7 million grant to become the Garfield Park Arts Center. The 8,000 square foot facility now houses a multi-use performing arts space, an exhibition hall, visual and production arts classrooms, recording studio, a literary arts library, and a rehearsal room.
Garfield Park Branch Library
The Garfield Park Branch, formerly known as the Shelby Branch, serves a lively and diverse population on the south side of Indianapolis. Its current name reflects the desire of neighborhood residents to refer to the branch by their beloved and well-known Garfield Park, which sits adjacent to the branch.
The original Shelby Branch opened on September 9, 1918 when the south side was still mainly farmland. The library was first housed in the old District School No. 34 at 2359 Shelby Street. Construction began on a 6,400-square-foot facility in 1964, and the new Shelby Branch opened on November 8, 1965. Following a major renovation project in the summer and fall of 2011, the library reopened as the Garfield Park Branch on November 3, 2011.
General Public Collective
General Public is an artist-run project space and concept shop dedicated to sharing ideas through exhibitions, performances and original works of art.
Georgia Street’s three-block street and walkway connects the Indiana Convention Center, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Circle Centre, a collection of restaurants, residences, hotels and the historic St. John’s Catholic Church. Whether on your lunch break or visiting for the weekend, you’ll find sports events, food truck festivals and outdoor cafes all along the street.
Enjoy a splash of culture right in the middle of busy Downtown Indy. Intriguing public art on the street includes Wooden’s Legacy (affectionately known as The Legs) by Jeffrey Rouse. The bronze sculpture pays homage to John Wooden, a famous Hoosier known worldwide for his winning basketball coaching style. Find more culture right down the block at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. This urban church serves a diverse population that ranges from traditional parishioners, young adults and college students, daily Mass goers.
Go beyond the hustle and bustle of Downtown and enjoy this urban, outdoor public space.
Grove Haus is an historic church just minutes from downtown Indianapolis, which has been revitalized into Unique Urban Space for all to re-imagine. Located in the North Square/Fountain Square Cultural District, just a 1/2 block off the Cultural Trail at Virginia Ave and Grove Ave. This is a great space for concerts, theatre productions, dance, art exhibits, private parties, and weddings. There is also a place for yoga classes, exercise classes, seminars, fundraisers, and many other possibilities. Please check below to see what all is happening in the Haus.
Hancock County Arts Council: Twenty North Gallery
Hancock County Arts provides leadership for the creative community by encouraging, celebrating, and promoting arts and culture throughout Hancock County Indiana. The council is based in an art gallery in downtown Greenfield and hosts new art exhibits, workshops, and arts-related meetings throughout the year.
HCA is a 501(c)3 organization supported by grants, memberships, and volunteers.
Haughville Branch Library
Branch 2, the longest continuously operating branch of the Indianapolis Public Library system, originally opened in December, 1896 in a small frame building occupied by a Gospel Rescue Mission. It was located at the corner of Brookside Avenue and Tenth Street. In early 1897 the village known as Haughville became a part of the city and soon afterwards the residents petitioned for a library. Branch 2 was moved from the east side to 2523 West Walnut, a small frame building in the yard of School No. 52. It eventually became known as The Haughville Branch, reflecting the neighborhood it served. The branch moved again in 1901 to the former Town Hall on Germania Avenue, later renamed Belleview Place. In this storefront building the library was expanded three times from a small, one-room library to encompass the entire first floor. A fire in 1904 partially destroyed the library, consuming much of the furniture and more than 400 books. It soon reopened in the same location, and remained there until it relocated to the Michigan Plaza Shopping Center near Holt Road in 1972.
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