The Indianapolis Art Center exhibits art made by working artists, runs a gift shop that offers refreshingly artistic gifts made by the resident artists, and employs professional artists to teach their community outreach classes.
The Center has its origins back in 1934, created as a WPA project. It now is considered one of the top centers for community art in the Midwest. Its vast 40,000 square foot halls and the enormous property itself can be divided into the Marilyn K. Glick School of Art, the Cultural Complex and ARTSPARK, a huge studio without walls occupying twelve acres that contain interactive and stimulating sculptures.
The Marlyn K. Glick School of Art accommodates thirteen working art studios, as well as a library containing not only art and reference books but a magnificent atrium, a studio shop, sculpture gardens, a 224-seat auditorium and the “Cultural Complex,” comprised of the “Fiber Studio” and the art studios that are the core of the Indianapolis Art Center. The Glick campus complex is considered one of the finest of its kind in the nation, fostering all types of creative efforts from Indianapolis art shows to Indianapolis performing arts.
In the entire Midwest, ARTSPARK will be rivaled only by the Fairbanks Arts and Nature Park, set to open in the Indiana Museum of Art in late 2010. ARTSPARK is not one of your everyday run-of-the-mill Indianapolis art galleries. It was created to be a playground of artwork that the public can touch, enjoy and, well, play with. The landscape of art changes across the seasons, and ARTSPARK is one of the most influential art installments in the country, fostering a love of beauty in a gorgeous outdoor environment, and encouraging those who play with it to a greater love of art created by both humans and nature.
ARTSPARK also hosts special Indianapolis events such as festivals, concerts, films, youth camps, art classes in Indianapolis and its environs, and the famous Broad Ripple Art Fair. Its space is bordered by the inspiring Monon Trail and the Canal and White River State Park in Broad Ripple Village, one of Indy’s six distinctive cultural districts. There is no admission charge to this space without gates or fences. Informative group tours are available, including box lunches and hands-on activities with the artists.
The Indianapolis Art Center is heavily invested in local and suburban Indianapolis art community outreach activities and programs, along with maintaining its principles of excellence in the arts that date back to its inception. Thus it is that the Center came to be a vortex for teachers and students to pass on and learn all about art. They strive for quality and a wide scope, and have succeeded admirably in both.
The Center has created many methods of accepting help from the public it has dedicated itself to. Donations are the life blood of the Indianapolis Art Center, and they make it easy and tax-advantageous to contribute small, medium or large gifts of appreciation and like-mindedness.
If you understand the unending benefits the arts bestow on humanity, and would like to consider making a contribution, please go to the IAC website. The spirit you buoy may be your own.
The Indianapolis Art Center
820 E 67th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
M-F 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun Noon-6 p.m