On May 18 and 19, the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair will come home to a new series of activities and a fresh layout for a creative, activity-filled event entirely on the Indianapolis Art Center’s campus. This beautiful 9.5-acre park sits on 67th Street at the nexus of the Monon Trail and White River, and its facilities offer opportunities for intimate and inviting artist booths, unique art experiences, and increased accessibility for patrons.
On 67th Street and adjacent lots, visitors will immediately be immersed in a street fair with artist booths, food trucks, and art demonstrations. In and around the Art Center’s building will be a variety of interactive activities for all ages, as well as chances to watch working artists create pieces across all types of mediums—from painting to glassblowing to wheelthrowing and even metalsmithing.
Two stages will come alive to showcase a diverse set of musical acts and performing arts. Artist booths and related activities will span the grounds toward the White River and ArtsPark, inviting guests to enjoy the confluence of art, beauty, and nature.
With new growth in and around the Broad Ripple community, the Indianapolis Art Center and OneAmerica organizers hope to realize new ways to benefit our artists and visitors while pushing toward an exciting direction for future Art Fair experiences to come.
The new street fair-like model will also lead to a more enjoyable event for all interested in visiting. Not only will it be more accessible to folks with wheelchairs, kids, and strollers, but it will offer a streamlined path that gives fair goers a chance to see everyone’s work without missing a beat.
“The Art Center and Broad Ripple Art Fair were founded on the principles of supporting artists and increasing cultural literacy in the city,” says Kyle Herrington, the Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Events, and director of the fair itself. “Opportunities like this year’s layout improvements are chances to re-evaluate those goals and make sure we’re holding strong to our mission and patrons.”
The mission of the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair is “one artist, one at a time,” and by re- imagining the footprint of the fair to Art Center grounds, organizers bring home the mission and spirit of the weekend. As the largest annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis Art Center, the event promises to be an exciting weekend kick-off to the summer art season while serving artists and the greater Indianapolis community year-round.
Tickets: $13-$15, adults; $3-$5, children 3-12; free, children under 3. RSVP here.