IIt’s time for the annual Independent Music + Art Festival (IMAF) with the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange (IHE) on June 15th from noon to 8pm, presented by the Harrison Center and Circle City Apartments. Now in its 18th year, IMAF is a free, daylong festival held in Indy’s Old Northside neighborhood highlighting the best independent local and regional musicians, visual artists, food vendors and crafters. Founded in 2002, IMAF celebrates musicians who perform original live music and artists who create original work.
In the courtyard of the historic Harrison Center, two stages feature continuous music throughout the day. Rusty Redenbacher returns as emcee of the music portion of the event. An exciting line-up from a wide range of musical genres is in store for attendees. The 2019 IMAF band line-up includes:
Inside the building and surrounding the Harrison Center, over 100 vendors peddle their wares in the juried INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Summer Show. IHE is a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies. The IHE began in 2007 as a way to highlight local crafters and artisans as well as to expose Indianapolis to some of the best vendors on the national indie craft fair map.
Inside the Harrison Center, our galleries feature work by Benny Sanders, Derrick Carter, David M. Seward, Joseph Arens, Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi, Benaiah Cusack and Matt Kenyon.
A variety of food trucks will provide delicious food options and Sun King Brewery and New Day Craft will serve locally produced beer and cider. ArtMix returns with their popular “Here’s the Scoop!” ice cream fundraiser.
As part of the Harrison Center’s Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative, this year’s festival is coordinated by Herron High School senior, Donnie Smith. The Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative was created to give high school and college students the opportunity to learn and practice the five steps of cultural entrepreneurship: seeing a need, taking a risk, leveraging resources, investing energy and networking to build culture in Indianapolis.
With support from: Circle City Apartments, Sun King Brewery, Plat Collective, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, the Speck Fund and Matinee Creative.
About the Harrison Center
The Harrison Center is a community-based, nonprofit arts organization that seeks to be a catalyst for renewal in the city of Indianapolis. Founded in 2001, the organization’s work is two-fold. The Harrison Center for the Arts is home to 36 artist studios and five galleries with programming that is designed to foster the creation of new art, build community among artists and emerging art patrons, create new partnerships, and provide a forum for public conversations between artists and the community. The Harrison Center for the City seeks to connect people to culture, community, and place to strengthen Indianapolis’s core urban neighborhoods. For more information on the Harrison Center, call 317.396.3886 or visit www.harrisoncenter.org. Connect with the Harrison Center on social media at Facebook/HarrisonCenterArts or Twitter/@HarrisonCenterArts.