After a two-year hiatus, the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair is back on May 14 and 15, ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary that was postponed by the pandemic. Tickets for the outdoor festival hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center go on sale April 1.
Launched in 1971 on the concrete parking deck that used to span a few blocks of the canal in Broad Ripple, the Broad Ripple Art Fair started with about 100 artists who propped their works against fences and curbs and displayed them on card tables.
A half-century later, that casual affair has become a sophisticated anchor in the city’s cultural calendar, drawing artists from across North America and visitors from all over to the campus of the Art Center and its ARTSPARK. Nearly 15,000 people are expected to visit the event during two days packed with visual art, music and food.
Artists apply to participate in the Broad Ripple Art Fair, and only a fraction of those who apply are chosen. The 2022 fair will feature 150 artists from across the U.S. to showcase and sell their work. Mediums include painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and much more. It also will bring back an “Emerging Artists” area where selected Art Center students and college students will exhibit and sell their work.
This year, music will play a larger role in creating the festival environment with performances that will include local stars Rob Dixon, Pavel Polanco Safadit, Bahiri Asad, The Doo Band, The Blue Side, Living Proof and more, all curated by Indy Jazz Fest.
“In celebration of the 50th anniversary, we’ll have a memory wall where people can share their art fair memories and take new ones with them,” said Mark Williams, president of the Indianapolis Art Center. “We’ve already received memories from the family of the originator of the art fair, Marjorie Beal, and we’re eager to reconnect with others who were involved in the early years.”
Income from the event supports the Indianapolis Art Center programs, which include hundreds of classes and camps, more than a dozen contemporary art exhibitions that are free and open to the public, an outreach program called ArtReach that takes youth and teen art classes into underserved communities, ArtTroop for veterans and active-duty military, and much more.
WHAT: 50th Anniversary OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis
TICKETS: $10 Child Ticket* (Ages 5-12, Children 4 and under are free.)
$15 Early Bird Adult Ticket* (April 1-10)
$20 Adult Ticket* (April 11-May 13)
$25 Adult Ticket* (Day Of)
$65 VIP Ticket* (Includes one day Art Fair ticket and VIP Deck pass)
$150 Preview Party +VIP Weekend Experience – All Access, All Weekend! (Preview party on May 13, ticket for Saturday and Sunday, VIP parking pass and VIP Deck pass)
*Please note: Tickets are sold separately for Saturday and Sunday and give you access to one day only.
Tickets available beginning April 1, at 9 a.m. at https://indyartcenter.org/
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Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center builds community through art. Every year, the nonprofit offers hundreds of classes and camps, more than 50 art exhibitions in six galleries, an outreach program that takes art into underserved communities, and the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair. Located in Broad Ripple, along the banks of the White River and steps from the Monon Trail, the Art Center includes a building designed by world-renowned architect and Indianapolis native Michael Graves and Indianapolis’ original ARTSPARK, an outdoor creativity and sculpture garden and green space with trails. More info at indplsartcenter.org.
Jen Schmits Thomas, JTPR, firstname.lastname@example.org, (317) 441-2487