Forced by the pandemic to cancel one of the city’s largest annual arts gatherings, the Indianapolis Art Center will fill that same weekend with a new, smaller festival with a hyperlocal focus.
Locally Made, Presented by OneAmerica on May 15 and 16 is a new community event that showcases the talents of Central Indiana creators through art, music, food and drink.
Tickets are on sale beginning today.
Hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center and Indy Jazz Fest, the festival will feature such Indy musicians as Josh Kaufman, winner of The Voice Season 6; The Blue Side featuring Tad Robinson; Gordon Bonham and Rob Dixon; Cathy Morris on electric violin; Clint Breeze and the Groove and many more.
While musicians are on stage, local visual artists will showcase and sell one-of-a-kind art in the festival setting. There will be roaming musical acts, spoken word artists and performances by Young Actors Theatre and other local organizations. Guests will also find a collection of artful culinary offerings, with everything from gourmet tacos and burgers, ice cream, local beer, wine, coffees and more offered up by local favorites including Neal Brown’s One Trick Pony and the Jazz Kitchen.
To ensure a safe environment, only 1,500 tickets are currently expected to be available each day, and Locally Made will take place entirely outdoors in the Indianapolis Art Center’s ARTSPARK, which features a new stage overlooking the White River, as well as a sculpture garden, green space and riverfront deck.
“The pandemic has made everyone aware of how critical it is to support local businesses and makers, and this is one more way we can put our local creative folks to work and benefit from their creativity for a vibrant, exciting – and safe – event,” said Mark Williams president of the Indianapolis Art Center.
“Meanwhile, we’re already working on plans for a huge celebration in May 2022, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair,” he added.
The OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair has become one of Indianapolis’ most beloved and anticipated annual events, attracting approximately 15,000 people for food, music and creations by artists from throughout the country.
WHAT: Locally Made, Presented by OneAmerica
WHEN: May 15 and 16, noon to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St. in Broad Ripple
WHO: Local artists, musicians, food artisans
TICKETS: General Admission is $35 per person per day.
Youth age 4-12 is $10 per day. Age 3 and under free.
VIP ticket, which includes special performances and specialty food and drink, is $100 per person per day.
Tickets available beginning April 1, and lineup to be posted at www.LocallyMadeIndy.com.
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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 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.
Indy Jazz Fest
Celebrating more than 22 years as a mainstay in the Indianapolis arts and culture scene, the annual Indy Jazz Fest is the premier event of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation preserves, promotes and celebrates Jazz, a uniquely American musical art form, through performances, educational programs, and programs that honor the important contributions, past and present, of members of the Indianapolis jazz community. More info at indyjazzfoundation.org and indyjazzfest.net.
Jen Schmits Thomas, JTPR, email@example.com, 317-441-2487