The Broad Ripple Art Fair, 45 years old this year, is everything great about Indianapolis. It’s a whole weekend filled with art, creativity, music, food and fun, and has traditionally served as Indy’s kick-off to the summer season. It’s also the largest fundraiser for the Indianapolis Art Center, who, for 81 years now, has been connecting hundreds of thousands of people to the arts through art classes, exhibitions and arts outreach to kids who don’t usually get a lot of art in school.
This year, we’ve taken the mantle of “Indy’s Art Fair,” and on May 16th and 17th, we’ll show you why. And, we’ve invited Sun King back to make it all more fresh, local and fun. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect at this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair:
You can’t have an art fair without the artists, and the Broad Ripple Art Fair boasts over 225 professional artists and artisans from around the country (and a good bunch of homegrown talent too). What’s special about our fair is that, not only can you find amazing, one-of-a-kind artwork, you can meet the artists who create it. You can hear their stories and personally connect to the creativity that guides the hand of each artist at the fair.
Inside our studios, you can be an artist at this year’s art fair too! All weekend, our artist-instructors will be leading hands-on art classes, demonstrations and activities for anyone who’s curious about what it’s like to make art at the Art Center. All during the fair, you can learn to fling, drip and pour paint like Jackson Pollock, or learn to throw and form clay on a potter’s wheel, or pound and build metal into your own unique jewelry, or take part in a community mural. Everyone goes home with their own art! Our resident artists will also be on hand showing off their skills and talents, like how they turn molten fire into glass art, or use smoke and fire to make gorgeous Raku pottery, or forge metal into a work of art.
Art isn’t only what hangs on walls in museums and galleries. Sometimes it’s found on a plate of lovingly prepared food made with the same care and creativity as a painting or sculpture. This year, we’ve invited dozens of chefs to bring the art of food and drink to the fair. Check out the list of locally-focused and gourmet restaurants, breweries (Sun King!) and vintners at this year’s fair. And come hungry!
There’s so much more! All weekend will feature non-stop performances on three stages: a WFYI Blues Houseparty stage hosted by Indy’s blues ambassador, Matthew Socey; a WTTS Lawn Stage, featuring jazz and rock from from local favorites and up and coming stars; a Christel Dehaan Family Foundation Cultural Arts Stage featuring dance, performance and song by local arts and culture organizations. New this year - interactive art activities and creative games for all ages! For kids - a WFYI Kids Stage featuring Daniel Tiger of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and three Prizm - the Artist’s Supply store - creativity zones all around the fair for fun, quick art activities for kids.
Want to start the weekend early? Join us Friday night, May 15th for the Broad Ripple Art Fair Preview Party, presented by Turkle & Associates. You’ll get a sneak peek and early access to over 50 art fair artists, (and get all the good stuff before the masses come!). You’ll also be treated to tons of food, beer, wine and tea tastings by local chefs, brewers and food artists.
One ticket gets you all of that. And, it helps the Indianapolis Art Center engage, enlighten and inspire the community through art. Get your tickets today!