Quick Links: Getting There | Class Registrations | Weather Delays & Closures | Development | Membership
Where are you located?
The Indianapolis Art Center is located off of College Avenue in the heart of Broad Ripple on a beautiful riverbank property, ideally located on the Monon Trail.
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
When can I visit?
Our exhibitions are open 7 days a week at no charge, supporting the work of more than 100 local artists and arts educators each year. If you are signed up for a class, you are welcome to use the studio during your class or open studio time.
Monday-Friday 9 am-10 pm
Saturday 9 am-6 pm
Sunday Noon-6 pm
Between Semester Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm
Saturday 9 am-6 pm
Sunday Noon-6 pm
Where can I park?
Guests and students are welcome to park in the south parking lot, which is closest to the main entrance of the Art Center, or in the east parking lot, which is closest to the Monon Trail. There is also parking on the west side of the campus near the Cultural Complex, which is ideal for students taking classes that meet in the Cultural Complex building.
What do I need to bring to class? Are there materials I need to buy ahead of time?
Any materials you need to bring to the first class would be specified in the class notes under ‘syllabus and supply list’. If the class does not specify anything to bring, it means students are not expected to bring materials for the first class and they may be given a list of materials they need to purchase at that time. In any department, you should come to class in clothes that can get messy, or bring an apron/smock to protect your clothing.
I will be out of town for part of the class, can I just pay for the sessions I'm attending?
No, unfortunately we do not prorate class fees and are unable to take payments for individual class sessions. You may discuss absences with your instructor and you are welcome to come in during open studio time to catch ups on your project. If you are going to miss several class sessions, we highly recommend registering for a class that may fit your schedule better.
What if I need to drop out of a class?
If you need to drop out of a class, please notify Guest Services at least 7 days before the first class meeting, at that time you may either get a full refund, or transfer the full amount of class fees toward another class registration. Please see our full refund and transfer policies for Classes, Camps, Pop-ups and Workshops at https://www.indplsartcenter.org/policies. Not attending class does not constitute an official drop out. Refunds and transfers that are outside our our stated policy may be made on a case by case basis by the Guest Services Manager and Education Program Managers.
If I get on a waitlist, should I come to the first class?
If a spot in a full class opens up, a Guest Services member will call to notify students on the waitlist. While Guest Services contacts everyone on the waitlist, any open spot(s) are available on a first come, first served basis. If you do not hear from us, unfortunately that means there are no available spots and you may either sign up for an another class or wait until the next session and register early!
Can't you just squeeze me into a full class?
Class limits are set for the benefit of all students. If classes get too crowded, there may not be enough work space, tools or individual instruction. With these things in mind it is very important to adhere to class maximums. The Art Center may open additional sections of popular classes if demand is high and there is studio and instructor availability to do so. Be sure to sign up early to avoid missing out!
Why do classes get canceled?
We find it as frustrating as you do to cancel classes and do everything we can to make classes run. We are constantly working to promote our classes and reach out to new students while retaining our current students. To provide classes at an affordable rate we must maintain an enrollment minimum that is based on the cost to run classes in each of our individual studios, and unfortunately if that minimum is not met we do need to cancel particular classes.
How can I find out about a weather delay or closure at the Art Center?
We currently utilize the following ways to communicate a delay or closing: updates on our website front page, updates on our phone system recording, posts to social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and updates to news outlets WTHR, WISH-TV, Fox 59, WRTV in the closings and delays section. We also have a text alert system in place that you can sign up for at https://www.remind.com/join/1acstudent or by texting @1acstudent to 81010.
Are makeups provided for cancelled classes or closure of the Art Center?
If the Indianapolis Art Center cancels classes, make up time will be scheduled within the same semester, dependent on studio and instructor availability.
Can I just come in and use the studios without signing up for a class?
We only offer open studio to students who are enrolled for the current semester. Open studio time is included with all adult class registrations, so we encourage you to sign up!
***However, in the Ceramics, Darkroom and Painting studios only, we do offer paid open studios to Art Center members at a rate of $30.00 for 3 hours. If you would like to purchase Open Studio time, please see our Open Studio Calendars for available times and dates. Open Studio time in these studios may be purchased at the Guest Services desk.
My child is below the age limit for a class. Can he or she get in?
We strive to create a positive, comfortable environment conducive to learning and art-marking for youth and teens. We adhere to age limits for our classes and must abide by those to create the best experience for all of our students. If you have a student that is particularly close to a birthday to put them under/over the limit of the class, please reach out to Guest Services and they will be able to guide you to the best option for your student.
What are Make It Take Its?
Make It Take Its are two-hour art classes that allow you to explore a wide range of mediums and artistic styles. These guided experiences take place alongside an engaging community of students and makers, and are taught by talented Art Center instructors. Discover the enriching practice of creating without any pressure to master the art form or commit to an entire semester of classes. All ages are welcome unless otherwise indicated on individual class descriptions.
How can I help support the Art Center?
There are many ways to give to the Indianapolis Art Center including a tax-deductible donation in any amount, planned giving, helping with a studio wish list, and volunteering. Your gift to the Indianapolis Art Center ensures that the Art Center can continue to provide art education, outreach, and exhibitions to the community. Click here for more information.
Would I receive benefits for a donation?
Possibly! A donation of $250 or more includes Art Center membership benefits but a donation is an investment in this creative community and helps achieve the Art Center’s mission.
What’s the difference between a membership and a donation?
Donations are given to an organization with the primary purpose of being philanthropic, to make a difference and change lives. Donors want to help further the organization’s mission with their support. Members are looking for a relationship with the organization that includes special benefits, discounts, and additional communication from the organization.
What are the benefits of a membership?
Art Center members get exclusive early access to course registration, with a 10% discount during the early access period. You'll also receive occasional discounts on merchandise, workshops, art camps, and more at various times throughout the year. Additionally, your membership comes with the satisfaction of contributing to local arts and ensuring our impact on Indianapolis continues. Click here to learn more.
Is my membership tax deductible?
Yes! Your membership is fully tax deductible. Within 2 weeks of your membership purchase, you should receive a thank you letter with relevant tax information included.
Do I need to be a member to come to an exhibition opening?
Not at all! We encourage everyone to attend exhibition openings to enjoy art on display, whether you're a member or not. If you're a member you will receive an invitation and notice in advance of upcoming events.
Do I need to be a member to take classes at the Art Center?
No, you do not need to be a member to take classes at the Art Center. However, if you're planning on taking more than one class per year, you'll usually save money by being an Art Center member, especially if you sign up during the member-exclusive early registration period.
Do I need a membership to participate in the annual Student Show?
Yes. A Student Show participant must be a member of the Art Center who has taken an Art Center class within the last two years.
At which local art supply stores do members receive a discount?
As a member you receive a 10% early registration discount when signing up for classes before open enrollment begins. You also receive several benefits from local art supply shops, as well as occasional coupons and discounts for things like pop-ups, events, and Art Center merchandise.
Brickyard Ceramics – 10% off your purchase
Rockler Woodworking – 10% off your purchase
Heirloom Jewelry and Bead – 15% off your purchase
Robert’s Camera – 25% off photo prints and 5% off used gear
Petrov Frame Atelier – 15% off your purchase
Does the membership discount apply to Make It Take It classes?
No, we offer Make It Take It classes at the lowest price possible with the benefit of including all supplies needed, and the satisfaction of a completed project at the end of the class. Make It Take Its are a great way to try a new medium out for the first time, or to just have a fun new activity.
Can I have more than 2 adults on my Family membership?
No, a family membership includes 2 adults and any children in a household. An adult is considered 18 years of age or older.
Can I buy a membership after I sign up for a class and receive the membership discount for that class subsequently?
No, you must be a member at the time you sign up for a class to receive your membership discount. There are no retroactive discount uses for membership discounts.
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