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Following the success of our 2017 Veterans Art Day event – and noting the growing attendance and interest among this population – the Art Center saw an opening for increased programming possibilities specifically with this audience in mind. In 2018, surveys were distributed, responses were collected, and voices were heard. The message was clear: Veterans were seeking out more meaningful ways to engage with their community through the arts, and one day a year was simply not enough. And thus, in 2019, ArtTroop as a program was born!
ArtTroop is a free, bi-monthly program meant to empower veterans and active military service members by telling their stories through art making. By creating a positive and stress-free atmosphere meant to help students build artistic confidence and problem-solving skills, strengthen identity through therapeutic arts activities, and develop community with their peers, ArtTroop truly is a unique experience.
Throughout the year, students are introduced to a variety of art media and techniques and explore themes of art, life, and healing. Running from February to November, each class is a 3-hour block of exploration and reflection. The program culminates with a professional exhibition that is on display during the annual Veterans Art Day in November.
As we approach our third year of ArtTroop, we remain committed to ensuring the program is a safe, inclusive space. At this time, our program is limited to 15 participants annually, making this a competitive program in which all participants must apply. This year is a little different, however. Because the Covid pandemic disrupted programming beyond our control, our students from 2020 have been permitted to repeat their year in 2021. For this reason, there are only 5-6 spots available for the 2021 ArtTroop class.
If you would like more information about ArtTroop, contact Nikki Sullivan, Outreach Programs Manager, at [email protected] or 317.255.2464 x 2220.
ArtTroop, presented by Jim and Pat LaCrosse.
Support for veterans programming is provided in honor and memory of Vincent Maxwell.
Shannon Bennett donated 2020-05-05 22:46:29 -0400$15,425.00 raisedGOAL: $15,000.00
May 6, 2020 Update:
We have surpassed our $15,000 goal!
We had 105 donors participate in our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign!
34 of those were NEW donors to the Art Center.
This was the largest day of giving the Indianapolis Art Center has ever seen (outside of fundraising events)!
Thank you to all who donated this #GivingTuesdayNow!
We need your help.
On a more “typical” day, the Art Center is dedicated to our mission to inspire creative expression in people of all ages. We offer classes serving hundreds of students in our 14 university-level studios, award-winning outreach programs like ArtReach sites across the Indianapolis area for students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to art education, an ongoing rotation of free exhibitions, and extensive grounds open to the public.
But today is different.
As a nonprofit organization which regularly employs working artists and faculty, groundskeepers, and staff, we are struggling. COVID-19 has forced our building to close, entire semesters of classes cancelled, and annual events like the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair called off.
The impact of these decisions has an extensive reach. Without classes, a building, and regular operations, our 75+ art instructors and more than half our administrative staff have been laid off, and artists are unable to exhibit their works on our walls. To lessen the deep economic repercussions, the entire remaining staff has taken significant salary reductions. Without events like the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair, countless artists and artisans have been left without an opportunity to share their creations with thousands of patrons.
Our mission is still as strong as ever.
We are confident in our ability to advance our mission, even from afar. We are pivoting to virtual classes and providing as many options to connect with our community as we can, but we still need your help.
We’re calling on our community to support us during this time of uncertainty. Your generosity today will help us return to “normal” faster once we can reopen our doors. Please consider donating whatever you can to provide critical relief to the Indianapolis Art Center.
How to Help
All donations will be designated for General Operating Support, which supports all of our programming and operational needs.
Rediscover the Ruth Lilly Library as the Indianapolis Art Center unveils a brand new coffee bar in partnership with BRICS. Established in 2020, The Library Coffee Bar is located inside the Art Center’s Ruth Lilly Library and aims to provide refreshments to students and a fashionably functional workspace to the greater Broad Ripple community. With plenty of natural light, abundant free parking, high-speed internet access, and over 30 electrical outlets – you can work comfortably without the hustle and bustle of larger cafes and coffee shops.
Serving up the best Indianapolis has to offer, The Library Coffee Bar prides itself on supporting locally crafted roasts and baked goods from brands like Tinker Coffee, Hubbard & Cravens, and 4 Birds Bakery. 30% of your patronage goes back into the Art Center and its continual efforts to inspire creative expression in people of all ages.
Whether or not you are able to paint, draw, or sculpt, the Art Center & BRICS looks to provide you with a unique place for productivity and creativity.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mondays 9:30 am-3 pm
Tuesdays 9:30 am-3 pm and 5 pm-8 pm
Wednesdays 9:30 am-3 pm and 5 pm-8 pm
Thursdays 9:30 am-3 pm
Fridays 9:30 am-3 pm
Saturdays 9 am-4 pm
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Double Shot Espresso - $3.5
Americano - $3.5
Cappuccino - $4
Cafe Latte - $4.5
Java House Cold Brew - $3.5
Craft Coffees - Served Hot or Cold
Peanut Butter Latte - $5
Rose Latte - $5
Toasted Toffee Latte - $5
Raspberry White Chocolate Mocha Latte - $4.5
Mocha Latte - $4.5
Extra Shot of Espresso - $1.5
Signature Tea Lattes - Served Hot or Cold
Matcha Latte - $4
Raspberry Hibiscus Latte - $4.5
Masala Chai Latte - $4
Turmeric Ginger Latte - $4
London Fog Latte - $4
Laird Superfood Creamer - Keto Friendly - $1
Laird Turmeric Creamer - Keto Friendly - $1
Hot + Cold Teas
- Assortment of Hubbard & Cravens Tea -
Small Craft - $3.5
Large Craft - $5
Build Your Own Smoothie
Fruit: strawberry, blueberry, banana, mango, kale
Juice: pineapple, apple, grapefruit, cranberry, iced tea
Cafe Toasts and Jellies
Avocado Toast - $7
Chicken Salad Toast - $7
Tuna Salad Toast - $7
Egg Salad Toast - $7
Peanut Butter & Jelly - $5
Add Hardboiled Egg to Any Toast - $1
Snack Burrito - $4
Bagel - $3
4 Birds Cookie - $3
BRICS Ice Cream Treats
Red velvet Ice Cream Sandwich - $4
BRICS Ice Cream Affogato - $4