Soaring almost 100 feet into the air of busy downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Artsgarden is considered by many to be the quintessential performance and Indianapolis event venue, with its high glass walls, bright and airy atmosphere, and easy access to the hub of Indianapolis. The Artsgarden is, in fact, situated right in the middle of all the big-city bustle.
A major Indianapolis performing arts arena unsurpassed by others of its size and kind, the Artsgarden is physically connected to the Conrad Hotel, the Embassy Suites complex, the Hyatt Regency, Canterbury, Marriott, Westin and Omni Severin, the Indiana Convention Center, and Circle Centre Mall.
The stunning Indianapolis attraction is actually a huge glass-enclosed dome with glass skyways branching off of it, the whole contraption towering above the busy downtown Indy traffic at the intersection of Illinois and Washington Streets. Set like a round jewel in the center of towering skyscrapers, it makes an eloquent statement by its very beauty about the community’s dedication to Indianapolis art.
Performing in this venue, which is not only a beautiful environment but near-perfect acoustically, is considered by local and non-local talent to be quite an honor. Whether it’s a free hour of live Indianapolis music, jazz or dance, the performers get as much out of the experience as their audiences.
Artists seeking to perform or exhibit in the Artsgarden are carefully screened, and must provide, along with their bio and resume, a demo CD of their work. Most of the Indianapolis artists who end up performing in this unique space, therefore, are professionals, though at certain times of the year, such as during December, community groups and other non-professionals may be given a time slot.
The Artsgarden Cultural Concierge is the reception desk, so to speak, just inside the Indianapolis Artsgarden. This is the central area for dissemination of information and reservations. One can get an “IndyArts Card” here, which is good for promotions such as coupons and discounts, not only for the Artsgarden events, but also for many of the cultural Indianapolis attractions around the city and its environs.
Just a few of these promotional events discounts are: $10 off any adult ticket to the Indiana Repertory Theatre, $2 off all Children’s Theatre Institute performances, $2 off at the Warren Performing Arts Center, $5 off specific performances at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, two tickets for one to see the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, $3 off entry to the Morris-Butler House Museum, $3 discount to specified American Pianists Association events and a full 25% off any IndyArts Card holder ticket to see the Indiana Ballet Company.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis owns and operates this remarkable facility, somehow making sure there will be over 300 exhibits and performances every year. Almost every afternoon at the Artsgarden, there is free quality entertainment, and during the evenings the venue mounts professional performances of all types.
The whole concept of the Arts Council revolves around bringing the wonder of the live arts to the community, as opposed to forcing the community to find them in specialized venues such as Indianapolis art galleries, Indianapolis theaters and Indianapolis museums. In this way, everybody benefits; the arts enhance the city, and the city enhances the arts. The live arts stay alive.
The Indianapolis Artsgarden is not only used for fine and live arts events. The entire facility is available for rent, and can be used for an endless variety of purposes. The staff at the Artsgarden is made up of professionals who are ready to help create a spectacular special event in every way. Technical support for sound, light and stage are part of the rental package, as well assistance with seating and catering requirements.
Planners of appropriate events (no birthday parties please) are encouraged to rent this one-of-a-kind facility, and certain types of events, especially those that include the arts as a focal point, may receive a discount. Indianapolis businesses and Indianapolis non-profit organizations simply submit an application, and the Artsgarden Events and Facility Coordinator works up a plan and rental schedule.
Some of the many types of events mounted in the Indianapolis Artsgarden on a regular basis are wedding receptions, community meetings, corporate receptions, press conferences, banquets, fundraisers, lectures, debates, annual meetings and class reunions. Depending on the event planned, the Artsgarden can accommodate 10 to 600 people, with cabaret or theatrical seating, or a standing reception.
Among the many state-of-the-art amenities the Indianapolis Artsgarden can provide for events are: a 24 by 32 foot stage, a Steinway grand piano, an up to date lighting system, a computer presentation system, a video presentation system, projection screens and equipment, DVD and CD players and recorders, multiple color television monitors, a professional green room, an electronic message board, podiums and easels, two separate dressing rooms with lockers and storage and handicap-friendly restrooms.
All catering for the Indianapolis Artsgarden is carried out by Ritz Charles Catering, which provides food, liquor, linens and tables.
The spacious and gracious $12 million dollar, glass-domed facility is the result of far-reaching imaginations and sweeping, artistic minds. It is no wonder the Indianapolis Artsgarden has always attracted the same.
The Indianapolis Artsgarden
110 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Indianapolis Artsgarden Director
Arts Council of Indianapolis
20 N Meridian St, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3040
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