The Art Of The City:
Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA)

Dorothy Alig, Steve Archbold, Martine Bachelart, Quincy Owens, Philip Campbell, John Clark, Kipp Normand, Jim Walker, Emma Overman … the dozens of artists listed as members of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) constitute a veritable who’s-who of the Indianapolis art community.

And with good reason. IDADA is a non-profit membership-based organization that does much to enliven and inspire the Indianapolis art scene. With a member list that includes Indianapolis studio artists, art galleries, and arts-related businesses located within the 20-block square of downtown Indianapolis, IDADA was created to market unique and original art in Indy. The organization also develops public awareness of artists and dealers, encourages community support of the arts, and promotes professional standards within the local artist community.


Governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, IDADA gets most of its exposure through its series of monthly First Friday Art Tour events. The tour includes more than 25 galleries in and around downtown, and it offers the public a wide variety of visual art experiences. Over the years, First Fridays have become one of the premier things to do in Indianapolis, adding to the Indianapolis cultural scene and helping to support local artists and creators.

For more information on the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association, go to the Website.

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