40th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair

The Broad Ripple Art Fair is an anticipated annual event in a favorite Indianapolis cultural district each Spring. As the weather grows warm, Broad Ripple springs to life with Indianapolis shopping, Indianapolis culture and more. The Indianapolis Art Center adds to the buzz with their 40th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 15 and 16, 2010, just north of Indianapolis downtown. As the Indianapolis Art Center’s largest fundraiser event, the proceeds from the annual Broad Ripple Art Fair go toward funding the many FREE Indianapolis events and Indianapolis art classes throughout the year. With wonderful art based community development programs, the Indianapolis nonprofit organization relies on the community to keep its door open. Show your support for the Indianapolis arts mecca at the 40th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair this weekend. See pictures of this year’s show at the end of this article.

The first Broad Ripple Art Fair took over the streets of this Indianapolis cultural district in 1971. Since then it has grown to attract more than 225 artists from across the United States and Canada, booths from local cultural organizations, a children’s creative area, gourmet food, a beer and wine garden and live Indianapolis music on four stages and in the Frank M. Basile Auditorium at the Indianapolis Art Center Cultural Complex. The Broad Ripple Art Fair descends on the ARTSPARK on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center each May, and is a highly attended event by Indianapolis people.

This year the ARTSPARK will be packed to the hilt with Indianapolis artists and artists from across North America, ready to share their work with the community. More than 225 artists span four artist areas in the ARTSPARK, each with their own booth, which showcases their artistic endeavors. Live music from Indianapolis bands fill four stages: the NUVO/ WJJK Riverfront Stage, the B105.7 Soft Rock Stage, I94 Monon Stage and the WFYI Kids Stage. Music performances will also fill the walls of the Ruth Lilly Library in the Marilyn K. Glick School for Art. For a tast of the Heartland Film Festival, head to the ETLC Basile Auditorium, where a collection of short films will be running throughout both days.

Indianapolis restaurants will be on hand to provide a myriad of tasty treats for patrons of the 40th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair. Participating vendors include Adobo Grill, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, the Jazz Kitchen, Shalimar Indian Restaurant, Yats Cajun Restaurant, and twenty more. Plus beer and wine tents will make it easy for attendees to cool of with a cold one.

Find out how to get involved not just with visual art but also Indianapolis theatre, dance and music by visiting any of the booth belonging to participating cultural organizations. These include Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Buck Creek Players, Dance Kaleidoscope, Herron School of Art at IUPUI, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Theatre on the Square, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Writer’s Center of Indiana and many many more! And be sure to check out he Marsh Kids World Creativity Tent, where make and take activities will be going on all day.

Advance tickets to the 40th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair are $12.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages three to twelve. Art Center Members can purchase discounted tickets for $10.00. At the gate, admission is $15.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Kids under three are FREE. Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis event at the Indianapolis Art Center this weekend.

After a stroll through the Broad Ripple Art Fair, head to any of the near by Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars to cool your heels over food and drinks. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis sports and more. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

40th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair
Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 16, 2010, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Indianapolis Art Center
820 E 67th St
Indianapolis, IN 46220