Midwest Living Review
Created by FDR's Works Progress Administration to provide employment for out-of-work artists during the Great Depression, the Indianapolis Art Center remains true to its original mission by hiring professional artists to teach the many--and varied--classes offered here. The emphasis is on lifelong learning. They do a little bit of everything here, and for all ages: drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, jewelry-making and fiber arts. The center is also a display gallery for local contemporary artists. The gift shop takes custom orders for jewelry and other works made by the artists. The center is one of only a handful of places in the country offering newcomers a hands-on class in glass-making. Participants keep what they make, but it's important to note that glass must cool for 24 hours, so you'll have to return the next day to pick up your creation or have it shipped to your home. Also, before signing up, be aware that the studio is extremely hot and bright. The center's located in a 12-acre park with open-air studios and sculptures. It's near Broad Ripple Village Cultural District, known for its shopping and entertainment venues, and a connection to Monon Trail, a popular jogging/bike path.