In the last decade, Indianapolis has turned itself into a hub for innovative greenways and bike trails, tech start-ups, craft breweries, and unique restaurants while remaining an affordable place to live and work. The city has been at the forefront of creative placemaking and urban renewal with a democratic and inclusive process. The urban core of the city is bursting with inspiring museums, start-ups, restaurants, small shops, and arts-focused nonprofits. Innumerable neighborhoods throughout the city are organizing to take their renewal into their own hands, and social practice art and placemaking are at the heart of that. If you have an idea, you can find a place and a community partner in Indianapolis that will help you turn it into a reality.
Burgeoning with a creative art scene, the city provides an ideal backdrop for art students from any medium. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is filled with an array of art from across the world just minutes from downtown and has recently started doing more social practice and community arts programs on its grounds. A multitude of exhibits and shows regularly rotate through iMOCA (Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art), Gallery 924, the Indianapolis Art Center, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
The Fountain Square Arts District, three miles from campus, is filled with small, creative venues like General Public Collective, Do317 Lounge, and People for Urban Progress. First Friday events, sponsored by IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association), are lively and robust in Fountain Square, Mass Ave, Harrison Center for the Arts, Stutz Studios, and Circle City Industrial Complex, all in and around downtown Indianapolis.