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ActiveIndy Guided Bike Tour: Cultural Trail & Historic Neighborhoods

ActiveIndy Guided Bike Tour: Cultural Trail & Historic Neighborhoods

During Spark, the Circle is the launching point for ActiveIndy Tours’ most popular tour – a guided bicycle tour of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail & Historic Neighborhoods!  This tour covers 10 miles at a casual pace allowing you to explore downtown while learning about our city’s history, architecture, public art & connections to pop culture.  Rental bicycles available & advance registration required for this fee-based tour. Get details and sign up here.
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Listening Booth

Listening Booth

When’s the last time someone really listened to you? Say whatever’s on your mind to a person 100% focused on hearing what you have to say. Limit: 10 minutes.

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Forensic Friends Drawing

Forensic Friends Drawing

Describe your friend to an artist who will sketch him or her. How accurate do you think the sketch will be with only your descriptive words as the artist’s guide? Find out with Forensic Friends!

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DIY Playground

DIY Playground

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Family fun time in the Blue Foam Playscape.

Learn to build, create and play with a variety of shapes

including ramps, tubes and spheres.

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Preview: Monument Circle Art Fair

Preview: Monument Circle Art Fair

Fall has proven a season of firsts on Monument Circle this year. The tally of premieres sparked by Big Car over the last couple of months proves too innumerable to count. That’s what happens when you experiment. New territory gets explored.

Yet, Big Car is not alone in its inaugural efforts in the heart of Indy. Local ceramic artist Ruth Stoner will bring nearly 70 artists and six musical acts to Fountain Square for the free, family friendly Monument Circle Art Fair.

“I used to have a job on the Southside, and I used to stop on the monument at the end of the day because it was right on the way,” Stoner says. “I would hang out for 10 or 15 minutes. I just loved the space.”

After a bit of investigating just 15 odd months ago, Stoner discovered the Monument was available for at a relatively inexpensive price. That’s when the gears began to turn. “As somebody that’s done art shows,” Stoner says, “I was thinking gosh, you know, it seems like a logical place to have an art fair. It’s such a great space.”

As a new event, Stoner decided to limit applications to Indiana artists and kept booth prices low relative to more established art fairs around Indy. Despite the local focus, the applicant pool swiftly surpassed Stoner’s expectations – a fact she says is a testament to the Central Indiana arts community. “I figured we’re in the heart of Indianapolis and Indiana,” she says. “Let’s have some Hoosier pride for our Indiana artists.”

A registered pediatric nurse by trade, Stoner never shook the love for ceramics she found while still in high school in South Bend. After nursing school, she continued to take art classes at everywhere from IUPUI and Herron to Indianapolis Art Center. Stoner continues to work as a nurse around 25 hours per week, while operating a studio out of Broad Ripple called Artistry In Clay. It wasn’t until her kids reached adulthood that she began to consider ways she might give back to a community that has fed her creativity over the years.

Music Schedule:

  • 10 am – Elizabeth Efroymson Brooks with the Suzuki academy (weather dependent)
  • 11 am – Nick Zyromski
  • 12:30 pm – The Yellow Kites
  • 1:30 pm – Luke Austin Daugherty
  • 3 pm – Cathy Morris
  • 4 pm – Blue Moon Revue

When Stoner initially decided to pursue the idea of hosting an art fair on the monument, she didn’t realize that Spark would be overlapping. The circle is an interesting space, in that the Monument itself belongs to the state while the surrounding streets and sidewalks belong to the city. This has led to some interesting complementary programming throughout Spark. For part, Stoner is thrilled with the timing.

“I just think Spark has brought such an awareness to the circle,” she says, “and they have been so supportive in getting the word out. It’s just such a nice setting for us, because of all the seating. It’s great.”

If the event is successful, Stoner hopes to make Monument Circle Art Fair an annual event. With food trucks, live music, a glass blowing truck and Spark as a backdrop, she hopes the event will offer something for everyone. At the end of the day, the artists who participated will measure the success.

“It’s all about the artists for me, and how they feel,” Stoner says. “If it’s successful and the artists feel like it’s worth it, then I would love for this to be an annual event. We’ll just have to see how it goes, and go from there.”

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What: The inaugural Monument Circle Art Fair brings nearly 70 artists and 6 musical acts to Monument Circle for a single day festival in celebration of Hoosier art.

Where: Monument Circle

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015

10am – 5 pm

 

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Bubbles Brown

Bubbles Brown

Bubbles Brown, a Chicago-based early blues duo, brings you roots-rock: delta blues with an aggressive, electrified twist. Acoustic and electric guitar, washboard, suitcase bass drum … real old-time instrumentation in a modern arrangement.

[Check out some of their tunes here.]
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Virginia Avenue Folk Fest: Adam Kuhn

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest: Adam Kuhn

Come indulge in singer/songwriter Adam Kuhn’s awesome tunes in a free live concert presented by Virginia Ave. Folk Fest!

Get more info on Adam Kuhn!

Also, learn more about Virginia Ave. Folk Fest.

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Musical Family Tree presents Jo Universal

Musical Family Tree presents Jo Universal

Come hear Jo Universal’s R&B meets outer-space electronic soul in this free concert on Monument Circle!

Get more info on Jo Universal.

Learn more about how Musical Family Tree makes it their mission to spread Indiana music!

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Rhythm Discovery Center: Drum Circle and Percussion Demonstrations

Rhythm Discovery Center: Drum Circle and Percussion Demonstrations

Tap, beat, thump, bang, and strike a variety of percussion instruments & join a drum circle!

Learn more about our partner, Rhythm Discovery Center!

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Musical Family Tree presents Petri

Musical Family Tree presents Petri

It’s lunchtime, and you probably need a break… So take it on Monument Circle and enjoy Petri’s ambient music with electronic/noise leanings!

Learn more about how Musical Family Tree makes it their mission to spread Indiana music!