Stand in the very center of Indianapolis, on the Circle known as the “crossroads of America,” and any way you choose to go you will be sure to find art and culture.
Surrounding the Circle are buildings that are home to some of Indiana’s major cultural institutions: the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and the Indiana Historical Society. Indianapolis is home to three major art museums, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the seventh largest art museum in the country. Massachusetts Avenue, stretching northeast from downtown, is a corridor of galleries, cutting-edge theaters, and gathering places. Or head to the Fountain Square district, the burgeoning neighborhood boasting art galleries, music venues, and low-cost artists housing and studios at the Wheeler Building. Clowes Hall boasts performances by the Indianapolis Opera, as well as many national and international musical, dance, and theatre ensembles. Looking for African-American culture or live jazz? The Madame Walker Theatre, named for the famous Hoosier entrepreneur, is the place to be.
Each fall, Indianapolis hosts the Spirit and Place Festival, bringing together arts and civic organizations and notable speakers from around the country for a month-long series of events providing a dialogue on contemporary issues. Indianapolis also offers twenty-five public library branches, two art cinemas, a jazz festival, and a host of ethnic cuisine, from Ethiopian to Vietnamese. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it, here at the crossroads.