Indianapolis Artsgarden

Lepidoptera was created by Indianapolis-based artist Shamira Wilson to celebrate the Artsgarden’s 25th anniversary.

Photo by Emily Persic

The Indianapolis Artsgarden, owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, celebrated its 25th year in 2021 as a destination for arts and culture events in the heart of downtown. 

Indianapolis Artsgarden celebrates National Poetry Month with readings by local poets and an exhibition by Indiana Poet Laureate Joyce Brinkman

Guide to Capturing the Moon: Illustrated Poems by Joyce Brinkman

Joyce Brinkman, Indiana Poet Laureate 2002-2008, believes in poetry as public art. Color and light have inspired permanent public installations through collaborations with glass artists and painters, while the colors black and white figure prominently in her Moon paintings. Her latest printed works include Seasons of Sharing A Kasen Renku Collaboration, Leapfrog Press 2014, Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Literary Portals to Prayer Series from ACTA Publications 2019 and Catena Poetica from Finishing Line Press 2022. She co-edited Urban Voices 51 poems from 51 America Poets with Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and is currently editing an anthology The Polaris Trilogy 2 for Brick Street Poetry that will be sent to the Moon on a SpaceX/NASA flight in 2023 as part of the Lunar Codex where it will remain readable for millions of years. Download a free microchap book of her poetry at

Proceeds from the sale of this work will benefit the Wug Laku Mental Health & Wellness Grants supporting central Indiana artists. Learn more at

Please note that the exhibition may not be on view during private Artsgarden events.

Join us Wednesdays in the Indianapolis Artsgarden beginning at noon for a series of poetry readings from central Indiana poets, curated by Brick Street Poetry

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Jason Ammerman
Phoenix Cole
Norbert Krapf

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Lylanne Musselman
Mary Sexson
Mark Clayton Jones

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 

Donna Monday
Stephanie L Harper
Robert Okaji

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Doris Lynch
Stacy Savage



With COVID cases declining in Marion County, masks are optional for visitors to the Artsgarden, but encouraged in areas where social distancing is not possible. Indy Arts Council staff will continue to wear masks as a precautionary measure.

 ABOUT The Indianapolis Artsgarden

AG logoOwned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Artsgarden is a destination for arts and culture in the heart of downtown. The structure is a seven-story tall glass and steel icon over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The Artsgarden presents more than 250 free and public performances each year, along with monthly visual arts exhibitions by central Indiana artists. It is also rented for private events, including weddings, corporate receptions, and nonprofit events, which support funding for public arts programming.

Cultural Concierge
The Indianapolis Artsgarden also serves as a visitor’s center that provides resources for arts and cultural activities throughout the city. The Cultural Concierge desk is stocked with brochures and performance schedules for many of the arts organizations and venues in Indianapolis. The desk is staffed Monday - Sunday during regular Circle Centre mall hours to help visitors and residents plan their next art excursion.

Public Performances
The lunchtime music series, Garden Jams, presents a variety of genres and styles for public entertainment throughout the year. All are welcome to bring lunch and enjoy these casual one-hour performances. Special programming throughout the year includes Art & Soul: A Celebration of African American Art & Artists in Indiana in February, the Mistletoe Music Festival in November and December, an annual holiday music festival featuring performances by school bands and choirs, and National Poetry Month in April complete with poetry readings and partner exhibitions.

Visual Art Exhibitions
The Indianapolis Artsgarden has monthly visual arts exhibitions on display for public viewing. We curate shows from central Indiana emerging artists, student groups, and cultural and social organizations looking to share their artwork with the community.

Rental Events
The Indianapolis Artsgarden serves as a sophisticated venue for hundreds of private events, including corporate receptions, weddings, nonprofit events, press conferences, and more.



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