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Artistic Indiana

[ Destination Dearborn County ]

Highlight | Arty Parties

Along the southeastern border of Indiana near Cincinnati, Dearborn County presents numerous opportunities for groups to have arts experiences. One of the most popular is the Arty Party program at the Framery, an art and jewelry studio in Lawrenceburg.

The Framery has multiple options for its parties, with the most popular running for several hours. During the event, participants circulate to multiple workstations, where art instructors help them with projects such as creating fused-glass jewelry or custom decorating glass stemware.

The art parties can be expanded to include hor d’oeuvres and drinks, massage chairs or yoga teachers. Some groups have even chosen a beach theme complete with giant patio umbrellas and tropical beverages.

While you’re there: In nearby Aurora, the Southeast Indiana Art Guild has joined with downtown merchants to create a series of 64 murals installed in the upper-level windows of prominent downtown buildings. Groups can take a guided art walk of the area, during which they learn about the unique mural project and the community history depicted in the paintings.


[ Destination Indianapolis ]

Highlight | Centuries of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the Midwest, and it gives groups a variety of ways to experience some of the most outstanding works in classical art history.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is an encyclopedic museum with more than 54,000 works that span 5,000 years of art history. The collections include African, American, Asian and European art. Visitors will find numerous works by the likes of Georges Seurat and Paul Gauguin, as well as galleries full of Japanese paintings and Chinese ceramics.

Groups can get custom guided tours of the museum that highlight different aspects of the collection. Tours can also include gardens and historic homes on the 152-acre museum campus. A full menu of youth and adult art workshops is available as well.

While you’re there: Indianapolis is a statewide hub for performing arts as well. Groups can get a meal and a Broadway-style show at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre or catch a professional drama performance at the historic and intimate Indiana Repertory Theater downtown.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.