New features coming to Broad Ripple Art Fair

More than 20,000 visitors attend the Broad Ripple Art Fair annually.

The Indianapolis Art Center is overhauling its largest exhibition and fundraiser, the Broad Ripple Art Fair, to provide a more in-depth art experience for fairgoers, including more opportunities for them to make art.

New for 2012

Art activities – Based on the popularity of Spin-a-Pot, where fairgoers make a wheel-thrown ceramic vase for $5, the Art Center is offering art-making activities in other studio classrooms. Participation will be first come, first serve, and times, prices and activities will vary.

On-site kids’ camp – Parents can soon register their children for a new camp for kids ages 6 to 7 and 8 to 12. Registration is available online with ticket purchase. Enrollment is limited to 12 children per class and available for Saturday only. There will be many free art-making activities for kids outdoors.

Emerging artist area – The Art Center will provide an emerging artists area to give local up-and-coming artists a taste of what it’s like to participate in an art fair. This area of the fair will provide a wider variety of art and price points, and is in contrast to artists who qualify for individual booths.

Discounted tickets – The Art Center is encouraging advance ticket purchase by offering a limited quantity online each week beginning March 25. Tickets are $5 each during the week of March 25, and $1 more each week until the Art Fair.

The Art Fair will take place May 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. More than 800 artists apply each year for one of the 225 booth spaces available at the fair each year, and more than 20,000 visitors attend the annual event. For more information, visit