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Updates 3/31

The JCC is creating Virtual Arts Programming using Facebook Live0, starting today [March 31] at noon. Visit their Facebook page  to participate in the live program.  “You can view and  ask questions in real-time by commenting on the video,” invites Lev Rothenberg, Director of Arts and Education. 

Here is their current schedule of live on-line Tuesday and Thursday programs s:

Tuesday, March 31 | 12pm - Tuesday Lunch Break with Craig Prater from Heartland Film

Heartland Film will join us to discuss the challenges facing today’s international film festivals and the impact covid-19 has had on the film community. How are different festivals and filmmakers handling cancelations, postponements, film submissions, donors, sponsorships, grants, etc.? How is the film community adapting to this pandemic? Tune in LIVE to ask your own questions.

Tuesday, March 31 | 7pm - Tuesday Night In with Artist Megan Jefferson

Megan Jefferson draws inspiration from the colors of the sunrise and sunset, from flora, and fauna, and from the amazing light that illuminates broad skies and landscapes. Her work takes the dream-like form of ethereal abstract landscapes or narratives which are rich in texture and have a depth of color.  The work she created during her time studying the book of Jonah with Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts, a program through the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, re-frames the story from one of fear and punishment to one of divine love. The whale has given Jonah a safe haven to rest, recuperate, and regroup. “What if the divine love was nurturing and protective and not foreboding and punitive? That feels more aligned with the divine love I know exists.” 

Thursday, April 2 | 7pm - Thursday Night In with Artist Erik Peden

Erik Peden's music, performance, and ritual are honed through formal training and over 25 years of studying shamanism, herbalism, and ethnopharmacology in parallel to molecular science research. His sound practice, "Sound Sojourn", played primarily at yoga/wellness studios as a crucible for redemption, draws on these experiences with harmonic, resonant instruments combined with yoga, meditation, and guided imagery. 

Tuesday, April 7 | 12pm - Tuesday Lunch Break with Sam Moehle from the J Café

Follow along with Sam as he walks you through a family-friendly kosher-style recipe anyone, including you, can make at home.

Thursday, April 9 | 12pm - Tuesday Lunch Break with Dina Varano TRUE RESILIENCE: Cultivating Courage, Connection & Compassion

The current pandemic can be seen as more of an invitation than an interruption if we open ourselves to the lessons it holds for us as individuals and as global citizens. But how do we stay grounded enough in these challenging and changing times in order to respond to that invitation more fully? How can we cope with this level of uncertainty with a little more grace and ease? How can our service to others come from a place more deeply resourced when we ourselves may feel depleted or overwhelmed? Join Dina in exploring these questions through self-inquiry and heart-centered meditation.

Thursday, April 9 | 7pm - Thursday Night In with Artist Kate Lenkowsky

Kate's career as an artist began in art museums. She later realized that crafts, an avocation since childhood, were an art medium and began designing her own quilts and researching the intersection of quilts and art. Through her participation in Religion, Spirituality, and the arts, a program from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Kate thought of Jonah as everyman/everywoman, attempting to understand God. "Angry and bewildered, Jonah doesn't ask the question that is really on his mind: How can he trust God? There is no answer."

Rothenburg, in an email, expanded on the impetus for this JCC’s arts and education department initiative. “Kelsey Eberle and I laid out our department’s four priorities during these strange times: 1. Stay safe, 2. Stay connected, 3. Continue building community, 4. Prepare for a vibrant future.”

Responding to ‘Why Facebook Live?’. Eberle said, “Yes, there are other streaming platforms for live events. We're using Facebook because it's the easiest to use; nobody needs to download an app or remember a zoom or call a number. It's also free. Many of the other services available require subscription plans or memberships.” 

Other questions about virtual events? Email Kelsey at


Music education is one of the core values of the Indianapolis Opera. Because of the recent school closings, the Indianapolis Opera is taking its music education curriculum to an e-learning format. “We hope this continues to support [students], parents, teachers, and school faculty, while we navigate through these unprecedented times.”

Access here: 

also connect here:


The Metropolitan Opera is providing a daily Live in HD streaming series. 

Learn times and dates to connect here:


Indy Parks is bringing the park to all of us at home. “Over the next month, we are giving you virtual programs like story time, art classes, sneak peeks at our gallery art, park tours, visits with our park animals, and more,” promises the email.  “During Virtual Story Time, we will read the story, introduce you to some animals, and then go over the activity ideas. 

Access here on April 4 and 11 at 9:30 a.m.:


The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s virtual Presidential Egg Roll tutorial video can be accessed here: originally posted this invitation: The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s Presidential Egg Roll has quickly become a favorite Indianapolis holiday tradition. While they have suspended this year’s public event on the Presidential Site’s grounds to help control the spread of COVID-19, Hoosiers can still participate in this annual tradition from home on April 4, by staging their own (Family) Egg Roll. “Just have phones and social media posts at the ready,” advises spokesperson  Angela Tuell. 


Indianapolis Symphonic Choir emailed, “We may not be able to create music together, but we still have a song in our heart. We asked our singers to curate a "Stay at Home" playlist comprised of their favorite movements from choral works. Let our song selections help you pass the time at home. Here’s the access:

🔊Spotify         🔊Apple Music


WonderLab continues to offer weekly recurring programs virtually via Zoom LIVE.  Programs are broadcast twice daily via Zoom LIVE Tuesday – Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Sunday’s program via Zoom LIVE is from 3-4 p.m. Programs include Science Story Time, Science Sprouts, Discovery Time, Science Explorations, Dive Deeper, and STEM Sunday.  

The email notice to  states, “Programs are free for all. WonderLab is accepting donations to support programming. Donations can be made through:

Here’s this week’s schedule:

Tuesday, March 31

9 - 9:30 a.m. – Science Story Time for children age birth through 6 years 

Join WonderLab staff for a children’s picture book read-aloud followed by a simple science demonstration that can be done easily at home. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 6 years. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.

3 - 3:30 p.m. – Science Exploration for Grades 1-6 

Join the WonderLab Museum Team for hands-on science explorations and a demonstration of science activities that can be done at home. All welcome. Activities designed for Grades 1-6. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE. 


Wednesday, April 1 

9 - 9:30 a.m. – Discovery Time for ages 3-6 years

Join us online for Discovery Time! All welcome. Activities designed for children ages 3-6 years. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE. 

3 - 3:30 p.m. – Science Exploration for Grades 1-6 

Join the WonderLab Museum Experience Team, for hands-on science explorations and a demonstration of science activities that can be done at home. All welcome. Activities designed for Grades 1-6.  Click here to join via Zoom LIVE. 


Thursday, April 2

9 - 9:30 a.m. – Science Sprouts for children birth through age 3

Join the WonderLab Museum Education team and learn all about plants. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 3 years. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


3 - 3:30 p.m. – Science Exploration for Grades 1-6 

Join the WonderLab Museum Education Team, for hands-on science explorations and a demonstration of science  activities that can be done at home. All welcome. Activities designed for Grades 1-6. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE. 


Friday, April 3

9 - 9:30 a.m. – Science Story Time for children age birth through 6 years 

Join WonderLab staff for a children’s picture book read-aloud followed by a simple science demonstration that can be done easily at home. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 6 years. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


3 - 3:30 p.m. –  Dive Deeper for All Ages 

Join Animal Exhibits Manager, Sam Couch, live at the Wonder Under the Waves Aquarium for at-home experiments, a visit with the aquarium animals and all things marine biology. All welcome. Activities designed for all ages. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


Saturday, April 4

9 - 9:30 a.m. –  Science Story Time for children age birth through 6 years 

Join WonderLab staff for a children’s picture book read-aloud followed by a simple science demonstration that can be done easily at home. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 6 years. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.

3 - 3:30 p.m. – Science Exploration for Grades 1-6 

Join the WonderLab Museum Education Team, for hands-on science explorations and a demonstration of bubble science activities that can be done at home. All welcome. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


Sunday, April 5 

3 - 4 p.m. – STEM Sundays for Families

Join WonderLab Museum Educator Sarah Lynn Wells and work together on a project [topic TBD] for the whole family. This program is made possible through funding from Cook Medical. and CFC Properties. Click here to join Zoom LIVE.    



The Indianapolis Public Library has updated its plan of service. Jackie Nytes, CEO, Indianapolis Public Library sent this notice to

1. We are extending our closure indefinitely, until further notice.

We hope that life can get back to normal soon, but rather than setting a date and then extending it again, at this time it seems best to plan to remain closed until local and state health officials deem it appropriate to reopen public gathering places. We hope that our next all-patron email contains good news, and will share updates as they come.

2. Online resources and materials at are widely available.

Many of our vendors and partners have made e-materials more accessible, and we have moved funds from our print materials budget into our e-materials budget to help meet the needs of our patrons while our doors are closed. Additionally, we are working with schools and through our website to support e-learning initiatives for students, parents, and teachers.

  • Bookmark this link to our website's blog section. This is where we will continue to create a series of blog posts for patrons and parents to make the most of the Library's online materials and resources such as e-books, streaming movies, kids storytime videos, tutorials, and off-screen activities like science experiments, knitting patterns, games, DIY projects, and cooking. We will be updating with new posts regularly!
  • Follow us on social media where we will share these blog resources as they are posted, as well as numerous items from other community organizations, authors, and more. We are collecting as many relevant resources as we can using our Activities to Do at Home Pinterest Board as a hub, and will share items regularly on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

3. All in-person Library events are all postponed or canceled, through early May.

Unfortunately, this includes several important and exciting events including our McFadden Memorial Lecture featuring Kadir Nelson; the grand opening of our new Martindale-Brightwood Branch; groundbreaking for the construction of our new West Perry Branch; upcoming author talks with Nikki Grimes and Sarah Urist Green; Indy Library Store book sale; multiple Census help days; and all of our in-branch activities such as workshops and storytimes.

We know that our patrons, staff, and volunteers care deeply for our free public activities, and we are very disappointed to cancel them without a clear idea of when we might be able to reschedule. We are actively working to adjust our summer reading program so that it can continue despite the challenges of all this uncertainty.

4. Due dates for checked-out physical materials will continue to be extended until we reopen.

Please keep the Library items that you have checked out, and plan to return them after we reopen. Do not worry about accruing any late fees during this time - we will be exceptionally forgiving during this difficult time.

5. You can contact us if you have questions.

  • Use the form on our Contact Us webpage:
  • Leave a voicemail and get a call back: 317-275-4184
  • Text a Librarian: 317-333-6877
  • Library cards can be obtained or renewed online

On one hand, these decisions have been difficult to make because we are so committed to providing open access to our community. On the other hand, the decision is made easy because it is clear that this is ultimately in the best interest of public well-being.

Please keep yourself and others safe, continue to monitor your health, check for updates at the Indiana State Department of Health website, and consider our online materials mentioned above to help fill the time. We look forward to seeing you again when we reopen.


What does the emerging Federal stimulus bill mean for Indiana school? posted this comprehensive column to help us understand the way school districts can use the infusion of money, including “Supplies for cleaning and sanitizing schools and school district buildings;

Efforts to help students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners, “racial and ethnic minorities,” homeless students, and students in foster care;

Coordinating long-term school closures, including meals, technology, and serving students with disabilities; Buying technology, including connectivity, to help students continue learning, including adaptive equipment for students with disabilities; Items principals need “to address the needs of their individual schools”; Mental health services; Planning and providing in-person or online summer learning programs and after-school programs; Continuing to provide district-level services and employ staffers.” Read the full report here:



Eiteljorg Museum’s virtual content is available on  FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube pages, our e-newsletter and a special section on our website, to see photos of our collection, as well as engaging videos for people of all ages.   

go to  and  #EiteljorgFromHome for Eiteljorg Museum curator of Western art, history and culture, Johanna M. Blume, sharing insights into some of the quilts on display in our Quilts: Uncovering Women's Stories exhibition. The informal video was recorded prior to the mandatory shutdown of the museum.  #ejquilts #museumfromhome #eiteljorg

Update 3/28

Benjamin Harrison Historic Presidential Site is determined “to help lift our spirits” and those around us. Charles A. Hyde, President & CEO posted a lengthy letter to inspire us to think about our city as a place to love while we reach  out “to assist those around us in greatest need.” 

Dr. Hyde invites us to post on   #IlovethiscityIndy the ways we are showing our civic spirit.

“In the coming weeks, we’ve been asked as Hoosiers and good citizens to socially distance and hunker down to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Yes—let’s all do our part. But that doesn’t mean that you have to close your door—or your mind, or your heart—to your fellow citizens and neighbors,” he writes.

Benjamin Harrison, on the eve of departing Indianapolis to take up his duties as President of the United States in March 1889, addressed his neighbors and well-wishers from every other place, who gathered at his home on Delaware Street. “I love this city,” he told them, expressing his intentions to return here from the ‘new reality’ of duties he is undertaking for an extended stay.

Dr. Hyde offers why we, too, should “love this city” and what it is upon which we should reflect.

“As many of us are preparing for our own extended stays at our own white…and blue, yellow, black, red, green, wood, vinyl, and brick…houses we want to ask you to join us. Not here at the museum—there will be time enough for that when our doors reopen later this spring. We want you to join us in that high civic spirit that has forged us into a community over the past two centuries. 

“The civic spirit that took swampy lowlands in the center of our state and turned it into a thriving city. The civic spirit that pioneered automobile development and engineering into the world’s greatest spectacle in racing. The civic spirit that brought us the Colts, the Pacers, IndyEleven, NCAA, Pan Am Games, and made us the amateur sports capital of the world. We didn’t need showy scenery, ocean-side resorts, or gimmicks to lure people here—Indianapolis is a great city because of the quality of its inhabitants, the resilience of its spirit, and our indomitable will to overcome obstacles,” exudes Hyde, adding, “After all, Indianapolis is as much about the people as the place.” 

He cites Republican Party elected officials,  “Sen. Lugar, Mayor Hudnut” along with other Indianapolis-born individuals who leave a mark on this place, including, “Kurt Vonnegut, Madam Walker, Eli Lilly, David Letterman, Major Taylor, Booth Tarkington, Mari Evans, John Green, Wes Montgomery, Jim Morris, Jane Pauley, James Whitcomb Riley, Oscar Robinson, and many, many, more—and yes, including the only president elected from Indiana, Benjamin Harrison. 

“We all have work to do in these extraordinary times,” concludes Hyde. ”Let’s make sure when the history books look back at us in the decades to come, and tell the stories of how we faced—and overcame—this moment of adversity, that we all do credit to this amazing community. Join me as we say without pause, hesitation, or reservation: I love this city.”

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is ‘virtually open’ for families across the country with creative ways to spend quality time with their kids at home while following the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing.

The URL is  

for activities including  Units of Study, standards-based curricula that cover a variety of topics and are written by trained educators reports the Museum. “Anyone can use these study tools for free to learn more about dinosaurs, trains and transportation, science, archaeology, biotechnology, flight, art, racism and discrimination, food and fitness, health, and more. 


The Indianapolis Public Library has announced the postponement of all public programs and the continued closure of all Library facilities until further notice.

What you do while the Library remains closed: 

Visit the Library online 24/7 at to access a vast collection of eBooks, streaming videos and other electronic resources, all free with the use of a Library card. 

Marion County residents ages 18 or older can apply for a Library card online. In response to increased demand during this time, the Library recently allocated additional resources to enhance its offerings of electronic materials for all ages. 

Parents can check out the Library website’s blog for book suggestions and recommended activities to engage children, as well as links to homework help and subject-based research topics. The blog is updated to share lesser-known Library resources like genealogy research tools, DIY help, hobbies and crafts, and off-screen activities for families. Get started at

Reminder: Any overdue items will have extended due dates until the Library reopens. Any items placed on hold will remain for patrons to pick up upon reopening. Also, free reference service, staffed by Library resource specialists, is available at 317-275-4184.

April public events that will be re-scheduled: Programs impacted in April include the Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture with award-winning author/illustrator Kadir Nelson and appearances by authors Sarah Urist Green and Nikki Grimes, with efforts being made to reschedule for later this year. Other events such as the Indy Library Store Book Sale, U.S. Census help sessions, and the Library’s many storytimes and computer classes are canceled. Delayed will be the grand opening of the new Martindale-Brightwood Branch and the groundbreaking for the new West Perry Branch.  


Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site invites, “Join us April 3 for a virtual installment of Coffee with the Curator. We will be Live on our   Facebook page at 8:45 am sharp discussing the Census and the history within the Harrison staff and family. Grab your cups of coffee and experience this edition of Coffee with the Curator from the comfort of your couch. Can't wait to e-see you there!” 

See also:

and go here: 

to watch and hear Indiana First Lady Janet Holcomb read “Old Whiskers.”


JCC community connection with video opportunities are at: Click here for JCC Indy Live. 

The virtual program line-up:

3/27 | 2pm | Friday Lunch Break - Poetry reading and writing with Joy Ladin

3/29 | 2pm | Author Sunday – Dr. Madeline Levine

3/31 | 12pm | Tuesday Lunch Break – Craig Prater, President of Heartland Film

4/2 | 7pm | Thursday Nights In -  Sound Artist Erick Pedan

4/7 | 12pm | Tuesday Lunch Break with J Cafe's Sam Moehle

4/9 | 12pm | Thursday Lunch Break – Peaceful guidance with Dina Verano

4/9 | 7pm | Thursday Nights In - Artist Kate Lenkowsky

4/12 | 2 pm | Author Sunday – Sarah Menkedick

Questions? Email Kelsey at


Arts Updates March 26

IndyFringe and District Theatre invites, “Let's take a step into the new world of creativity.”

 Pauline Moffat posted her favorite four performances culled from a list in The Guardian UK newspaper that we can access:  

1. Showstoppers improv crew are some of the quickest wits in the biz. So it’s no surprise that when they were faced with a West End closure they live-streamed a performance. Watch their custom-made, never-to-be-repeated impro musical on Facebook

2. Twenty actors performed new monologues written just for them in this new initiative, shared online on 17 March.

3. Since U Been Gone uploaded a version of their musical fringe hit about losing loved ones and finding your own voice.

4. Bubble, a play set entirely on Facebook, uses a cast of European actors who have never met in person, rehearsed over Skype and filmed on their cameras. Theatre Uncut release the production, written by Beats playwright Kieran Hurley, online on 23 March.

“Let's share the most innovative pieces you have seen coming out of Indianapolis’ artistic community,” invites Moffat.

Send links to  for IndyFringe to share on their website.


Indiana Humanities is promoting opportunities for reading on these Indiana Authors Awards social media accounts, said George Hanlin. Go to:


Shining A Light technology on Monument Circle, Downtown Indy, Inc., Innovative and Dodd Technologies has created a new presentation “that illuminates love and hope to the world from the heart of Downtown Indianapolis nightly from 9 - 11:59 p.m. “ reads the news release.  See a video of the new projections combined with A Bridge Over Troubled Water played by Conrad Jones, Principal Trumpet, and Riley Giampaolo, Bass Trombone, both with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. To watch visit 


The Great American Songbook Foundation is inviting everyone to join them in watching classic musicals on this site:  #SongbookMovieSaturdays 

and join the conversation on Facebook every Saturday at 7 pm.

on these dates and times:

March 28 | 7 pm: The Music Man

April 4 | 7 pm: The Wizard of Oz

April 11 | 7 pm: Singin' in the Rain

April 18 | 7 pm: The Sound of Music


Every weekday at 2 p.m, families can join a different instructor for a 15-20 minute Pop-Up Class at:  Civic Theatre

The first two classes are: 

March 26: Shakespearean Insults

March 27: Dialects: Speak Like Your Favorite Characters


With “Interlude: Virtual Arts & Entertainment,  the Center for Performing Arts is offering a roster of listening and watching opportunities. Access the listings at these sites: 

Browse Doolin Celtic Ensemble’s collection of recorded songs and live performances on

 YouTube   and access a specially recorded program here:  this experimental crafty homemade multicam reel

The band emailed: “We came out with this experimental crafty homemade multicam reel and we’d very much like to dedicate it to all the organizers and audiences that we were supposed to meet these upcoming weeks in the USA and Canada.”

George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain emailed: "Sorry we can't be with you on the 29th. As a small consolation, we have just made the  full stream of our 2018 NYC show available on Youtube. Enjoy!"

Enjoy Berlin Philharmonic's entire digital concert hall 

for free Use code BERLINPHIL by March 31 for access.


Stay updated with The Center Interlude programs here:

Downtown Indy Inc: We have some exciting news to share. Utilizing our Shining A Light technology on Monument Circle, Downtown Indy, Inc., Innovative and Dodd Technologies have created a new presentation that illuminates love and hope to the world from the heart of Downtown Indianapolis nightly from 9 - 11:59 p.m. 
See a video of the new projections combined with A Bridge Over Troubled Water played by Conrad Jones, Principal Trumpet, and Riley Giampaolo, Bass Trombone, both with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Visit to watch.
We would love for you to share our video and new presentation with your audiences. We know that people can't get out to Monument Circle to see the actual projections, so your help to showcase either a live Monument Circle feed or our special video with our ISO friends performing is GREATLY appreciated. It's very powerful!
#UnitedWeStand #StayIN #DowntownIndy


Indianapolis area creatives can apply for a $500 per month rapid relief grant to help cover the financial hit of the COVID-19 pandemic. WFYI's Jill Ditmire spoke with Arts Council of Indianapolis Executive Director Julie Goodman about the fund and how the public can support the cause at


The Stutz Artists Association is taking the annual Open House online. Painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, textiles, porcelain, metalworks and more will be featured and available for purchase during the Stutz Artists Association April Online Open House. 

How will it work?

Starting April 1, Stutz Artists Association social media channels will promote a daily featured artist that includes their works, biographical information and link to their contact details.

Community members who want to participate simply follow or like Stutz Artists on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public to click through and check out each day.

If someone in the community sees an artist’s work they like and want, contact that artist directly. Updates and additional information will be available on the Stutz Artists Association’s website during April. 

The Stutz Artists Association is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of artists working in the historic Stutz Business and Arts Center. For more than 20 years, the Stutz Artists Association has sponsored the Stutz Residency Program that provides free studio space to emerging artists. 


The Indiana Historical Society has collected many items during its 190-year history. It’s a rare occurrence that we are compelled to collect history in real time. But that’s what we’re experiencing right now. Jody Blankenship, President and CEO

We’re asking for your help to document this historical event, the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to collect your voices, images, writings and stories to preserve for future generations. We want to hear how you, your family, and your community are experiencing and living in this “new normal.”


We have set up a special online tool that will allow you to share your stories, photos and other items so future generations can understand what this experience was like for Hoosiers. You can also learn more about this initiative by visiting our special Documenting COVID-19 on the Indiana web page.


Future researchers and visitors to the Indiana Historical Society will have you to thank for sharing a part of your lives with them as they work to understand our current lived experience.


Newfields online virtual experiences now include:

Step into the Design Gallery with Shelley Selim,

Curator of Design and Decorative Arts as she talks about Hitomi Hosono's Very Large Feather Leaves Bowl (2018). Shelley and Shoshana Resnikoff, Curator at The Wolfsonian, will be spotlighting female designers in the coming weeks using #LadyDesignBrigade

Learn about Robert Seldon Duncanson's 

work and legacy with Dr. Kelli Morgan, Associate Curator of American Art. In this video, Kelli discusses Loch Long, which is part of the IMA's collection, and shares where else in the Midwest you can see Duncanson's work

Follow Newfields on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for fun facts, arts and crafts, and Live sessions with Newfields experts. 


From Eiteljorg: Click on the video above to hear our curator of Western art, history and culture, Johanna M. Blume, explain how the quilts on display in our Quilts: Uncovering Women's Stories exhibition are expressive of women's experiences in the West. And, be sure to check our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for additional videos that we'll be sharing about this amazing exhibition. 



Rescheduled events

Center for the Performing Arts: 

Canadian indie-pop band Walk Off The Earth has set a new date for its debut at the Center for the Performing Arts: Aug. 9. WOTE’s previously scheduled April 17 date was among the Center Presents performances canceled this week in response to new public health guidelines on COVID-19. But the group, known for its vocal harmonies, gymnastic musicianship and whimsical videos, is rescheduling the U.S. tour in support of its new album, HERE WE GO! The local performance is now set for 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel. Tickets purchased for the previous date will be honored, and ticket sales resume today at


An Evening with David Sedaris – featuring all-new stories, an audience Q&A and a book signing – has been postponed to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel. Tickets starting at $45 are available now at or Ticket holders unable to attend the new date are eligible for a full refund.



We look forward to seeing you when we open The Sound of Music as scheduled on May 14. Tickets to this production and our future shows will remain available online. If you need to reach someone during this time, please email


Arts & Culture organizations:

Family Programs

Bloomington-based WonderLab is offering Weekly Virtual Science Programs 

Programs will broadcast twice daily via Zoom LIVE Tuesday – Saturday at 9 am and 3 pm. On Sunday there will be a program via Zoom LIVE from 3-4 pm. Programs include favorites such as: Science Story Time, Science Sprouts, Discovery Time, Science Explorations, Dive Deeper, and STEM Sunday. Links to Zoom Live available at or on Facebook


 March 25 

9 - 9:30 am -  Discovery Time for ages 3-6 years

Join us on-line for Discovery Time! All welcome. Activities designed for children ages 3-6 years. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE. 


3 - 3:30 pm - Science Exploration for Grades 1-6 

Join the WonderLab Museum Experience Team, for hands-on science explorations  and a demonstration of science  activities that can be done at home. All welcome. Activities designed for Grades 1-6.  Click here to join via Zoom LIVE. 


March 26

9 - 9:30 am -  Science Sprouts for children birth through age 3

Join WonderLab Museum Educator Nell Kranke as we continue learning about the human body. All welcome. Activities designed for children birth through age 3. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


3 - 3:30 pm - Science Exploration for Grades 1-6 

Join the WonderLab Museum Education Team, for hands-on science explorations  and a demonstration of science  activities that can be done at home. All welcome. Activities designed for Grades 1-6. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE. 


March 27

9 - 9:30 am -  Science Story Time for children birth through age 6 

Join WonderLab's Deirdre Sheets as she reads a classic children's book about baking by Virginia Kahl and then explores baking soda and yeast.  All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through age 6. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


3 - 3:30 pm - Dive Deeper for All Ages 

Join Animal Exhibits Manager, Sam Couch, live at the Wonder Under the Waves Aquarium for at home experiments, a visit with the aquarium animals and all things marine biology. All welcome. Activities designed for all ages. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


March 28

9 - 9:30 am -  Science Story Time for children birth through age 6 

Join WonderLab educators for a read aloud story followed by a simple science demonstration. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 6. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.

3 - 3:30 pm - Science Exploration for Grades 1-6 

Join the WonderLab Museum Experience Team, for hands-on science explorations  and a demonstration of science  activities that can be done at home. All welcome. Activities designed for Grades 1-6. Click here to join via Zoom LIVE.


 March 29 - Virtual Program

3- pm- STEM Sundays for Families

Join WonderLab Museum Educator Sarah Lynn Wells and work together on a project for the whole family! This program is made possible through funding from Cook Medical. and CFC Properties. Click here to join Zoom LIVE.    


The annual  Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s Presidential Egg Roll on April 4, this year is happening from every own’s backyard. Just have phones and social media posts at the ready, reads the email.
“All participants need is 1 egg, 1 spoon, a participant and at least 25 feet of yard, sidewalk or driveway to roll the egg. Winner’s tape is optional. The Presidential Site will be awarding prizes in three categories—best dressed egg rollers (12 and under), best decorated egg and best egg course. Just remember social distancing and keeping the (Family) Egg Roll to your immediate family members to help ensure good health and public safety!

 Watch the Presidential Site's Facebook page (@BenjaminHarrisonPresidentialSite) and Instagram (presbenjaminharrison) for a Presidential Egg Roll tutorial straight from the source. We ask participants to share their photo or video entries on social media by using the hashtag #2020PresidentialEggRoll.”




Adult programming 

March 27 at 7:30 p.m., Actors Theatre of Indiana co-founders Don, Cindy and Judy are sharing “fantastic favorite songs through Facebook Live. 

Grab a drink and come join us,” reads the ati email. “We are working on a Zoom conference options that goes on FB for Friday night.” Go to:


Carmel Center for the Performing Arts posted programs and sites to access on Interlude: Virtual Entertainment from the Center;  and follow the Center here :  FacebookTwitter and Instagram

for news about online performances you can enjoy at home, peeks behind the scenes at the Center and opportunities to help you keep the arts in your life


Indiana Humanities is posting resources across a spectrum of assistance and what you need to know and can do. The email also invites: “How are you engaging with your friends, family, neighbors and strangers? Let us know on FacebookTwitter or Instagram (#HomeboundHumanities), and next week maybe we’ll feature your tip.”  

Click on the film titles below to join INHumanities Facebook Film Festival viewing and discussion “with prizes for those who like, share and comment.” 

The monthly Books, Booze & Brains book club is going virtual on March 31 via Zoom for a facilitated conversation among popular science book club lovers. “You don’t have to read the book in advance to participate.”


Read fantastic pieces from Midwest authors in Belt Magazine as part of our INseparable initiative. They cover topics such as “Traveling While Black,” “Losing the Farm,” “At the Lake County Fair” and more.  




 Indiana Historical Society offices, including the membership office, will be closed through April 6, 2020. IThe membership office is postponing the processing of renewals by check and the printing of member cards until staff can return to the building. Checks that are received in the mail will be held in a secure area until the stay-at-home-order has been lifted.

You are welcome to renew your membership online here. You will not lose any time on your year of Indiana history – all memberships renewed during the closure will expire 1 year from the day member cards are printed, not from the day the renewal payment is received. This adjustment will be made automatically – you do not need to do anything.

Contact with any questions or concerns.


Indy Reads Books will be temporarily closed to the public and staff starting at 5 p.m. March 24 and will remain closed until Tuesday, April 7. 


Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective is offering a 40-minute EmbodieDance class with Lani Weissbach on Zoom from 10-10:40 a.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting  March 24.

  1. Sign up for a free Zoom account if you don't already have one
  2. To take the class, click here. Please click on the donate button first and donate what you can. Next, go back to the class page and click on "the meeting link" and it will take you to the class.

The email advises, “You should have at little bit of space to move in, and if you have a hard floor, have a yoga or exercise mat or thick blanket available in case we work on the floor. Zoom does not have a great way for the host to share music with you, so feel free to set up your own playlist for these classes if you prefer to have sound to support your movement. Email with any questions. 


Newfields Social-distancing Program on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. is a virtual happy hour at Instagram Live  with Lindsay Jo Whirley, Culinary Arts Operations Manager and Certified Cicerone®. 



Indiana State Teachers Association is posting a daily Chalk Beat online column with information on education/school related topics including this notice: “Families still can pick up food from their school districts and take their children to day cares when a statewide stay-at-home order goes into effect on Wednesday.” Read pertinent information here:

The public also is invited to send emails to describe “What  school closures mean for your life? Tell us here.”


 Moon Trail Update

38th Street Monon Trail New Bridge Construction means MononTrail users  are detoured via 40th Street to a temporary crosswalk over 38th Street at Winthrop Avenue, and that proceeds along Edgewood Place to reconnect with the trail. The temporary crossing will feature signage, lane dividers and other traffic control devices to ensure pedestrian safety.

A joint project of the Indianapolis Department of Works and Indy Parks, “The raised pedestrian bridge is part of more than $4.5 million in trail infrastructure that will improve safety for trail users at 38th Street while connecting the north and south segments of the Monon Trail,” according to a news release. 

“Motorists may see temporary lane restrictions on 38th Street of up to three days to place crosswalk pavement markings; work is expected to occur between between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. No long-term lane closures are anticipated during this phase of the project.”


Elder Care Update

The Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County (SCHC) is one of many community organizations asking for special help for “connecting seniors to programs and resources that support their independence.”

The email to reports, “There are 7,500 seniors in Hamilton County who live at or below the 40th percentile of the area medium income ($16,000 or less).”  Get full information here: or  contact Lauren Guynn, Executive Director, 317-674-8777 or Melanie Fauth, Board member/Corona Virus Task Force leader, 317.313.7132.



Butler Arts & Events Center (of Butler University) are canceled today through Sunday, April 12 and updates will be provided on an event-by-event basis as additional cancellations may take place. The Butler Arts & Events Center will work with its presenting partners on rescheduling upcoming performances and will provide more details to its patrons regarding each show as soon as possible.  In the meantime, patrons should not visit the Butler Arts & Events Center venues including Clowes Memorial Hall, Schrott Center for the Arts, Shelton Auditorium, Lilly Hall Studio Theatre or Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall until further notice.

We will be in contact with those via email with tickets to a performance. We ask patrons to please be patient as there are many performances to be addressed.

The Butler Arts & Events Center will continue to post updates on as well as through email and social media platforms.

We appreciate the leadership from our University and public officials and will continue to comply with guidance and directives to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and patrons.

Indy Reads: 

We know people are nervous and that anxiety and fear is off the charts. We want to provide several ways to support you and our community:
  • Phone book orders will be taken by calling 317-384-1496 (Daily 11AM - 5PM). Our staff can look for the books you want or we can make suggestions based on your interests - or you can order a mystery bundle by genre. If we don’t have it, we can order it for you. All orders can be picked up at the doorstep of Indy Reads Books (911 Massachusetts Avenue).
  • You can purchase audio books and support our bookstore by going online.
  • Virtual programming and engagement - Keep an eye on your email for more information later this week and follow us on social media (InstagramFacebookTwitter ). We’re going to be posting and sharing lots of fun quizzes, book discussions, a virtual book club and more! We all need a break from the stress around us.

Due to the area travel advisories and out of an abundance of caution, the Newfields campus is temporarily closed through April 14, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
This closure includes all campus buildings, The Garden, Fairbanks Park and Miller House and Gardens (Columbus, Ind.)

This decision was made to help protect the safety and health of our staff, guests, and volunteers. Newfields is closely monitoring the developments of the global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following updates from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the strong guidance and mandates from our State and City Government, including the acknowledgment of area travel advisories, on how to slow the spread of this virus.

Cancelled events: 
All tours, events, public programs, lectures, and classes have been cancelled through until April 14. If you have pre-purchased tickets for an event or program, you will be contacted within the next 14 business days regarding refunds or rescheduling. For more information please visit our cancelled events page.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our campus when safety protocols guide us is it safe to reopen. We appreciate your patience, support, and understanding during this time. All Newfields updates can be found on our website or on our social media channels.


Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Following the Centers for Disease Control’s guideline to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, ISO activity is on hiatus through May 27.

Concerts affected by the cancellation include:
• The Passion of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony: Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14
• Ruth Reinhardt Leads the ISO: Thursday, March 19; Friday, March 20; and Saturday, March 21
• Mendelssohn’s Elijah: Friday, March 27
• Broadway Standing Ovations: Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4
• Conrad Jones Plays Haydn: Thursday, April 16; Friday, April 17; and Saturday, April 18
• Resurrection Mixtape: Mahler, 2Pac, Biggie; Wednesday, April 22
• An Evening with Lea Salonga: Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25
• Mary Poppins in Concert Live to Film: Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3
• Edo de Waart Conducts Elgar: Thursday, May 7; Friday, May 8; and Saturday, May 9
• Bartók v. Björk: Wednesday, May 13
• The Vinyl Years: A Classic Rock Songbook: Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16

Several options are available for patrons who have already purchased tickets to these concerts:
• Donate your tickets, which are tax deductible for your ticket value. Your generous support is appreciated, as it allows the ISO to continue fulfilling our mission during challenging times. To donate your tickets please fill out this Donation Request Form.
• Exchange your tickets into any concert remaining in the current ISO subscription season (ending June 13) or our summer Bank of America Film Series performances
• Exchange your tickets for a gift certificate to be used for any ISO ticket purchase in the next 5 years

Ticket exchanges can be made through June 13, 2020. For assistance, please contact the ISO Box Office by email at, as our physical Box Office on Monument Circle is temporarily closed. 

The ISO’s public events outside of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, including Metropolitan Youth Orchestra rehearsals and Teddy Bear Series performances, are also cancelled through May 27.


Butler Arts and Events Center: In accordance with the most recent directives from Governor Holcomb and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning COVID 19, events at the Butler Arts and Events Center are cancelled the next eight (8) weeks through Monday, May 11, 2020. Additional events outside of that date range may also cancel so patrons are encouraged to check for the most up-to-date show information regarding cancellations and rescheduled/postponed events.

IndyFringe [all theatres]: 'The show must go on’ is our battle cry. However, based on the rapidly unfolding events and as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, protect our staff, performers and patrons, and to play our role in response to limiting transmission, we will close the theatres.
“We extend our solidarity to all of those who are impacted, especially artists, performers, and staff of all theatre companies whose livelihood depends on a vibrant and fully functioning arts community.” said board president, Gary Reiter. “We will explore ways in which we can continue to play a role in uplifting and supporting our communities through the performing arts during these closures.” 
“For ticket holders booked to attend performances over this period, further information is available on our website at  We ask you to defer or donate your tickets and in that way we can support arts workers who are “really vulnerable”, with many working as casual or on short-term contracts, with little or no sickness benefits.” Reiter added.
Here is my number - 317 522 8099 - and I am always happy to take your calls.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is closing the museum for all public events and all tours through April 5.

“Effective March 15th, the Indiana Medical History Museum is temporarily closed to the public. To protect the health of our staff and volunteers and our community, we will be working from home as much as possible, and we will not be offering tours of the Old Pathology Building until further notice. We will continue to reevaluate the situation as it unfolds and keep you informed when the decision is made to reopen. This was a difficult decision to make. We regret the inconvenience to our visitors and members, and the impact on our operations and our income may prove to be significant. But the health and well-being of our staff and volunteers, our visitors, and our community is our primary concern. Thank you for your patience and understanding.” learn more: 317-635-7329

Beef & Boards:  “Due to new recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has made the difficult decision to close for 8 weeks. Our current production of Saturday Night Fever and the upcoming production of An American in Paris are cancelled. We plan to reopen with the scheduled opening of The Sound of Music on May 14. Media Night will be May 16. We had hoped to continue operations in a limited capacity, but ultimately the health and safety of our guests, casts, and employees are of utmost priority and we will take the appropriate steps to limit unnecessary contact.  Please continue to do all you can to protect yourselves and your families at this challenging time. We hope to see you in May.”  learn more:   317.876.0513

Indiana Repertory Theatre has made the extremely difficult decision to close to the public for the rest of the 19-20 Season. This is devastating news for our staff and artists, and we do not make this decision lightly. We thank our loyal patrons for your patience as we move forward in these unprecedented times.  Our Ticket Office will be in touch with patrons who purchased Murder on the Orient Express tickets to best accommodate the closing of this production as well as the closing of the season. As you can imagine, our customer service staff is experiencing high volumes of requests at this time, and we ask that you await their contact.

For Murder on the Orient Express ticket holders: IRT, in partnership with WFYI, is pleased to offer ticket holders a taped performance of Murder on the Orient Express. We will have details on accessing this online in the next two weeks.

Please consider exchanging your tickets for an IRT gift card of the same value.

Please consider donating the value of your ticket(s) back to the IRT.

If you have tickets for the remainder of the season:

Please consider exchanging your tickets for an IRT gift card of the same value.

Please consider donating the value of your ticket(s) back to the IRT.

 We know that closing for the remainder of the season is the right decision to make for our community, but please consider donating the value of the remainder of this season’s tickets to the IRT. We hope that you will help support the work of the IRT and the people who create the sets, lights, sound, costumes, take your tickets, serve your beverages, and so many more behind the scenes. We cannot overstate the devastating impact that not performing the remainder of our season will have on our organization. We know that you love what an evening at the IRT entails–an evening of high-quality theatre that strengthens community and expands our humanity.”

Gennesaret Free Clinics: “The primary focus of Gennesaret is and will continue to be the safety and well-being of our patients and residents, along with the safety of our volunteers and staff. We have closely monitored the COVID-19 outbreak and continue to seek medical advisement from the Center for Disease Control, Indiana State Department of Health, and Gennesaret’s Medical Advisory Committee. In an effort to maintain a proactive response plan, please allow me to share the steps we’ve taken over the course of the last few weeks as well as preventative measures moving forward. 

As soon as the first case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, was confirmed in Indiana, we halted operations at our volunteer medical clinics. We did so in an effort to protect our volunteer caregivers and the vulnerable patients who may be or have been exposed to the virus, people who would be in the waiting areas, and other people receiving services at the facilities of our partner nonprofits and churches.

We also stopped taking new admissions into our health recovery homes and are actively working to discharge current residents. We did this out of an abundance of caution as we do not have the infrastructure (staff, food, medicine) to care for up to 12 quarantined patients. As of this writing, all current residents have discharge plans and will be returning to friends or family within the next two weeks.  

As we temporarily shift our focus from direct patient care, we remain committed to connecting patients with the resources best suited to meet their health care needs. We are monitoring the phones, helping with referrals, conducting health phone screenings, and helping with medication refill resources. Be on the lookout for a "how to wash your hands" video we have in the works. 

Gennesaret’s Medical Advisory Committee is in regular communication. We are committed to keeping you informed and up to date during this trying time. We will make sure you are well abreast of our re-opening plans, which will be as soon it is determined prudent.

Your love and support mean the world to us as we work to continue to serve the people who need our help.”

Phoenix Theatre: “We have decided to take the additional preventative measure of closing the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre to the public. As you can imagine, we are saddened that we must take this action, but we do so out of concern for our patrons, staff, artists and the community.

Beginning today, our administrative offices and the Phoenix Gallery’s Faith Blackwell Photography Exhibit will be closed to the public until at least March 30. As previously announced, all productions and events at our Centre have been cancelled until March 30, including performances of The Agitators, Q Artistry’s ZirkusGrimm and Summit Performance Indianapolis’ This Authentic Person.

During the closure, our Box Office staff will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 317-635-7529. We will return all messages as quickly as possible. You may also send an email to an email to

You, no doubt, have been hearing about other closures across Indianapolis and beyond. The financial impact that can occur when a theatre must "go dark" due to unforeseen circumstances can be quite devastating to all the professional actors, directors, designers, technicians and administrators who work in these great cultural institutions throughout our community.

We are being mindful of the situation and are being as fiscally responsible as possible. The fact is, however, the COVID-19 situation will negatively affect the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre. You can help us during this time by making a tax-deductible charitable gift to support our general operations. Together, we will ensure our programming continues to challenge the mind, touch the heart, and inspire the human spirit.

Indiana Landmarks will be canceling all tours, events, and in-person meetings through May 8. This includes our shops and hotel tours at French Lick and West Baden Springs. 

In addition, all Indiana Landmarks offices and properties will be closed to the public, but staff will be working from home. You can reach us at 800-450-4534 or check our website for a complete staff directory. 

If you’ve already purchased tickets to one of our tours or have scheduled an event or meeting at Indiana Landmarks Center or one of our other properties, you will be contacted directly regarding refunds and options for rescheduling.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art will temporarily close to visitors, starting Tuesday, March 17. the following museum public programs will be postponed or canceled:

March 21: The kickoff events for the new exhibition Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories, including the lecture by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, gallery tour and Quilts opening party.

 March 25: The meeting of the Western Book Club.

April 3: The curator’s choice talk by Dorene Red Cloud, assistant curator of Native American art, about the quilt by Susan Hudson, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women since 1492.

April 4:  Smithsonian Museum Day and International Slow Art Day.

April 11:  The quilting-related workshop by InFiber.

Saturday April 18: Undercover Tour of Quilts, with curator of Western art, history and culture Johanna M. Blume.

April 23: Volunteer Recognition Dinner

April 25:  Spring Market

May 1: The curator’s choice talk by quilt artists Karen Colglazier and Diane Bremen.

May 9: Quilts workshop with Crimson Tate.

The public can check the museum’s website,, or social media for the latest announcements on when the museum and its galleries of Native American and Western art will reopen to visitors, and when programming events will resume.

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center will close to the public, including all rental and public events, through April 6. We will continue to evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis, and every attempt will be made to reschedule events for a later date.

Even though the William Henry Smith Memorial Library will be closed for in-person visits, the Archives and Library staff are still available to assist the public with remote and online requests. Additional updates will be posted here as needed. If you have already purchased tickets to an upcoming event, please contact us by email at or by phone at (317) 232-1882. You can also use this email and phone number with additional questions or concerns.

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will be temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, effective March 17.  Any planned programs or events through the end of April will also be canceled or rescheduled, and registered attendees will be notified. Ticketholders may turn their program fees into a donation to the museum, or refunds will be available for any tickets purchased. Questions about tickets can be directed to Visitor Services at (317) 232-1637.

Any updates will be posted on the museum system’s website at and on social media. 

Edible Indy: We are compiling an ongoing list of how to support local businesses who can not afford to lose their income and many of us need their products or services. Gift cards, delivery, curbside pick up, free or low-cost shipping… all are ways we need to support our Central Indiana community. We are working on many moving parts to keep this list updated for our readers, followers and community during this unimaginable time. If you can commit to supporting some of these businesses or even purchasing gift cards online, it can make the difference between someone staying open or someone closing permanently. Many of these delivery services are booking days out - be patient! And remember to overtip your delivery drivers. Please make sure to follow us on social media @edibleindy or subscribe to our newsletter on our home page for updates.

Indiana City Brewery: We are only able to sell beer for CARRY OUT & HOME DELIVERY through the remainder of March 2020. Limited Carry Out Hours:

Monday-Thursday 4:00-8:00 PM; Friday-Sunday 12:00-8:00 PM; For your convenience

Carry out and home delivery orders may be placed online at (

Same-day pickup required. Home delivery available within a 5-mile radius 

You can always support our brewery from your sofa or anywhere through purchasing an e-gift card. 

Triton Brewery: Governor Holcomb has issued guidelines that, “Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March.” 

Triton Brewing Company and Bistro considers the safety of our team, guests and our community our highest priority and we will be in compliance with the recommendations made by our Governor. In an effort to keep employing our team and providing food and support to our community, we will be offering a full takeout menu and curbside pick up to those who would like to pick up food and beer to take home. We are exploring delivery in a limited geographic region, as well.

For the latest news on Triton Brewing Company and Bistro’s response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, please check out, find us on, or Instagram.

We recognize the impact that this health concern has on everyday life. Its consequences impact us all personally and can be devastating to small businesses. Please make it a priority to support us, or other local businesses, to the degree that you can, during this difficult time.

Beer Events Update:

Oaken Barrel:
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are following federal and state guidelines and closed our dining room to the public. Our Full Menu, Carry Out 6-Packs, Growlers, and Wine Bottles are available for carry out purposes from 11 am – 8 pm daily, with the option to use curbside pickup. We are also running a Gift Certificate Promotion where you will receive a $10 Promo Gift Certificate for every $50 Gift Certificate Purchase!  
We deeply appreciate your support and confidence during these trying times. We encourage you to support local businesses as you see fit. We’ll keep doing our part in trying to serve the community as best we can. Thank you.

Ash & Elm Cider Co. is offering direct-to-consumer cider sales online. The fast-growing Indianapolis cidery has both flagship and specialty ciders available to ship to 37 states, including throughout Indiana. Online store:

POSTPONED--  April 4, Sour Wild Funk Fest by Upland Brewing Company hosted at Mavris Arts & Event Center


April 4, 9th Annual TAP for TAF Craft Brew Fest downtown Lafayette, 3-6pm. 

Bloomington Craft Beer Festival. We have been following the recommendations and developmentments of the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and state and local governments.  

April 11,  Bloomington Craft Beer Festival. Ticket holders will receive an email with refund information within the next couple of days. 

We hope to be able to see all of you at the 25th Anniversary of Indiana Microbrewers Festival, July 25th. Until then we will do our best to continue to support our members and community through this challenging experience.

Indy Eleven is offering up the best of all possible ways to make this pandemic interlude joyful via daily animated tweets; hoping you can access here:

The Cabaret: The Next Generations Cabaret scheduled for Friday, April 17 has been rescheduled for Friday, September 11. Ticket holders do not need to notify The Cabaret unless they cannot attend the rescheduled date. If you are unable to make the rescheduled show, or if the show is canceled entirely, rain checks will be automatically banked in your account to be used toward an alternate 2020 performance.

At this point in time, no action is needed from ticket holders for any other show.  Ticket holders will be contacted as changes arise.

Beginning  March 19, The Cabaret box office and administrative offices will be closed to the public with plans to reopen on Monday, March 30. (Dates subject to change.) Box office staff will still be available Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM at 317-275-1169.

Actors Theatre of Indiana: "In light of recent steps being taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Actors Theatre of Indiana would like to applaud the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel for suspending all stage events for 30 days, until April 12,  and we pledge our support in that undertaking.
As you may know, ATI’s next performance – Damn Yankees – is not scheduled to begin until April 24 and it is our hope that this virus will have run its course by then. However, we also recognize the serious nature of COVID-19 and the need to take all steps necessary to prevent its spread. That is why we will proceed with caution, continue to monitor the situation and then make a decision by April 1 whether or not to continue with the show."

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra: In accordance with state and city public health guidelines, all large-scale public events are closed in Indiana through April 10, 2020. As a result, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) Frankenstein Movie scheduled for March 21 at the Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center has been rescheduled. 

The following three (3) options are available for those who have tickets to Frankenstein: All previously purchased tickets to the Saturday, March 21 performance will be honored on Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 PM.  No need to exchange.

If the Saturday, June 6 date presents a conflict, you may exchange your tickets for one of the two remaining 2019-20 performances, on April 18 or May 17. Frankenstein ticket holders may also exchange for 2020-21 season performances. All exchange fees will be waived in this situation.

Donate your tickets, and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value.

All requests for ticket donations or exchanges must be received by April 15, 2020. For assistance, please contact the ICO Office by phone at 317-940-9607 or via email at

In light of the evolving situation, the ICO is looking at alternatives for our remaining concerts on April 18 and May 17 should the COVID-19 situation dictate additional concert postponement/rescheduling. We must follow the protocols of Butler University, as our facility is on campus. Any updates by the university may be found at

The ICO will continue to monitor updates from local, state and federal authorities regarding the coronavirus. Our focus is to remain informed of local impact and make sure our patrons can enjoy performances without worry. Updates to ICO concert plans and details about this evolving situation may be found at

Updates to ICO concert plans and details about this evolving situation may be found at

Four Day Ray Brewery: "In the light of the recent news from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 virus, worldwide concerns and to error on the side of caution, Four Day Brewing has decided to scale back the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned for this weekend.

"Our signature event (March 13th & 14th) Firkin St. Patrick’s Day tent party has been cancelled. All ticket purchases have been refunded and anyone who purchased a ticket to the event has received a discount offer to be redeemed at Four Day Ray.

The March 14th Leprechaun Breakfast hosted by the City of Fishers has been cancelled.
The March 15th Firkin 5K Run and Brunch has been cancelled.

Four Day Ray’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend shenanigans will continue at Four Day Ray Brewing all weekend. 
Our Irish Lager and our Firkin “Irish You Were Here” Green Glitter Lager will be tapped.
We will be serving Irish favorites including Executive Chef Kyle’s famous Reuben (featured earlier this week on Fox 59 & Indy Style).
We will be pouring specialty cocktails including our Jameson Irish Wake, Tito’s Blueberry Lemonade, and Emerald Isle Margarita.
No tickets are needed to dine in our all-ages restaurant for regular lunch or dinner services.
Should you need more information or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 317.343.0200. The safety of our staff and guests is extremely important to us and we appreciate your continued patronage. We will get through this together. We look forward to serving you soon.

The University of Indianapolis appreciates your support and interest in the many arts and cultural events hosted on campus throughout the year. We are sharing this message to keep you informed about the University’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

First, it is important to know that we still do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections within our UIndy community. Even without an active case, we believe that we must do our best to help prevent the community spread of the disease.

We have been in constant communication with many experts in the field to determine our best course of action regarding our policies on group activities. Pursuant to the guidance and advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health, and World Health Organization (WHO), the University has made the difficult decision to suspend all campus events until it is deemed safe to return to business as usual. This includes all scheduled performances at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

These events include, but are not limited to, all intercollegiate athletic events, practices, and competitions; lectures and performances (L/P events); RSOs (registered student events); intramurals; music performances; arts and culture events; campus activities; speakers series; prospective student events; celebrations/parties; University staff and faculty meetings containing more than 50 individuals; church/worship services; seminars, camps and conferences; and any event the University is hosting on behalf of another organization.

We are heartbroken that we have to suspend all of these events. We know how hard students, faculty, and visiting guest artists have practiced, rehearsed, and planned for these. Wherever possible, we hope to reschedule as many of these events as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please check for updates.

Get the latest updates on the University of Indianapolis' response to COVID-19.

Indiana Landmarks: All tours and events have been postponed through the end of April. We’re working to see if/when we might be able to reschedule “Talking Track: Bob Jenkins & Al Unser, Jr.” [originally set for April 2]

Brickworld® LEGO® Exposition reschedules Indianapolis Show to November 14-15 at Indiana State Fairgrounds, Blue Ribbon Pavilion, 1202 East 38th St. All pre-purchased tickets will be honored at the November dates, including Groupon deals. For details, call 317-572-LEGO (5346) or visit

Asante Children's Theatre, Fighting the Good Fight has been postponed. Once the new performance dates have been confirmed and it is deemed safe for large gatherings to take place, the Asante Children's Theatre will resume normal operations. All tickets will be honored. 

Phoenix Theatre: "We have decided to conclude performances of The Agitators by Mat Smart with March 15 Sunday matinee. All shows previously scheduled for March 19 - 22 have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis."

Center For Performing Arts/Palladium is suspending performances and events on campus through April 12. The affected venues include the Palladium, the Tarkington and the Studio Theater. The cancellations include performances by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony, as well as education events, rental events and eight Center Presents performances:

Peking Acrobats, March 15

Kurt Elling Quintet, March 21

Doolin’, March 27

Treasure Island, March 28 (two shows)

Piaf! The Show, March 28

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, March 29

800 lb. Gorilla, April 4

GHDT’s EXODUS, April 3-5,  will be rescheduled as feasible to an undetermined date at this time.

All ticketholders will be contacted and provided refunds or the option to donate the purchase amount to the presenting organization to help defray costs associated with the cancellations. The Center will work to reschedule the canceled events as feasible.

The Center’s offices will remain in operation during standard business hours. The Box Office and the Great American Songbook Exhibit Gallery at the Palladium will be closed to the public through April 12, but ticket sales for events not affected by the suspension will continue online at or by phone at (317) 843-3800.

Conner Prairie is closed through March 30th; hoping to open their new season on March 31

Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees and leadership team have made the decision to close all locations and bookmobile services to the public as of March 14 at 5:00pm. This includes cancellation of all Library programming occurring inside and outside our buildings.

 Presently, we plan to reopen with normal hours and services on Monday, April 6 - but we will continue to assess the situation to determine if a longer closure is warranted.

During this time, we will utilize our blog and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to share information with patrons, including updates on our closure and tips for making the most of online Library resources. We also encourage you to visit to explore books, movies, shows, research tools, and more to download and stream.

Don't worry about overdue books or returning items - any physical materials currently checked out will have their due dates extended until we reopen. Any holds that were placed will be waiting for you to pick up when we reopen.

KAN KAN Cinema and Brasserie has cancelled all soft opening events for next week

The Arts Council of Indianapolis shares an update regarding the arts community response to COVID-19 at www.indyarts.orgThis message contains five actions the public can take to support the arts community. The Council is preparing messaging for arts organizations and individual artists.

Here, [in alphabetical order] is who contacted with what's happening with scheduled events:

American Pianists Association reports that because the University of Indianapolis has canceled classes and extracurricular activities until April, Artist-in-Residence and 2019 APA Awards winner Emmet Cohen will not be performing masterclasses or a concert with UIndy students. 

Emmet Cohen's March 18 performance at JCC Indianapolis has also been canceled.

The Jazz Kitchen still plans to present The Emmet Cohen Trio on Saturday, March 21. For further updates, visit Jazz Kitchen website.

Dan Tepfer's Grand Encounters concert on May 3 is still scheduled.

Broadway in Indianapolis will postpone all performances of CATS scheduled between March 31 and April 5, 2020, at Clowes Memorial Hall. We ask that ticketholders please hold onto their tickets as we work to reschedule CATS in Indianapolis. We will be in touch as soon as possible with more information on the status of this event. All performances for the remaining shows in Broadway in Indianapolis's season are expected to go on as scheduled. Should anything change, we will send an update to all impacted ticket holders.

 Butler Arts & Events Center (of Butler University) events are cancelled through Sunday, April 12; updates will be provided on an event-by-event basis as additional cancellations may take place; patrons should not visit the Butler Arts & Events Center venues including Clowes Memorial Hall, Schrott Center for the Arts, Shelton Auditorium, Lilly Hall Studio Theatre or Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall until further notice.We will be in contact with those via email with tickets to a performance. We ask patrons to please be patient as there are many performances to be addressed.

Eiteljorg Museum: Postponed are: A concert by the Indianapolis Women's Chorus on March 14; The opening kickoff celebration for the new exhibition, Quilts: Uncovering Women's Stories, on March 21, will be postponed. The lecture by quilting expert Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi will be held at a later date, to be announced. The Quilts exhibition itself, featuring more than 30 beautiful, historical, artistic quilts, remains open daily to museum visitors.  

Eiteljorg's Western Book Club, scheduled for March 25 at the museum, will take place at a later date. visit or the museum's social media.

Girls Inc. Indy: our administrative office is temporarily closed until Monday, March 30. All programs have been suspended until Monday, April 6, or until further notice. Our staff will keep daily operations running smoothly via remote work. and 317-283-0086. 

Indiana Historical Society will postpone all on-site special events and programs, including group tours, until the end of April. We will continue to evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis. Every attempt will be made to reschedule events for a later date.

The remaining regional contests and state competition for National History Day in Indiana will be conducted virtually. More details will be announced as information becomes available.

General admission to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center will remain open to allow visitors the opportunity to tour the IHS exhibits and access collections and library resources. Additional updates will be posted  here

Indiana Landmarks reports, all public tours and events sponsored by Indiana Landmarks have been postponed through the end of April. We are continuing to monitor circumstances and will assess the need for additional cancellations or closings on an ongoing basis. Check our website for the latest information on specific events and tours.

Tours of the hotels at French Lick and West Baden Springs will continue as scheduled until further notice. 

Our state headquarters in Indianapolis remains open. 

 Look for additional updates in the coming days. If you have questions or concerns, contact us at 800-450-4534, 317-639-4534,   

IUPUI University Library will remain open with modified hours and very limited services. Until April 5, visitors to all IU campuses are strongly discouraged. We will not be able to support community members' access to technology during this time to allow students to have first priority. Updates or changes will be posted on our website, as well as the answers to frequently asked questions (

ICO is looking at alternative dates to present our remaining concerts should the COVID-19 situation dictate concert postponement/rescheduling. We must follow the protocols of Butler University, as our facility is on campus. Any updates by the university may be found at Updates to ICO concert plans and details about this evolving situation may be found at

Indianapolis Contemporary's COVID-19 Policy, Response, and Resources: all I/C public events and programs through March 31 are postponed. We will utilize Abstract, our website, and our robust, experimental approach to social media to explore creative approaches to adapting upcoming events and programming plans in order to ensure support for our artists and provide opportunities for audience participation in ways that are accessible and appropriate for each individual. COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Concerts canceled

The Passion of Mahler's Fifth Symphony: March 13 & 14

Ruth Reinhardt Leads the ISO: March 19- 21

Mendelssohn's Elijah: March 27

The ISO's public events outside of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, including Metropolitan Youth Orchestra rehearsals and Teddy Bear Series performances are also canceled through March 31.

Ticket exchanges can be made through June 13, 2020; contact the ISO Box Office by phone at 317.639.4300, in person at the office on Monument Circle, or by email at,

Indianapolis Propylaeum is canceling May 13 and 14 performances of "Digging in Their Heels; March 18 Prop Day; March 19 May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Event. We plan to reschedule all programs. Updates at: 317-638-7881

The IVCI has canceled its March 24 recital; The IVCI will continue to assess the local effects of COVID-19 before making any further cancellations of the season; contact the IVCI offices at (317) 637-4574 .

Jewish Community Center: For the most current status about the JCC's actions in response to information about coronavirus, please visit our webpage at 

Newfields is currently open during all regular business hours. We are taking extra precautionary measures to disinfect our space throughout each business day, as well as providing extra hand sanitizers in many public areas. We are evaluating the cancellation or postponement of scheduled activities and events on a case-by-case basis. Updates can be found at 

Additional Resources:

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recommends you contact the Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or email if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19. The ISDH can then direct you to a hospital that is prepared for your arrival and testing. You can visit the ISDH website  for more information. 

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Aaron from Do317 emailed We're going to make sure the day's major event cancellations are included in the daily newsletter, and will be updating our cancellations + postponements page as news comes in.

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