A variety of opportunities exist to experience art and culture in Blackford County and the surrounding region including museums, art galleries, community festivals, and more. Below is just a small sampling of what the area has to offer.
Visual and Performing Arts Venues
Blackford County Arts Center (Hartford City) is a visual and performing arts venue located in a renovated storefront across from the historic Blackford County Courthouse. The Center houses gallery space as well as two practice rooms, while educational programming provides art and music instruction for all ages. The Center also sponsors occasional performances by local and regional artists.
- Taylor Theatre (Upland) on the campus of Taylor University, is the home for a variety of performances by theatre students.
- Emens Auditorium (Muncie) located on the Ball State University campus, plays host to college functions as well as major symphonies, Broadway productions, ballets, and other forms of local, regional, national, and internationally-known entertainment.
Honeywell Center (Wabash) hosts globally recognized performances in its 1,500 seat theater. The facility also contains an art gallery, restaurant, and several other spaces.
- Muncie Civic Theatre (Muncie) offers performances, and provides education and community outreach.
- Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion) provides a diverse series of performances featuring concerts by the IWU Music Division, plays by the IWU Theatre Guild, the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, and special visiting artists.
- Portland Center (Portland) includes an arts center, outdoor plaza, arts park, and gas kiln. Within the center facility stands Hall-Moser Theatre, galleries, Goodrich Hall, visual arts and music studios, and meeting rooms.
- Paramount Theatre Centre & Ballroom (Anderson) built in 1929, this facility plays host to a variety of entertainment options such as stage acts, musical performances, and more.
- Cornerstone Center for the Arts (Muncie) offers classes in a variety of categories, including, dance, visual arts, music, fitness, theatre, writing and much more. The Center hosts many art shows and events throughout the year.
- Anderson Center for the Arts (Anderson) is a community center whose primary purpose is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts through programs, exhibitions, and a permanent collection.
- Pulse Opera House (Warren) operates as a not-for-profit summer theatre, specializing in melodramas, comedies, and musicals by local and area talent. It is Indiana’s oldest operating historical opera house.
- Fairmount Historical Museum (Fairmount) houses town artifacts as well as pieces connected to Fairmount natives actor James Dean and “Garfield” creator Jim Davis.
- Gas City Museum (Gas City) contains artifacts from the Gas City area spanning from the late 19th-century to the present.
- Minnestrista (Muncie) is a museum center with exhibits and programs for children, families, adults, scouts, teachers, and students that focus on nature, history, gardens, and art. Its forty-acre campus includes gardens, a modern museum facility, an historic home, nature area, sculptures, and a portion of the White River Greenway.
- Muncie Children’s Museum (Muncie) has exhibits, programs, and events geared toward children.
- The Glass Musem (Dunkirk), located inside the Dunkirk Public Library, showcases over 8,000 pieces of glassware from 110 factories around the world including Indiana Glass in Dunkirk.
Montpelier Jamboree (Montpelier) celebrates the town’s heritage each Labor Day weekend with a parade, antique automobile cruise-in, carnival, musical entertainment, and good food.
- Civil War Days (Hartford City) is a multi-day event held every May featuring battle re-renactments, blacksmiths, weavers, spinners, a ladies tea and fashion show, cooking contest, and more.
- Summerfest (Hartford City), held every July, includes artist vendors, music, childrens’ activities, farmers’ market, and food.
- Heritage Days Festival (Hartford City), held each May, includes rides, games, entertainment, and food.