Archive for December 2010

New Classes Starting in Just a Few Weeks!   Leave a comment

A whole new season of classes will be starting in just a few short weeks. We have lots of subjects to keep you busy and keep the creativity flowing through the cold winter months.

Try your hand at fused glass jewelry, clay handbuilding, or oil painting. Ever wanted to try out your acting skills? We’ve got acting classes for beginners, and for those who would like to create their own monologue. You can try your hand at poetry writing or test your skills in beginning Flamenco dance!

There are also lots of options for the little artists in your family. Saturday A.M. Art Kids will help your little one build skills and confidence through fun activities like clay work, painting, and even paper mache monster creation! Aside from the visual arts, we also offer courses in modern dance, ballet and violin, plus so much more. Click on the link below to get a full listing of courses, workshops, special events–all the GPAC has to offer this January-May!

2011 Winter Spring Program Guide SMALL

Posted December 19, 2010 by GPAC Arts in Classes

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Black Pearls 2011   Leave a comment



Featuring original works from up-and-coming as well as established local, regional and national artists of African descent, this engaging exhibition offers a glimpse at how these artists push the visual arts into exciting territories. From textiles to traditional painting techniques, this exhibition will make you stop and rethink what is “Black Art.”

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Posted December 14, 2010 by GPAC Arts in Calls to Artists

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Faten and Il Troubadore in Concert, Middle-Eastern Dance and Music at the GPAC!   1 comment

The GPAC invites you to celebrate the holidays with a Middle-Eastern flair! This coming Sunday, Dec. 12th, we will be hosting “Faten & il Troubadore in Concert.” This incredible event will feature the eclectic sounds of il Troubadore, Indianapolis’ own 16th Century rock band, and the celebrated dancers from Ms. Faten Ali-Munger’s dance troupe as well as Master Dancers from the surrounding area. Advanced dancers will have the opportunity to take a Master Class from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call Ms. Faten Ali-Munger to register at 250-2029.

Faten Ali-Munger

“An accomplished musician and dancer, Faten Ali Munger is proficient in European dance and her native Egyptian dance. Dedicated to teaching dance from a cosmopolitan perspective, Faten also demonstrates the important role music and rhythm play in dance.”

il Troubadore

“Formed in May 2004, Il Troubadore was conceived first as a variety band designed for private parties and small venues. The name was chosen to reflect the early material – which included several Italian Bel Canto, operatic arias, and Irish and Scottish folk tunes. Robert Bruce Scott, a classically trained vocalist plays mandolin, Celtic harp and classical guitar. Jon Silpayamanant exercises his classical-training on the cello and also contributes to the singing. In 2007, Paul Radecki added his dumbek talents to the ensemble. Wendi Wampler (aka Amirah) is il Troubadore’s resident bellydance as well as adding her clarinet skills to the mix.

The band quickly adapted to playing in larger clubs, adding rock, country, disco, jazz and folk covers from a broad variety of cultures as well as strong original material that blends heavy metal, classical and world music influences. Their Middle Eastern flair attracted attention from Midwest’s rapidly growing belly dance community. Now, local and regional dancers and musicians accompany il Troubadore at many of their appearances.

With a growing list of over 700 songs from over 60 countries and in 37 langugages at their command, with styles that range from most euro-american pop genres (e.g. Heavy Metal, Disco, Country, and Rock); to world music folk (e.g. Irish, Scottish, Albanian, Bhangra); to Asian film and dance-drama music (e.g. India Bollywood, Chinese, Thai); to western art music (e.g. Italian bel canto, Classical, Jazz). The quartet is constantly adding new songs to their set lists, with premieres happening on an almost weekly basis.”

Posted December 7, 2010 by GPAC Arts in Events

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Santa is on his way…to Garfield Park!   Leave a comment

This Saturday, December 11th, Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves will be visiting Garfield Park for a Christmastime event you won’t want to miss! All three facilities in the park are putting on their Christmas best and hosting free holiday activities for the whole family. The event runs from 10:00am – 1:00pm, and there will be a shuttle service taking visitors to and from all three locations.

Stop in to the Garfield Conservatory for a free visit to Conservatory Crossing–a brilliant display of poinsettias, model trains, train villages and thousands of twinkling lights. This display is done in partnership with The Indiana Rail Road Company. But the biggest attraction of all? Santa! Santa will be visiting the Conservatory to hear the Christmas wishes of children ages 12 and under. You can even get your photo taken with Santa for just $3.00.

After your visit with Santa, you can take the shuttle or walk the grounds over to the Garfield Park Arts Center. Up in the main gallery, sit close to one of our large fireplaces and make your very own wooden toy with Santa’s elves! As an added treat, we will have the Circle City Ringers in from Noon-1pm for a Christmas Bell Concert.

Make your way over to the Burrello Family Center for cookies and punch with Mrs. Claus. You can create your own Christmas card to send to the Indianapolis Veterans Hospital, and listen to Mrs. Claus read your favorite Christmas stories.

Remember, Christmas at Garfield is this Saturday, December 11th, from 10am – 1pm. Don’t miss it!

Posted December 7, 2010 by GPAC Arts in Events

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Three Stooges Extravaganza!   Leave a comment

On one Saturday night every month, we host a Vintage Movie Night here at the GPAC. Our wonderful film historian and preservationist, Eric Grayson, provides viewers with an array of films from the 1920s through the 1970s, as well as sharing his vast knowledge-base centering on the film industry in its early years.

For this month’s Vintage Movie Night, Mr. Grayson has planned a “Three Stooges Extravaganza!” He will be screening four Stooges classics beginning at 8pm in our main gallery (following the opening reception for our Open Studio Showcase):

Sing a Song of Six Pants (1947) The stooges are tailors, and are heavily in debt to the Skin & Flint finance company. When the boys read about the big reward for a fugitive robber, they think it could be the answer to their problems. The bank robber conveniently ducks into their shop and leaves a suit with a safe combination. After his girl friend fails to retrieve it, the robber returns with gang and a wild fight ensues. The boys miss out on the reward but wind up with the crook’s bankroll and can pay their creditors. (

The Brideless Groom (1947) To inherit a fortune, voice teacher Shemp must marry before six o’clock, but no girl will accept his proposal. Finally one of his repulsive students agrees to marry him, just in the nick of time. When the rest of the prospective brides hear about the inheritance, they show up at the ceremony and a free for all ensues. Shemp marries before the deadline, but wishes he was still a free man. (

Disorder in the Court (1936) The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the day when they discover the real murderer’s identity. (

Malice in the Palace (1947) Set in a desert land where the stooges run a restaurant, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded with the contraband jewel. They journey to the stronghold of Shmo where they disguise as Santa Clauses and scare the ruler into giving them the diamond. (

The Three Stooges Extravaganza!
$2 suggested donation

The Garfield Park Arts Center
2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, IN  46203


Beginning in January of 2011, tickets for Vintage Movie Night will be $3.00 and available online through Indy Parks online registration, by calling 327-7135 or by visiting the GPAC.

Posted December 1, 2010 by GPAC Arts in Events

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