Carmel Arts Council: Raising the Next Generation of Carmel Artists

Carmel, Indiana is a progressive, prosperous suburb to the north of Indiana state capital Indianapolis. Part of the reason for Carmel’s explosive growth, both in the tourism industry and in the number of its residents, is its commitment to the arts. The Carmel arts scene is a dynamic, varied conglomeration of artists and galleries, and the town even has a whole section of downtown Carmel dedicated to supporting Central Indiana art: the Carmel Arts and Design District. In a town this heavy on the arts, you need an organization that’s willing to back up and coordinate area artists; in Carmel, that group is the Carmel Arts Council (CAC).

Video of the Carmel Arts Council Young Performers competition in Carmel, Indiana


Photo of the Carmel Arts and Design District Sign in Carmel, IndianaFounded in 1993, the Carmel Arts Council has been promoting area art for over 15 years. Supported by the city of Carmel as well as many Carmel businesses, the Carmel Arts Council thrives on letting area artists see the public light. The Carmel Arts Council is heavily involved in nurturing the next generation of artists as well; the organization gives out yearly scholarships to students in Carmel schools who show exceptional aptitude in Literary, Performing, Instrumental, and Visual arts, provided that these students are planning on going to college. Most of them attend Indiana colleges and universities, so the money the CAC spends on these artists eventually returns to the state in the end.

The Carmel Arts Council is also the governing body behind one of the most well known Carmel art galleries: the Children’s Art Gallery. This Indianapolis art gallery displays pieces created by students from kindergarten to sixth grade, and it has the distinction of being the first art gallery in the Carmel Arts and Design District. In addition, it holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery,” making it an exciting Carmel attraction.

Without the Carmel Arts Council, Carmel might not be as artistically minded as it is. The organization has been integral to the budding creativity of this prosperous suburb, with its numerous donations to Carmel students and its support of young artists in the area. The Carmel Arts Council has been helping Carmel arts for over 15 years and will hopefully continue to do so for 15 more.

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