Arts In Indiana State Parks

Bowl hewer Keigh Ruble works on a wooden bowlArtists look to nature for creativity and inspiration. At Indiana State Parks, we celebrate the relationship between nature and art by hosting artists, art programs and classes for our visitors.

Some programs listed here are part of our interpretive efforts, such as corn husk doll making, nature journaling, sand sculptures and photo contests that occur at many parks.

Other art events are in partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission and Traditional Arts Indiana. Both bring the arts to people across the state with year-round programming thanks to their generous grants.

Traditional Arts Indiana

Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) is a joint effort between Indiana University and the Indiana Arts Commission to showcase local folk artists and traditions across the state. Since 2012, state parks have partnered with TAI to discover local artists unique to the nearby community. Art forms such as traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, quilting and even split-rail fence making have been brought to our parks for the visitors to enjoy.

Showcase days are hosted about five times a year and are listed in the DNR calendar under Arts. Learn more about TAI by visiting

Arts in the Parks

Limestone art carving at state parkArts in the Parks is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, this program enables park visitors to enjoy arts activities and celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial, the Centennial of Indiana State Parks, and the 50th Anniversary of the IAC.

Arts in the Parks has sponsored 76 artists across the state in 2016, with over 120 different art programs including theater, music, hands-on art classes and dances. Learn about current programs at the IAC’s web site at The program will expand to Indiana’s state historic sites in 2017.