Arts Village

Arts Village


Art isn't a hobby here. It's a way of life.

Since the late 1800s, Brown County, Indiana's scenic beauty, remote location and down-to-earth residents have attracted artists and artisans looking for an escape from the world's distractions.

That's why Brown County was awarded designation as an Indiana Cultural District in 2012. One of only six communities in the state with this distinction, Brown County is an acknowledged destination for visual arts, music, performing arts and a variety of cultural activities.

Studios filled with pottery, glass, leather and more dot the Arts Village. Fine art galleries provide the opportunity to indulge in the works of artists past and present. Public art is scattered throughout the village. The tradition of campfire jams takes center stage; you'll find musicians gathering and performing at coffee shops, breweries, restaurants and wineries.

While the heart of the cultural district is the Village of Nashville, the arts extend to the very boundaries of Brown County. T.C. Steele State Historic Site gives a glimpse into the past. Working studios tucked along the wooded back roads let you get up close and personal with the artists working today. Bill Monroe's Music Park keeps the hills filled with the music from Bluegrass to Blues and everything in between.

Looking to hone your skills? Demonstrations, classes and workshops are offered year round.

Brown County Icons
Collector's Showcase: Spirit of Stonehead, Our Brown County Icons

This year's showcase will focus on six Brown County icons examining these special landmarks through the eyes of early and current artists and photographers.

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Studio Tour
Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour

For the whole month of October, Brown County artists open their doors to share their skills with you, showcasing the present-day Art Colony of the Midwest.

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ArtsRoad 46
ArtsRoad 46

Encounter stunning arts, vibrant culture, world-class architecture, and breathtaking vistas along ArtsRoad 46 in Bloomington, Nashville and Columbus.

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Brown County, Indiana

No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await in one of America’s original artists’ colonies. From art to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and for most, it’s only a short drive away. Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown County. Plan your escape today…you’ll be glad you did.

Brown County Indiana: Escape Comes Naturally