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.

History
History of the Art Colony

Discover how the Art Colony of the Midwest was formed or about one of the oldest art galleries in the United States. Read more about our arts history.

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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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Art Workshops
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Partake in a series of art workshop classes designed to fit the Brown County art culture. These are unique as each month will focus on a different artistic medium.

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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