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.
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One of the best features of Nashville is being able to see the artists at work as you stroll through their galleries and studios. You can talk with them and observe the care they put into their art, whether it’s painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, woodworking or a host of other crafts. Even the handmade fudge, craft beers and homemade ice cream seem to taste better because of the extra care involved. Practically everything that is made in Nashville is elevated to an art form. And it not only is beautiful; it’s also affordable.