June is the perfect summer month to be outdoors and that’s why it is a great time to see art come together with nature. On the weekend of June 19, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will host a grand opening celebration for 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, an arts park that will be one of the largest in the United States. Spend your Saturday learning about the works of art from a panel of artists and if you are an IMA member you can attend a VIP preview of the exhibit. The public is welcome to attend the opening party later that night. If you’re looking for fun and free activities, Sunday is the official grand opening for the park featuring music and dance performances all day.
As part of the weekend-long opening event, eight new commissioned works of art will be displayed by artists who worked with the IMA to create pieces that highlight the connection between contemporary art and nature. What better way to experience art than by spending time outside seeing it in nature? The weekend activities will also include tours, art-making workshops and a Summer Solstice program.
The art will be highlighted by musicians from all over the country selected by the Kinetic Project to amplify the experience for visitors. According to Michael Kaufmann of the Kinetic Project and Asthmatic Kitty Records, “The musical experiences serve to celebrate and support the spirit of the Park while limiting any possible competing or distracting elements.”
June 19 kicks off the weekend with the artists panel beginning at 11 a.m., the member VIP preview at 6 p.m. and a party open to the public at 7 p.m. The free public grand opening celebration goes from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 20.