Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and More...

Indiana County offers a little bit of everything when it comes to entertainment or enrichment. A number of art galleries, work by local craftspeople, museums, and a growing community of artists and performers mean lots to choose from. 

The Indiana Arts Council

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The Indiana Arts Council [IAC] of Pennsylvania, was established in 1976, and is a membership-based organization that fosters the awareness, creation, and appreciation of the arts within Indiana County through its sponsorship and promotion of arts programs and activities.

The IAC functions as a supporter and liaison for local, university (IUP), and community art groups. In addition, IAC sponsors its own arts activities and programs of interest to adults, families, and children.

In collaboration with the residents of Indiana County, IAC seeks to promote diversity and excellence in the arts and to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages and incomes to become enriched through their participation in and enjoyment of cultural activities. 

Some popular IAC activities: 

  • Trashion: Our annual IAC fundraiser where we make trash into fashion.
  • The Open Mic Free Public Forum: An event that gives musicians, poets, and audiences alike the chance to perform and watch. 
  • Youth Art Celebration: IAC’s annual event celebrating young artists from area school districts.
  • Arts and Economic Prosperity Survey IV: Indiana Arts Council is invested in advocating for the arts on a local and national level. Read more about this year long undertaking.
  • Artist Open Studio Tour: Indiana county independent artists open their doors to give you a peek into their creative process. 

Meet some of the Arts Community

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 On the Artists' Tour, visit professional artists as they open their studios to the public.This informal atmosphere gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at artists creating art in their own environment. Here in Indiana County, community members and visitors alike have the chance to travel to six studios throughout Indiana. 

On your way, enjoy the drive through beautiful scenery to studios in Penn Run and the Dayton-Smicksburg area. This event is free and open to the general public! 

As you meander through the back roads in western PA, you might also encounter a growing community of potters. These potters share and promote their love of clay and its creative properties.

For the Potters' Tour in the fall, these artists clean up their studios, wash the clay off their hands, and proudly put their work on display. They warmly invite the public to visit their workplaces to learn about the life of a potter and what inspires their work. Those attending have the opportunity to see and purchase the work of over 14 different potters in the nine studios on the tour.   

Museums and More

Pick a place and spend a few hours or the whole day. Learn more from our Arts page. And when it's time for a special event, we've got those too. Visit Entertainment to learn more.

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