This Saturday is the 16th Annual Independent Music + Art Festival!

The Harrison Center for the Arts is the place to be this Saturday, June 17 when we, along with our title sponsor Circle City Apartments, present the annual Independent Music + Art Festival (IMAF) with the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange (IHE) from noon to 8pm.  Now in its 16th year, the free, daylong outdoor festival highlights the best independent local and regional musicians, visual artists, food vendors and crafters. Founded in 2002, IMAF celebrates musicians who perform original live music and artists who create original work.  

In the courtyard, two stages feature continuous music.  As part of our ongoing partnership with the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, the juried 10th Anniversary INDIEana Handicraft Exchange's Summer Show will bring over 100 vendors to the Harrison Center. This contemporary craft fair consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies.  

Missed the June First Friday opening? No worries! Get out of the heat and check out the Harrison Gallery, featuring Yesterday Wants More by Sul-Jee Scully; With Color and Love, Remembering Doug Arnholter in the Gallery Annex; The Local, by photographer Jack Wickes in the City Gallery; and Earthly Melodies, Alyssa Hoover and Megan Coffel in Hank & Dolly’s Gallery. Many Harrison Center artists will open their studios during the festival as well.  

Here's the "don't miss" 2017 IMAF band lineup:

12:00-12:35 Brandon Wadley Music

12:40-1:15 The Yellow Kites

1:20-1:55 Ray Wyatt

2:00-2:35 Coyote Talk

2:40-3:15 Crescent Ulmer

3:20-3:55 Bonesetters

4:00-4:35 Spissy

4:40-5:15 Bullet Points

5:20-5:55 Legacy of Triumph

6:00-6:35 Native Sun

6:40-7:15 WNDWS

7:20-8:00 I Dream in Evergreen

Duos Indy,Wild Boar BBQPi,Da Blue Lagoon, and The Big Cheeze. will provide a delicious variety of food options and Sun King Brewery and New Day Craft will serve locally produced beer and mead. ArtMix returns with their popular "Here's the Scoop!" ice cream fundraiser.

As part of the Harrison Center's Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative, this year's festival is coordinated by Herron High School senior, Liz Williams. The Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative was created to give high school and college students the opportunity to learn and practice the five steps of cultural entrepreneurship: seeing a need, taking a risk, leveraging resources, investing energy and networking to build culture in Indianapolis.

Come to the Old Northside this Saturday. There's something for everyone!