Independent Music + Art Festival – and Handcraft Exchange – coming to Harrison Center on June 19

Local and regional musicians will perform at the Harrison Center on Saturday, June 19, as part of the 20th annual Independent Music + Art Festival – alongside the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange.

The free event will run from noon to 8 p.m., and will feature visual artists, food vendors and crafters. Founded in 2002, IMAF celebrates musicians who perform original live music and artists who create original work.

A new wrinkle this year: In tune with Marion County Health Department orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors will be required to pre-register at Masks and social distancing will be required.

In the courtyard of the Harrison Center, two stages will feature continuous music throughout the day. Rusty Redenbacher will return as emcee of the music portion of the event. The 2021 IMAF band line-up includes:

Inside the building and surrounding the Harrison Center, socially distanced vendors will peddle their wares in the juried INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Summer Show.  This contemporary craft fair consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies. IHE highlights local crafters and artisans as well as exposes Indianapolis to some of the best vendors on the national indie craft fair map.

The Harrison Center galleries will feature work by Jonathan McAffee, Michael Graves, Dee Dee Bernhardt, Barb Knuckles, Lorie Lee Andrews, Kristin Schoonveld, and Senior Painting Majors of Herron School of Art + Design.

A variety of food trucks will provide food options and Sun King Brewery will serve locally produced beer. ArtMix will returns with its popular “Here’s the Scoop!” ice cream fundraiser in partnership with BRICS. 

To honor Juneteenth, which falls on the same date as IMAF this year, the Harrison Center will host a free roller skating on a pop-up rink on the east side of the building. Also on the east side will be a participatory drum circle led by Josh Stodtman with appearances by Dr. Djo-Bi. 

As part of the Harrison Center’s Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative, this year’s festival is coordinated by Herron High School junior, Amira Vansest. 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.

photo above: The Independent Music + Art Festival is in its 20th year at the Harrison Center.