INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Hoosier Salon Broad Ripple Art Gallery has announced plans to move to Carmel.
“It makes me sad for Broad Ripple because it was once a very vital arts community, but the demographics have changed,” said Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and Fine Art Galleries Executive Director Donnae Dole.
For Broad Ripple neighbors and business owners, it’s tough to hear that they’re losing a piece of their arts district. But, it’s possible the not-for-profit gallery may not have had much of a choice.
Hoosier Salon, the not-for-profit running the Broad Ripple Art Gallery, has been in negotiations with the City of Carmel for nearly a year. It’s an organization that supports Indiana artists. Dole says they were given a deal they simply couldn’t refuse.
It’s moved around over its 90 years in Indianapolis, but most recently has called Broad Ripple home.
“We’ve been in Broad Ripple for 20 years. Our foot traffic has really diminished,” said Dole.
Hoosier Salon also has galleries in Wabash and New Harmony with about 1,000 members. Dole says the negotiations with Carmel after the city’s Gallery Association contacted her about a year ago.
“We’re real excited about the opportunity,” said Dole.
The City of Carmel designates 1 percent of its budget to cultural groups annually. Out of this, Carmel will pay $1,200 a month to subsidize rent for Hoosier Salon’s new gallery which will be located in the heart of the Arts and Design District.
“Just like Indianapolis has chosen to invest $160,000,000 in the Pacers, we’re dedicating money to the arts because it brings economic development here which keeps our tax rates down, ‘said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.
Back in Broad Ripple, Shane Hutte hates to see culture leave.
“It’s the area I tell everybody to come to when they come into town because of its uniqueness,” he said.
But, Dole says Carmel’s offer combined with declining business made the decision easy.
“And I know everything is cyclical. But, we’re at a point now where we have to do what’s best for the organization and more specifically, the artists that we serve,” said Dole.
Dole says the new location will give them more space for larger exhibits and for education workshops.
She is a member of the Broad Ripple Village Association and says she will stay involved as she maintains her executive office in the area even though the gallery is moving.
The Broad Ripple Gallery will close its doors April 30 with plans to open them in Carmel May 1.