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Our community is blessed to have Ball State University in our city. The Ball Brothers who started Ball State and Ball Corporation (A US Fortune 500 Company) recognized early on the need for its employees to have great educational and cultural opportunities. The David Owsley Museum Of Art and Minnetrista are 2 blessings from the Ball Brothers to Muncie. As you get to know Muncie better, these Museums below are places you really need to put high on your hit list of sights to see. Text mostly taken from their Wikipedia Pages.
This website is really here to point you in the right direction of sources for more info. Definitely head to their website to really see how amazing this is. You can also see many other videos about their collections HERE.
The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) is located in the Fine Arts building on the campus of Ball State. The museum’s name was changed on October 6, 2011 from the Ball State Museum of Art to the David Owsley Museum of Art in honor of David T. Owsley, grandson of Frank C. Ball (one of the five Ball Brothers), to recognize his donation of over 2,300 works of art and planned gift of $5 million. Since departments within the Fine Arts Building relocated to other areas on Ball State’s campus, the museum has expanded its galleries, beginning in early-mid-2012 and ending in 2013.
The museum is home to approximately 11,000 works of art (mostly paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures) . It is one of only four Indiana art museums with an encyclopedic, world art collection.
Location: BSU Fine Arts Building, 2021 W Riverside. Phone (765) 285-5242
Minnetrista, is the home of the Ball Jar and a Gathering Place located in Muncie with exhibits and programs that focus on nature, local history, gardens, and art. The 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus includes a museum with changing exhibits, the historic home called Oakhurst, many themed gardens, outdoor sculptures and a portion of the White River Greenway. It is located in the Minnetrista Boulevard Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
Located on the grounds, visitors can tour George Alexander Ball’s house, known as Oakhurst, which was built in 1895 and designed by architect Louis Gibson. The first floor is furnished to appear as it did in the 1920s. Visitors can also tour the grounds that feature many outdoor sculptures purchased by members of the Ball family. The New Bob Ross Experience Museum opens in 2020 and will be a huge draw from people all over the world.
We are really fortunate to have this world class organization in Muncie. People all over the world come to this museum and it’s grounds as they fly year round. If you’ve not seen some of these professional competitions, you should. You’ll never forget it… it’s just amazing to see these works of art perform the most jaw-dropping of aerobatics.
Who is the AMA? World’s largest model aviation association, representing a membership of nearly 200,000 from every walk of life, income level and age group.
Self-supporting, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote development of model aviation as a recognized sport and worthwhile recreation activity.
Organization open to anyone interested in model aviation.
Official national body for model aviation in the United States. AMA sanctions more than 2,000 model competitions throughout the country each year, and certifies official model flying records on a national and international level.
Organizer of the annual National Aeromodeling Championships, the world’s largest model airplane competition.
Chartering organization for more than 2,500 model airplane clubs across the country. AMA offers its chartered clubs official contest sanction, insurance, and assistance in getting and keeping flying sites.
The voice of its membership, providing liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and other government agencies through our national headquarters in Muncie, Indiana. AMA also works with local governments, zoning boards, and parks departments to promote the interests of local chartered clubs.
An associate member of the National Aeronautic Association. Through NAA, AMA is recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world governing body of all aviation activity, as the only organization which may direct U.S. participation in international aeromodeling activities.
Address: 5161 E Memorial Dr, Muncie — Phone (765) 287-1256
Their mission is simple: To provide fun through educational and interactive opportunities for children of all ages in a safe and creative environment. This excellent museum is located in the Horizon Convention Center. This is a great place to host your child’s birthday party!
Address: 515 S High Street Muncie, IN 47305 (765) 286-1660
This exhibit is located at Minnetrista. Below is from their website…
Bob Ross inspired generations of viewers with his soft-spoken voice and a pallet knife. With its global reach, it’s hard to imagine that much of the beloved series, “The Joy of Painting,” was filmed in an unassuming studio in Muncie, Indiana. Bob painted for the iconic series out of the historic L.L. Ball home on Minnetrista’s campus from 1983 to 1988. Bob’s message of fearless creativity and his ability to reinterpret perceived mistakes as “happy little accidents” is something we want to see amplified in our world today.
We are refurbishing Bob’s former studio, bringing together objects and media from Bob’s life and career, and adding interactive experiences that will bring the “Joy of Painting” to life for visitors.The Bob Ross Experience at Minnetrista will create a space for Bob’s message to flourish.
When you enter the former studio, the magic of Bob’s presence and message can still be felt. We want to make that space accessible to everyone. Minnetrista is partnering with Bob Ross Inc. to create a permanent experience that consists of a recreated studio, gallery space, and painting workshop. Through the Bob Ross Experience we will reframe how people think about their mistakes, abilities, and self-expression. We want to say to the world: Bob painted here and you can too. The Bob Ross Experience will open October 2020!
Much To Do Around Ball State
From Erin Moore, Assoc. Dir. of Community Engagement, Ball State
There’s so much to see and do around Ball State such as Museums, Theatres, Art Galleries, Music, Greenhouses, the Planetarium, etc.
Feel the pulsating rhythms of Muncie’s colorful music scene. Taking in a classic orchestral performance at Emens Auditorium or letting your hair done at a raucous rock show at one of the local house venues near campus, our music scene can touch whatever note you’re looking for.
School of Music: The School of Music presents more than 300 concerts, recitals, master classes, and lectures throughout the year, featuring students, faculty, and noted guest artists. Most events are free and open to the public. Sensory friendly concerts are also offered. Three summer ensembles are open to student and community musicians: Summer Chorus | Summer Concert Band | Summer Jazz Ensemble.
Emens Auditorium: The John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium hosts world-class artists and entertainers year-round.
Muncie Symphony Orchestra: Muncie Symphony Orchestra enriches quality of life in Muncie through live orchestral performances and education outreach, presenting classical and pops concerts, chamber concerts, and free community engagement programs.
Three Trails Music Series: The free summer Three Trails Music Series features award-winning national recording artists at Canan Commons in downtown Muncie.
Elm Street Brewing Company: Elm St. Brewing Co. is a local brewery right outside of downtown that is housed in a former Muncie icehouse. Featuring beer and food sourced from local ingredients, it is also a hotbed of local talent. An open mic night on Tuesday nights lends itself to recognizing local artists. Jazz nights on Thursday and even more music on the weekend. Grab a beer, rub some shoulders, and listen to some local music.http://elmstbrewing.com/
Be Here Now: An institution in the Muncie community, Be Here Now describes itself as the “underground railroad” for local musicians. The unique atmosphere of artists and students creates a mix that is not replicated anywhere else in Muncie. An indoor and outdoor stage serve as the platform for all the ear worms served up! http://beherenowmusic.com/
The Sauna: A product of the Muncie underground music scene and some inspired students is The Sauna. A house venue located right outside of campus that has relationships with multiple local acts and has built a steady following through word of mouth and savvy social media use. It’s hot, and it’s not Madison Square Garden, but that is exactly what gives it its charm.
Music at Valhalla: Live music in a setting that takes you on to a viking ship. This viking themed bar is a partnership with its next door neighbor, the Heurot, which boasts one of the largest beer selections in the state.
Music at Tonne Winery– A slice of Napa Valley in Muncie. Take in the view with a Pino or two as a wide variety of music fills the air on a warm Muncie evening. Food is available from local vendors and the wine is made just steps from where the band is playing.
David Owsley Museum of Art is one of the nation’s largest and finest university art museums, with a collection of nearly 11,000 works valued at more than $40 million. The museum is free and open to the public year-round.
Gordy Fine Art and Framing– Italian renaissance style gilded in 24k gold? This isn’t exactly what you would expect to find in Muncie but Gordy Fine Arts provides hand-framed beauties all over the midwest.
gindhART at MADJAX– MADJAX is a collaborative space for artists of all kinds in the Muncie area. It houses everything from a brewery to a vintage poster printing shop, but one of the most interesting spaces is ginhART. The jewelry that is purchased there could have been originally sitting in a landfill. Through recycling, they turn trash into treasures!
Muncie Makes Lab– A project from the College of Architecture that filled a once vacant space downtown with life. It is one of the bastions of the growing art scene, and a learning space for students.
Plyspace– The definition of collaboration. A chance to live and breath in a creative space. Plyspace is an effort where aspiring artists, graphic designers, wrtiers, etc. are paired with the Ball State School of Art to work in tandem on a project. It is the chance of a lifetime for any artists in the area.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Downtown Muncie is a hub for workshops and classes for all ages and interests. It is an important backbone in the providing of Muncie citizens to learn and express themselves creatively. They have classes in art and private lessons in various instruments. For the creatives, Cornerstone is the spot. https://cornerstonearts.org/
Minnetrista: Minnetrista’s forty-acre campus includes beautiful gardens, historic homes, nature areas, children’s play areas, and a Saturday morning Farmers Market. The main building features consistently rotating educational programs, art exhibits, and interactive experiences for all ages. There is something new to experience on every visit!
- Did You Know…‘The Joy of Painting”, the iconic art show of Bob Ross, was filmed right here in Muncie! Bob and business partner Annette came to Muncie in 1983 to host a workshop at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. They sought out a radio station that could run their ads and found WIPB in the former home of Lucius Ball on the Minnetrista grounds. There was so much community interest that he decided Muncie would be the home for his show. Bob painted for the iconic series out of the historic L.L. Ball home on Minnetrista’s campus from 1983 to 1988. The rest is happy trees history! Minnetrista is partnering with Bob Ross Inc. to create a permanent experience that consists of a recreated studio, gallery space, and painting workshop.
Muncie Civic Theatre was founded in 1931 and is one of the oldest civic theatres in the state and is located in one of the oldest theaters in the country. Dozens of Mainstage, Studio, and Youth productions are offered throughout the year, providing quality entertainment performed by East Central Indiana community members for the community!
- MCT Youth Theatre Education:. Children who are educated in the performing arts learn so much more than acting, dancing, and singing! They have a stronger sense of literacy, self-expression and esteem, interpersonal communication, and collaboration. Muncie Civic Theatre provides quality K-12 Theatre Education programming that is collaborative, inclusive and opens a child’s imagination to all life has to offer.
- MCT Barrier-Free Theatre Program: Muncie is home to one of only four Barrier-Free Theatre programs in the nation! The nine-month program is open to adults (ages 17+) with intellectual/developmental disabilities and provides drama therapy through improvisation, creative dramatics, theatre games, role-play, and character-development. Participants share their voices by developing, performing, and producing an original play!
Charles W. Brown Planetarium Experience the night sky as you have never seen it before! The 52-foot dome immersive theater features state-of-the-art technology that combines real images from spacecraft and telescopes with advanced computer graphics. Programs are free and offered throughout the year.
Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse Ball State offers a unique tropical environment in East Central Indiana. With nearly 2,000 orchids, the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse contains the largest university-based orchid collection in the United States and provides opportunities for education, conservation, and research. The greenhouse is open to the public for self-guided tours.
E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Housed in a Ball mansion that is over 100 years old, the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center provides low- and no-cost programs, classes, seminars, and workshops in art, history, languages, literature, and writing to community members in East Central Indiana.
Prairie Creek Reservoir A seaside oasis just a short 15 minute jaunt from Ball State. This hidden gem has been around since the 1950’s and it is the perfect little place for a Saturday escape.
Downtown The heart of Muncie deserves more attention than a short blurb, it is bustling and filled with life. Hip bars, romantic restaurants, and even a world class toy-store, there are endless nooks and crannies in downtown for one to explore.