Upcoming Events

Art in the Afternoon

The Carmel Arts Council invites you to join us for Art in Bloom on April 20, at Ritz Charles, 11 – 2. Proceeds will benefit our High School Scholarships and community projects.

Admission is $35, or a table of 8 for $260.  Beautiful pairings of artwork and unique floral designs, prizes, music, lunch, and signature cocktails.  JOIN US for a beautiful afternoon!

Purchase your tickets here on Eventbrite

OR, send a check to Carmel Arts Council, PO Box 344, Carmel, IN  46082


Previous Events

2016 Young Performers Showcase Piano/Instrumental Division K-12 Showcase and Scholarship Competition

Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to enter the 2016 Young Performers Showcase, to be held 13-14 February 2016 at Piano Solutions in Carmel. Students may enter in either competitive or non-competitive category, and may perform solo and or ensemble pieces. In addition, graduating seniors may enter the scholarship competition held on 14 February 2016; scholarships will be given for first ($2,500) and second ($1,500) places. Applications for both events are available on the CAC website, and must be submitted no later than 4 February 2016.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday, 13-14 February 2016

For more information, please visit the Scholarship and Showcase pages on our website.

Carmel Pumpkinfest

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the spirit of fall at this free, family-friendly festival! Try your hand at pumpkin carving, go on a hayride, or just listen to live bands while you sample from a variety of food trucks. Costumes are encouraged! We hope to see you there!

  • When: Saturday, Oct 24 from 4:00 – 7 pm

For more information, you can download the Pumpkinfest flier.

Big Bad World: Conquering the Fears of a Modern Society

An exhibition featuring works by Carmel High School students will open in the Carmel Arts Council’s Children’s Art Gallery, 40 West Main Street in downtown Carmel on July 1, 2015. These works will focus on the themes of fear and conquering fear through a presentation that will demonstrate that fear exists within modern society but can be conquered by the strength of the human spirit.

  • Where: Children’s Art Gallery, 40 West Main Street
  • When: July 1, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

For more information, you can download The CAC’s Young Curator Info Sheet (2015) or check out the CAC’s June Media Advisory.

Art in the Afternoon

Spend an “Art” filled afternoon with artists’ booths, live music, chances for fabulous door prizes and much more! Come anytime after 2:30 p.m. Your attendance will support our Community Outreach Programs, Teacher Grants and High School Scholarships.

  • Where: Oak Hill Mansion, 5801 E. 116th Street, Carmel, IN
  • When : Wednesday, April 29, 20152:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $30 and it includes a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers and dessert.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets by mail, you can download the Art in the Afternoon 2015 flyer.

Holiday on the Square

In conjunction with the City of Carmel, the CAC and other sponsors are a part of the city’s annual holiday celebration:

“Holiday on the Square is the perfect kickoff to the season, with the holiday lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, live reindeer and other animals to pet, holiday entertainment, children’s activities and the Holiday Farmers’ Market. Come see your neighbors and friends and get in the holiday spirit.

Don’t forget Farmers Holiday Market on Veterans Way will be happening, so come prepared to shop. This year, you will also be able to help fill Santa’s sleigh with donated items that will go to the Carmel Fire Department’s Christmas Assistance Program.” — City of Carmel website

The World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery Garden Dedication

Please join Mayor Brainard and the Carmel Arts Council for the dedication of The World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery Garden to Doreen Squire Ficara, Founder and Executive Director of Carmel Arts Council. To commemorate her 20 years of service and dedication, the City of Carmel and the Carmel Arts Council is dedicating the Garden in Doreen’s name. Refreshments at the Gallery after the presentation.

  • Where: World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery (map)
  • When: Thursday, November 6 @ 2:30 pm.

The CAC’s Meet the Artist Series: Linda Bachofner

“In describing my work, I would like to think that my ideas, which I have given thought and concern, are shared with the viewers. Just for a moment I want to my work to take the viewer to a place of tranquility, peace or different course of thought.”

Please join us for the opening reception:

  • Where: SoHo Cafe & Gallery (map)
  • When: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Cost: Admission is free, and you can share this event with your friends through Facebook.

*The exhibit remains through the weekend.

The Carmel Arts Council is partnering with the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council to hold a Pumpkin Festival

It will be family friendly and perfect for all ages. Costumes are welcome. We will have food vendors, entertainment, hayrides, WHJE radio station as well as Carmel High School clubs.

People may bring an already carved pumpkin to the festival or may buy and carve a pumpkin on site. We will award prizes in four categories – elementary, middle school, high school and adult.

  • Where: Carmel Civic Square (map)
  • When: October 25 from 4 – 8 pm.
  • Cost: Free admission

Doreen Squire Ficara Retirement Celebration hosted by the Carmel Arts Council

After 20 years of service as Executive Director of the Carmel Arts Council, Doreen Squire Ficara is celebrating her retirement. There will be be cocktails, dinner, and live music. Cocktail Attire.


  • City of Carmel
  • Current in Carmel
  • Oppenheimer Investment Management LLC
  • SePRO Corporation

Music Provided by:

  • Pianist Steve Whipkey
  • Vocalists Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey Clark
  • CHS String Ensemble

Carmel Arts Council‎The Carmel Arts Council presents Dan Shoop @ its Meet the Artist series

We are featuring Dan Shoop, a retired CHS history teacher and girls’ track coach. He has painted “secretly” in his basement for several years, but has never displayed his work. Until now.

Please join us for the opening reception:

*The exhibit remains through the weekend.

The CAC’s Young Curator Opening Night Reception

Two 2014 CHS graduates, Leo Biette and Ariana Nunes, are curating the art exhibition entitled “Through the Eyes of Art-The Contemporary Perception of HowWe a View the Human Identity.”

  • Where: World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery (map)
  • When: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Cost: Admission is free, but you can RSVP through Eventbrite or Facebook

The Third Annual Street Fair

Join us for the third annual Street Fair in collaboration with SoHo Cafe & Gallery.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the evening, sip a favorite beverage (beer, wine, smoothies, lattes). There will be live music by Henle & the Loops and a performance by Indy Improv. You can purchase artwork, photography, pottery, jewelry, and more from a host of local artist booths.

A portion of the night’s sales will benefit the Carmel Arts Council’s youth programs and other community projects.

Carmel Arts Council’s Meet the Artist: Ted Arfken

Born and raised here in Carmel, Ted Arfken is an artist who works in both oil and digital paint mediums. Ted has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design and an Associate Degree in computer animation from Full Sail University. Currently Ted is working as a freelance illustrator.

*The exhibit remains through that weekend.

The CAC’s Art Preview before the Jackie Evancho Concert

The Carmel Art’s Council, in conjunction with the Center For The Performing Arts, is sponsoring an Art Preview at the Palladium for attendees of Jackie Evancho’s concert on Saturday, June 1. The Carmel Art’s Council has gathered 85 pieces of art from Carmel’s three middle schools and its high school.

While the show isn’t open to the public, concertgoers can see the Art Preview before Evancho’s performance and during the intermission. For those who can’t attend the show, the CAC will post photos on the website next week.

  • Where: The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • When: Saturday, June 1 at 5 pm and the concert intermission
  • Cost: Must have a concert ticket for Jackie Evancho’s performance

Carmel Arts Council’s Art in the Afternoon

Join us for an afternoon of art, fun, conversation, and fundraising. Appetizers, desserts, and beverages will be served at no additional charge and alcohol will be available at cash bar. Live music will be provided by Carmel High School students. Along with food and entertainment, several Carmel artists will be showcasing (and selling) their wares and we’ll have a small silent auction. Where will the money go? Bigger high school scholarships, art supplies for shelters, bring art to assisted living centers, sponsored gallery shows to introduce local artists, supporting local teachers through educational grants, and more!

Opening Night: Teachers Celebrating Students Celebrating Teachers

The show will feature a sampling of both Carmel High School student and faculty artwork. It will honor the exciting visual relationship between experienced artists nurturing apprenticing artists, and apprenticing artists inspiring experienced artists. This is the nature of the art classroom. At Carmel High School, we strive to create art classrooms in a culture of respect and collaboration. This year, CHS Art teachers have collaborated with the CHS student government in a silent art auction to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. They have also collaborated with the ABA Bierman Autism Center to create murals for their children’s learning pods.

The show runs on Saturday (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM) and Sunday (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM). There will be a live accoustic guitar show on Saturday from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.