Activities & Special Exhibits

We offer special exhibits, entertainment and activities. These include the High School Student Art Exhibit, Japanese Sister City and Chinese Sister City. The entertainment takes place on the Rangeline Road and Main Street stage. Also there is a fantastic children’s area known as Young @ Art.


High School Student Art Exhibit

Students from the two local high schools, Carmel High School and University High School, are invited to enter their work in a juried art exhibit on the festival grounds. In 2023, there were a record-breaking 148 entries. In total, $16,700 in scholarships were awarded: the festival funded nine scholarships totaling $14,500; Carmel Arts Council funded two awards at $100 each (total $200); Indiana Artisans funded four “People’s Choice” awards $500 each ($2,000 total).

Japanese Exhibit

Carmel’s Sister City: Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan

Chinese Exhibit

Carmel’s Sister City: Hubei, China

Latvian Exhibit

Carmel’s Sister City: Jelgava, Latvia

Italian Exhibit

Carmel’s Sister City: Cortona, Italy

Indian Exhibit

Carmel’s Sister City: Visakhapatnam, India

Besides the sister cities, the 2023 international organizations involved in the festival included but were not limited to the following: Romanian Society, Indianapolis Chinese Performing Arts, Indiana Association of Chinese-Americans, Ukrainian Society, African Council, Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Burmese American Community Institute, Multi-Cultural School.

Youth Area

Our little patrons between the ages of 2 and 12 can work on age-appropriate projects, and inter-generational paint-by-number canvases!