The mission of the Friends of Garfield Park Inc., is to ensure the preservation and continuation of the public benefits of Garfield Park through enhanced funding, the application of effective advocacy and expanded stewardship.
In the video clip below the President of the Friends of Garfield Park, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, takes Jon Barnes of The Indianapolis Public Library's Communications Department on a tour of the grounds at the Library's Garfield Park Branch on the city's southside. She discusses the recent addition of a rain garden as well as other green initiatives made possible through a partnership between the Library and the Friends of Garfield Park, among other organizations.
Guided Conservatory Tours - Saturdays June 7 through August 30 - 2:30-3:15pm - Join Master Gardeners on Saturdays throughout the summer as they guide you through the Conservatory with a tour focusing on interesting plants and history. Tours are free with paid admission.
The Museum of Bad Art Exhibit - July 5-26 - The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) has loaned 25 pieces from their permanent collection for this unique and riveting exhibition. They are a renowned and well-loved institution the world over for their dedication to sincere and original art where something just went wrong.
CONSERVATORY AND SUNKEN GARDEN
BURRELLO FAMILY CENTER
Originally constructed in 1914, the Garfield Park Conservatory houses 10,000 square feet of plants from the world's tropics. The Sunken Garden includes three acres of European classical formal gardens. The garden's graceful historic fountains, paved walkways and benches throughout the landscape, make it a gorgeous and relaxing retreat from city life.
Originally utilized as an open-air shelter and pool house, the center has been renovated to include a beautiful art gallery, performing arts spaces, classrooms and a literary arts library. A visitor to the GPAC can experience a hands-on arts activity in the Arts for All room as well as view local and regional artwork on display in the Main Gallery - all for no charge.
The MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts, is an outdoor amphitheater that was built in 1922. In 1997 the amphitheater was renovated and given its current name, honoring local philanthropist Mr. P.E. MacAllister.
In 1998 the Burrello Family Center and Aquatic Center opened, replacing the old pool and basketball court at the Community House. The outdoor Aquatic Center is open during the summer months. The Family Center contains fitness and other recreational facilities in addition to the gymnasium.