Located in the heart of Jasper, Indiana is the new Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, home to the Jasper Community Arts. This new facility connects art & culture, offering a wide variety of live performances, gallery exhibits, meeting and workshop space & so much more!!
Annually, the Jasper Community Arts offers programming between the months of September through April featuring an array of live performances sure to inspire all walks of life to purchase tickets for one or multiple events.
Main Stage Series
Main Stage series events take place at the Jasper Arts Center, located on VUJC’s campus.
Backstage Series performances offer an intimate atmosphere with limited seating at the Jasper Arts Center.
Live at the Astra
Live at the Astra offers programming to take place at the recently restored historic Astra Theater.
The Thyen-Clark Cultural Center also displays unique artwork of all media types in their three art galleries spanning nearly 6,000 sq. ft. While donations are greatly appreciated, amazingly enough, there is no set fee to view & experience the exhibits. Mark your calendars for “First Thursday” gallery receptions, a free, monthly event with an artist gallery talk, food and a cash bar! The current exhibit on display is Fernando Lozano and two new exhibits open on November 3, Kazhia Kolb and Bob Lockhart. Click here for more information on 2023 artists or grab the Jasper Community Arts booklet at the Dubois County Visitors Center or stop by the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center to get a list of upcoming exhibits!
Are you an artist yourself or enjoy learning new hobbies? Take a peek at their upcoming workshops available for all ages, offering classes that teach painting and pottery or simple craft workshops to create a home decor piece. Some workshops are multi-class reqiuring a reservation and fee, while others are free kids arts and crafts activities that you can complete in one setting.
Jasper Community Arts (JCA), founded in 1975, is the ONLY arts commission in the state of Indiana to be ran through the city government. The mission for this one-of-a-kind organization is to stimulate and encourage an appreciation of and participation in the arts by citizens of all ages in Jasper. Did you know that….
Older Adults with ongoing access to arts experiences have:
- An improvement in overall health.
- A decrease in doctor visits.
- A decrease in falls.
- A decrease in loneliness.
- An improvement in morale.
**Resource: From National Endowment for the Arts, 2006
Children and Youth with ongoing access to arts experiences have:
- reduced discipline problems
- improved writing scores
- increased empathy
- Increased academic engagement
- 2X as likely to graduate college.
- 5X less likely to drop out.
- $1 spent on the arts per child saves $9 on other costs.
**Resource: From Americans for the Arts and Indiana Arts Commission
Additional Art & Cultural Experiences
Amazing. One of the very many words that can describe Traditional Arts. I love going here to shop, take classes, or even window shop (it’s not one of those stores that you fell like you have to get everything you see!) I like how they recently added online shopping to the website. And best of all the workers here are the best they will assist you with their best knowledge.
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