May is Preservation Month, which includes natural and built environments. Learn about immediate and retrospective activities and gain stay-at-home insights at this Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology site:


Indiana Landmarks is celebrating its 60th anniversary year through virtual experiences for this interim. Discover rescued historic buildings and how you can participate here:


Newfields invites everyone to share our favorite photos of a family vacation from the 1920s-1960s  These travel photos will be featured on a slideshow in the upcoming exhibition at this link Edward Hopper and the American Hotel



Also, Newfields’ Conservator of Textiles, Amanda Holden, shows us how to make a homemade, cloth mask using materials everyone has at home. For CDC guidelines on making and wearing a mask, click here


Indiana Humanities invites us into virtual  “Trek and Talk” ventures.  May 17 provides an experimental virtual tour of Mossy Point Nature Preserve and White River Bluffs, two Central Indiana Land Trust properties that are typically closed to the public. Register at


And a meditative, exploratory short film takes us to a riparian woodland on an early spring day in Indiana. view at

Learn more at


Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s "From the Vault!" is broadcasting the ISO performance of a pair of works by Charles Martin Loeffler under the baton of Maestro John Nelson, May 1at 8 p.m. and May 2 at 8 p.m. go to:


Author Dan Wakefield’s retrospective podcast draws attention to Racism in Indianapolis, a theme now distinctly relevant to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Find the conversation newly uploaded here:


Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s weekly Thursday virtual performance series, Mocktails and Masterworks,  shares a 15-20 minute program delivered via the ICO YouTube channel and Facebook. Content for the new virtual performance series will come from archived audio and video material and also will feature new material created by ICO musicians. Beginning May 4, ICO Music Director Matthew Kraemer will host Mondays with Matthew, as a preview of that evening's radio broadcast at 10 p.m., which airs on WFYI 90.1 FM radio.


The Center for the Performing Arts “at home” is making music from found sounds as a family activity. Connect with the activity here:


“Arts as Defiance in a Time of Pandemic: A Cumberland Arts Competition,”  is open now through June 27, 2020. Questions about the art competition can be sent to or you can call 317-294-7917; or click on:  

Get more information;  Register Now!   The Overall Best of Show Prize is $500.

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra will host its third Saturday night show on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. here: Facebook on May 2. 


And I leave you with an invitation to join what is my favorite neighborhood activity: clean the stormwater drains along the street where I live [since no one else feels compelled to keep the street from flooding whenever we have rain].  To become part of the city-wide stormwater action team, learn more here:.

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