Adult Programming


Pop-Up Adult Art Class: Mixed Media Painting

Create your own one-of-a-kind piece of abstract art with guidance from guest artist Bekah Pollard during this adult art class. First, you’ll explore “Lois Main Templeton: A Reinvented Life,” making note of colors, brush strokes and images that inspire you while Pollard leads a conversation about Templeton’s inspiration and abstract expression. Afterward, create your own mixed media painting using acrylic paint, charcoal, and oil and chalk pastels. With Pollard’s help, you’ll create a unique piece of art, expressing yourself and experimenting with the different materials. 

Bekah Pollard is a visual artist, teacher and writer living and working in Indianapolis. She teaches youth, teen and adult classes at the Indianapolis Art Center. Her artwork is mostly 2D, and focuses on exploring color, texture and composition through abstract and colorful paintings.

Date:  June 24, 2018, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Indiana State Museum
Age:  18+
Cost:  $20 members; $25 non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!

Science Programming

The Indiana State Museum partners with local scientists and organizations to provide opportunities for researchers to share their work with the public. We invite you to attend monthly programs, like Books, Booze & Brains, to geek out with fellow science fans and Hoosier scientists while enjoying signature cocktails (for ages 21+ only).

Books, Booze & Brains: A Book Club for the Scientifically Curious

Join facilitator Cari Lewis Tsinovoi and an expert scientist at this monthly book club to talk about a popular science-themed book and sip a signature cocktail mixed by Centerpoint Brewing Company (1125 E Brookside Ave Suite 2B). Books, Booze & Brains is a program of the Indiana State Museum,  Indiana Humanities  and the organizers of March for Science Indianapolis.

July 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Centerpoint Brewing Company

This month, we discuss the book “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West" by Nate Blakeslee, with guest Pat Goodmann, Head Animal Curator, Wolf Park.

August 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Centerpoint Brewing Company

This month, we discuss the book "The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World" by Joel K. Bourne.

Discovery on Draft

Discovery on Draft brings together science experts, science-interested adults, and of course…beer! Join other members of the community as we hear professional testimony about various science topics and engage in conversations about how they apply to our world.

June 20, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Science of Fireworks
Centerpoint Brewing Company

Science and culture intersect with a brilliant bang every time a firework explodes. Just in time for the Fourth of July, we'll explore the chemestry of color through demonstrations with fire. We'll also discuss how fireworks get their variety of shapes and colors, why we use them to express our patriotism and how cultures have enjoyed fireworks through history.

July 18, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Hollywood Heroes: Indiana Jones
Bier Brewery

Join us for an exciting discussion with Michelle Greenan, Director of Archeology at the Indiana State Museum; and Craig Mince, Board President at the Indianapolis International Film Festival, Theater Manager at IMAX Theater Indiana State Museum.

August 15, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Science of Taste
Deviate Brewing

Join us for an exciting discussion with Greg Ortwein, owner and brewer at Deviate Brewing.

Be sure to follow our calendar for additional upcoming events.

Calling all scientists! 

Science Communication & Professional Development
Share your work with school groups and visitors at the museum. Work with our education staff to develop hands-on activities related to your field. Join a network of Indiana-based scientists working together to improve science communication in our state. Contact Mel Fox, PhD, Indiana State Museum Science and Innovation Program Manager, at