ArtsRoad 46 is a cooperative partnership created to market the arts-related attractions and events located within the three-county region of Monroe, Brown and Bartholomew Counties in south central Indiana. The original partnership was created in 2007, thanks to a grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development that was specifically focused on created tourism trails within the state. The concept underwent a name change and slight change in focus, the result is ArtsRoad 46 - a partnership between the three communities of Bloomington, Brown County and Columbus that promotes the many and varied arts-related experiences, events and activities to be found in the region.
We hope you enjoy exploring the ArtsRoad 46 area. Though named for Indiana Highway 46 that runs through all three participating destinations, the area promoted through ArtsRoad 46 includes the entirety of all three counties, not just the areas along the highway. We invite you to take a few backroads and explore everything the participating destinations have to offer.
There are a total of five state designated Cultural Districts in Indiana, which promote the exploration of and participation in the arts and humanities through cultural experiences that are unique to our communities, while also supporting community life and economic vitality. The three unique and arts-focused communities of ArtsRoad 46 represent three of the five. Bloomington was declared an Indiana Cultural District in 2009 when the program was launched; Brown County and Columbus were added in the next round of designations.
For more information on participating communities, please click through to each destination's website via the images below.
From internationally-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music to the many art galleries throughout town, Bloomington is a global destination for arts and entertainment. Enjoy both campus-based and local productions of theatre, dance, and music at unique venues. Taste Bloomington's popular culture at live music clubs, gallery walks, gourmet restaurants, wineries and breweries, and arts and cultural festivals.
Known to generations as the "Art colony of the Midwest", Nashville and Brown County is the place for a refreshingly inspirational getaway with hundreds of unique craft, specialty and antique shops, and great entertainment. Enjoy watching artists create in galleries and studios. Experience local artisans' one-of-a-kind fine art, crafts, and food creations while sharing their stories. Journey back in time to a most colorful and rustic place.
Ranked as a top city for Architecture and Arts by critics and writers, Columbus is home to over seventy buildings and public art pieces by internationally noted artists and architects. Take an available guided or self-guided tour and discover the community, architectural treasures, landscaping, parks, and public art. An abundance of dining, shopping, community festivals, and fun events will make your visit unexpected and unforgettable.