After a busy summer of Umbrellas, public murals, art installations and live entertainment, Batesville Area Art Council is not slowing down. While Umbrella Sky events continue into October, two new events have been added to our busy Fall offerings:

Saturday, September 25th and 26th, 11:00 am-4:00 pm: BAAC Community Art Walk. Join BAAC for a guided or self-guided tour of over 30 original pieces of art in and around the downtown district of Batesville. This event is free and open to everyone in our community. For the first time ever, the public will get a personalized tour and learn interesting facts about the art installations around town and in three of our downtown schools: Saint Louis School, Batesville Middle School and Batesville Intermediate School. This extensive collection of art is made possible by many visiting artists through BAAC’s nationally recognized Arts-In-Education Program, as well as grants from Indiana Arts Commission, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and National Endowment for the Arts. Walking tours will be approximately 90 minutes in duration. Some bus tours will also be available, for a 75-minute tour. Those interested in registering for a spot for this free event or learning more about how to participate are encouraged to visit the Art Walk tab on the home page of the website. Tour times do have limited capacity, so register early! BAAC President Kendra Baslar encourages the community to take part in this unique behind the scenes opportunity to see the impressive collection of art in our schools and to learn fun tidbits about the different installations. “It will be a great day to get out, walk and learn about the hidden gems of art in our downtown district!” 

Saturday, October 2nd, 2-7 pm: BAAC joins the Hispanic Community Advisory Committee to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Fiesta Hispana. Back by popular demand, Trio de Colores will take the stage offering traditional Mariachi music from 3:00-4:15. Then, the same band members will transition into the lively Tropicante with upbeat Latin dance tunes from 4:45-6:00 pm.  Fiesta-goers will be swinging and clapping to the Colombian "cumbia," the Dominican "merengue," the Venezuelan "tambor," the Brazilian "samba," Mexican “polkas,” and more.