A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie

A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie

Legacy explores the lives of five brothers – George, Frank, Edmund, William, and Lucius Ball as they moved their glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, New York to Muncie in the 1880s. The film pays particular attention to the wide ¬ranging philanthropic efforts of the family over the past 120 years, including the creation of Ball State University.

The documentary recently won five international Accolade Awards: three awards of excellence for cinematography, lighting, and animation; and two awards of merit for directing and best short documentary.

Funded by the Ball Brothers Foundation in 2013, the documentary is one part of a larger project exploring community development initiatives in Muncie. An additional series about Muncie’s quality of life efforts titled Primacy of Place and a short documentary series about non-¬profit organizations in Delaware County are being produced concurrently. Both series will debut fully in spring 2015.

The Department of Telecommunications is proud to present a documentary about the five Ball Brothers – A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie.  To learn more about the project, please contact Chris Flook at caflook@bsu.edu or visit: https://vimeo.com/268696347


Arts and Culture in Muncie

Arts and Culture in Muncie

There is no shortage of options for the art enthusiast in Muncie!

Muncie Arts & Culture Council

What started as a simple monthly conversation among artists and cultural organizations, the Muncie Arts & Culture Council (MACC) established the Muncie Arts & Culture District, and is advocating for the arts as a major economic engine in this region. http://Munciearts.org is a major component of this effort.The Annual ArtsWalk is held the first Thursday in October.  This event celebrates every thing art, culture and history in Muncie / Delaware County. As the event grows every year you don’t want to miss the next one!

First Thursday Gallery Walk in Downtown Muncie

Celebrate the arts in Downtown Muncie every First Thursday! All the downtown art galleries simultaneously  present their monthly exhibits, with extended hours, on the first Thursday evening of every month. Stroll the streets, meet the artists, enjoy live music and find free refreshments at nearly every stop.

Also, most of the specialty shops downtown keep extended hours during First Thursday, and all our restaurants and pubs will be open late and ready to serve you. So grab your friends, head downtown, and join the hundreds celebrating local arts and culture in Muncie’s historic downtown district!

Indiana Artisan spotlights Select Works of Indiana Art, Craft and Food

Delaware County selected Artisans:

Carol Burt, Stoneware and pottery: 765-282-5383
Ben Gordy, Frames of wood, imitation gold leaf, egg tempera and paints/varnishes: 765-284-8422
Brian Gordy, Watercolor prints, frames in gold leaf, woodcarving, epoxy resin, stains and paints: turtlepaintings.com
Alan Patrick, Oil painting on canvas or panel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JWx45xK-ow
To learn more about Indiana Artisan visit the https://indianaartisan.org/ Your search engine to the world of art in Indiana!
 Are you an art enthusiast?
 Explore ArtBabble.org. It’s an artistic version of YouTube with a large collection of video content, links and much more.
Bob Ross Experience

Bob Ross Experience

Explore the life, philosophy, and art of the iconic American painter inside the historic home where The Joy of Painting was filmed!

Bob Ross inspired generations of viewers with his soft-spoken voice and a pallet knife. With its global reach, it’s hard to imagine that much of his beloved series, The Joy of Painting, was filmed in an unassuming television studio inside a historic home in Muncie, Indiana. Now a part of Minnetrista’s campus, the historic home has been transformed into an immersive museum exhibit that transports visitors to where the magic happened.

Visitors will step inside the recreated television studio and be inspired by Bob’s message of fearless creativity. Through original artifacts, authentic Bob Ross paintings, and interactive exhibit elements, the Bob Ross Experience brings The Joy of Painting to life.

Get your tickets today!

Visit http://minnetrista.net/bobrossexperience or call 765.282.4848

Stop by the Muncie Visitors Bureau to purchase Bob Ross merchandise and to get information about more exciting things to do in Muncie.


Charles W. Brown Planetarium and Observatory at Ball State University

Charles W. Brown Planetarium and Observatory at Ball State University

Visit and experience why Ball State University’s Charles W. Brown Planetarium is considered one of the best in the country! An immersive theater where state-of-the-art technology transforms the 52-foot dome into a simulation of the night sky as seen from Earth and from space. Their free programs are open to the public, school groups and university students.

Ball State University, Cooper Science Complex, 2000 W. Riverside Ave. Muncie, IN 47306



Open October-April