Downtown Muncie boasts a vibrant art district, complete with a variety of galleries, monthly First Thursday art openings, demonstrations, classes and educational talks. The annual Arts Walk, on the first Thursday in October, adds select groups from Ball State University for music, dance and fine art demonstrations and performances. Free to the public, these family friendly events include light refreshments and free parking.
Every 15 minutes, 48 custom-made bells covering four octaves ring out across the Ball State campus from Shafer Tower. As the crowning glory of the north end of campus, Shafer Tower rises 150 feet in the air from the middle of McKinley Avenue. The tower is named after Phyllis and Hamer Shafer, members of the Miller College of Business Hall o f Fame and benefactors of the university and Muncie community. The tower is used to play pre-recorded music or music played on an off-site keyboard. For special occasions, a carillonneur can climb the tower where a keyboard attached to cables is used to strike the bells and produce music.
A 20 foot tall abstract sculpture of Cor-ten steel with red Epoxy by artist Richard F. Kishel. This was dedicated in 1973. Once located in downtown Muncie, it now is located outside of Studebaker Hall on Ball State University campus.
A bronze fountain on a concrete base on the west side of the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center. Two children sit opposite one another in a round basin, one laughing and the other hiding its face from the water. The sculpture is signed “Grace Halen Talbot.”
A community project directed by the Mayor’s Youth Council. Local artist Brian Blair painted the hands which were designed by Donnie Adams. The remainder of the piece was painted by the Mayor’s Youth Council members. Located just south of downtown Muncie on Madison Street.