Athenæum 401 East Michigan Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

The Athenaeum preserves and enhances this historic German-American landmark to advance the “Sound Mind in a Sound Body” values of its founders.

We support this through programming that lifts spirits and engages in diverse communities.


Upcoming Events at Athenæum

Past Events at Athenæum



Thu, Aug 15, 2019 8:30 AM - Thu, Aug 15, 2019 5:00 PM @ Athenæum
Managing regional and local water supplies and insuring a sustainable and resilient future for Indiana depend upon the cooperation of dozens of stakeholder organizations, public officials and state policy makers, as well as individual citizens.

The Indiana Water Summit is an opportunity to increase our collective understanding of statewide water resources, learn from national experts and other communities, and find the best ways to protect our water assets.

The Summit

The Indiana Water Summit is an apolitical and inclusive annual forum developed to examine the complex interests and issues that face our water supply. The Summit’s subject matter seeks to remain consistent with and build upon current legislative actions in order to provide a broad planning perspective, weaving together diverse topics that together demonstrate the interdependency of water issues and the science behind the state of the waters.

The overarching goal of the Summit is to lay the framework for state- and regional-level water planning. Topics are selected to align with relevant university research, as well as the current water needs and challenges facing all sectors of water users (agriculture, industry, utility, community quality of life, etc.). The format of the Summit includes a combination of national and international speakers; a review of best practices, case studies, and lessons learned; interactive elements; and an influential keynote address.

Schedule – August 14 & 15, 2019

Kick Off Event
Wednesday, August 14 from 6-8:30 p.m.  
Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers 46038

A kick off event featuring a hands-on workshop designed for learning ‘all things water’. Diverse professionals will provide an educational tour through water infrastructure systems, key water regulations, water quality threats, and water use trends among major user groups. Small group activities will help ‘connect the drops’ and provide a great learning forum for everyone! Join us early from 5-6:00 pm for light hors d’oeuvres, exclusive hot air balloon rides with views of the White River, and time to mingle with water experts to answer your questions. This event is for the whole community and not geared for water professionals. Adults only, please!

Action Forum
Thursday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Athenaeum
401 E Michigan St., Indianapolis 46204

This day-long, action-driven forum is aimed at building widespread understanding about competing water needs, best practice water quality strategies, and regional water planning approaches needed to guide Indiana’s water future. Interactive sessions, speakers, and panels will feature national, state, and regional experts across the full spectrum of water users, researchers, and policy makers. Stay after from 5-6:00 pm for happy hour networking in the Rathskellar Biergarten.

Need a Place to Stay?

The recommended hotels below are in close proximity (12-15 minute drive / 5-8 minute walk) to the event venue, The Rathskellar.  Note:  Rooms have NOT been blocked.  Guests are responsible for coordinating their accommodations.

Support the Summit

Become a Water Investor

The Summit is an inclusive event that does not boast typical sponsorships. Rather, its long-term future is dependent upon the support of many individuals and organizations… much like protecting our water future is dependent on such cooperation. Everyone has a role to play. You can help us insure the Water Summit’s success and affordability by becoming part of our Water Investors group. No donation is too small or too large to be an Investor. All Water Investors will be equally recognized and appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible and will be utilized specifically for the Summit and its related efforts. Please consider giving to Indiana’s water future.

Tags: Indiana Water Summit, issues that face our water supply, conference, festival, benefit, White River Festival



Sat, May 11, 2019 10:00 AM - Sat, May 11, 2019 2:00 PM @ Athenæum

Low-cost meal prep? Improv in the classroom? Hand-lettering chalkboards? What are the things you wish you knew just a little more about, but can’t learn in district-mandated PD? On Saturday of Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers teach teachers in a free, interactive day of lifelong learning in partnership with Barter School Indy. Register by May 2nd, and you’ll be able to sign up for a personalized schedule of classes for the day. These fun, short workshops are taught by local experts in everything from starting succuluents to freelancing in your free time.

Interested in teaching a mini-class of your own, or want to learn more? Message us!

Want a zing before class starts? Coat Check Coffee has your caffeine fix. Need a break during the passing period? The Rathskeller is your cafeteria for the day, and will be on hand for German beer and snacks.

This event is part of Teachers Lounge Indy’s Week of Events for Teacher Appreciation Week, and is free for teachers and their friends and families to attend. You can find information about our other events on Eventbrite and Facebook.

Tags: Teacher Appreciation Weekteachers teach teachers in a free, interactive day of lifelong learning in partnership, Barter School Indy



Thu, Apr 25, 2019 4:00 PM - Thu, Apr 25, 2019 6:00 PM @ Athenæum

A city’s strength and economic resilience is directly related to the strength of its downtown. Clearly, Downtown Indianapolis is experiencing a heightened level of energy, focus and collaboration.

Be a part of this annual meeting of Downtown’s business and residential community as local and national leaders examine the value and benefit of Downtown Indianapolis. Hear not only the “So what?” factor on the strength of our urban core, but also participate in the critical “Now what?” discussion with co-workers and stakeholders.

This year’s State of Downtown features keynote speaker David T. Downey, CAE, President & CEO of the International Downtown Association (IDA), a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. Downey’s perspectives will include the latest data revealed in Indianapolis’ participation in The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities Report. His remarks will be followed by a panel discussion of local influencers on Downtown’s vibrancy, inclusion, and economic sustainability. Networking follows with beer, wine and great food setting the stage for an even more prosperous urban core.

Event Schedule:

3:45 p.m..: Registration (and bar) opens

4:00 p.m.: Presentation begins

5 p.m.: Networking reception

6 p.m.: Event concludes

*This event is free for DII members and patrons.

Tags: annual meeting of Downtown’s business and residential community, networking, presentation



Thu, Mar 28, 2019 7:30 PM - Thu, Mar 28, 2019 9:00 PM @ Athenæum

What do we mean when we use the word “equity”? How do we build an equitable society? Join us for a conversation with Jelani Cobb, Negin Farsad, and Jeff Chang about Equity in Modern America.

Jeff Chang is author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.

Jelani Cobb is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, The Devil and Dave Chappelle, and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic.

Negin Farsad is author of How to Make White People Laugh and director of The Muslims are Coming!

This event is part of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute’s Entanglements Series which puts scientists, social scientists, humanists, and artists in conversation with the audience to ask questions that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

Equity in Modern America is presented with the Kheprw Institute, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indiana Humanities, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, and the IUPUI Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Support for this event comes from the Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant program.

Tags: Jelani Cobb, Negin Farsad, and Jeff Chang about Equity in Modern America, talks



Wed, Feb 20, 2019 7:00 PM - Wed, Feb 20, 2019 9:15 PM @ Athenæum

Our Walk the Talk experience for 2019 begins with the topic of Manifest: Anything is Possible, Wednesday, February 20th at The Athenaeum. Doors open at 7:pm; show starts at 7:45pm.

We are powerful creators, more powerful that even fathomable. We are powerful because we are extensions of source power and live by the universal Law of Attraction. The law of attraction is always steadfastly delivering what we have consciously or unconsciously asked for through our focus, our thoughts and most especially our feelings. We are always in the process of manifesting and creating our lives. This is good news because it means we can change our thoughts to change our world. We can learn to come from an empowered place and use this law to manifest the life of our dreams.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:45 PM. The speaker series will include six speakers who will share their stories on the topic of manifesting. The show will also feature live Rock n’ Roll music, confetti, our super cool master of ceremonies, and will wrap up with our motivational balloon drop.

If you’re interested in auditioning, auditions are Jan. 16, 2019. For more info please email Steve at [email protected]

Thanks for helping us create an epic shift in people’s consciousness! #WalkTheTalkTribe

Tags: universal Law of Attraction, Walk the Talk, Live Music, balloon drop, motivational speakers



Sat, Dec 08, 2018 7:45 PM - Sat, Dec 08, 2018 10:15 PM @ Athenæum

As grade school children, most of us can remember how our teachers emphasized the importance of being kind to others. While kindness is infinitely important, generosity of spirit was rarely mentioned. I’ve realized over the years that generosity is of foundational importance in creating a kind community of folks who continuously give and are open to receive. Walk the Talk believes the world could use more inspired kindness, and more generous giving. With fall and the holidays upon us, Walk the Talk (WTT) feels it is a good time to share stories related to Kindness and Generosity.

How is kindness expressed, both individually and collectively? What has the act of kindness shown to each of us as individuals? How do kindness and generosity shape the world we live in? What does kindness do for the spirit? These are but a few questions this speaker series will aim to answer.

Coming up on Saturday, December 8, 2018, Walk the Talk presents the topic of Kindness & Generosity downtown at the Athenaeum in the Basille Theatre (AKA the Rathskeller building). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:45 PM. The speaker series will include six speakers who will share their stories on the topic of Kindness & Generosity. The show will also feature live Rock n’ Roll music, confetti, our super cool master of ceremonies, and will wrap up with our motivational balloon drop.

If you have any questions please contact Steve at [email protected] Thanks for being part of our epic shift!

Tags: Walk the Talk, Kindness & Generosity



Sat, Oct 06, 2018 6:30 PM - Sat, Oct 06, 2018 8:30 PM @ Athenæum

In celebration of the Year of German-American Friendship, Bremen-based German artist collective URBANSCREEN will illuminate three iconic buildings in the United States with their light-art, thereby highlighting different aspects of German-American relations.

To celebrate Indianapolis’s strong German-American roots, URBANSCREEN will illuminate The Athenaeum Foundation, Inc. with images of influential German-American personalities-including Marlene Dietrich, Albert Einstein and Kurt Vonnegut. URBANSCREEN’s innovative approach integrates architecture with digital artwork, producing an experience that uniquely evokes the stories and accomplishments of remarkable German-American lives.

URBANSCREEN is an internationally active design-studio for cross-disciplinary media installations. As early pioneers of projection mapping, we’ve been both witnessing and influencing the development of innovative technology-enhanced communication in the fields of artistic production, brand experience and interior installation for more than 13 years. We work with curators, corporate-clients and agencies and combine a high degree of technical expertise with plenty of enthusiasm and a genuinely open mind. Our creative studio unites professionals from the fields of media art, 3D-design, architecture, cultural studies, sound design and management. With our multi award-winning works, we create unforgettable experiences for audiences all over the globe.

Get tickets to a free behind the scenes tour with Julia Muney Moore by reserving your tickets through EventBrite (see link below).

Funded by Wunderbar Together and German Federal Foreign Office
Implemented by Goethe-Institut
Supported by BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie

Photo: URBANSCREEN, still from “555 KUBIK, how it would be if a house were a dream.”

Tags: URBANSCREEN, projection mapping, Athenaeum



Wed, Jun 27, 2018 7:45 PM - Wed, Jun 27, 2018 9:15 PM @ Athenæum

Coming June 27th, 2018, we present the topic of Signs & Synchronicity. What are signs and synchronicities? We all have had signs telling us what to do or not to do. These signs can come in simple ways, or through complex messages. Synchronicities happen the same way. For instance, just as we think of someone or something we see them or that happens! Goosebumps and synchronicities happen all the time. Signs & Synchronicity always work together! Our six speakers will share their messages and guidance on how to follow your signs and experience your synchronicities!

Doors are at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 7:45 pm. Buy your tickets early to grab a great seat! All seats are reserved. We also have local vendors on site with products that follow our mission of well-being. Tickets are available online or at the door if it doesn’t sell out. Tickets are $15.00, and $5 for children under 11.

With this talk, we move outside The Vogue and will be presented at the Basile Theatre in the historic Athenaeum, downtown Indianapolis. Our events always include live music, 6 fabulous storytellers, confetti, interactiveness, a Motivational Balloon drop (inside each balloon is a motivational phrase on topic), a cool light show, and lots of takeaways on topic!

Thanks for helping us create an epic shift, one person at a time. And that person is you!

Tags: Walk The Talk, Signs & Synchroncity


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