2011 Governor's Arts Awards Spotlight: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Founded in 1925, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is now the world's largest children's museum with immersive exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities, serving more than one million visitors each year.

The museum's contribution to the arts spans the visual arts, theatre, music and the literary arts presented through its permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits and diverse artifacts.

One of only three children's museums that collect, preserve, and display culturally significant artifacts, the museum holds more than 120,000 artifacts and objects.

Complementing its multidisciplinary exhibits are art specific areas such as the Eli Lilly Center for Arts Exploration, and Lilly Theater. The Center exhibits art, music, theatre and interdisciplinary arts by professional and youth artists; encourages visitors in and through the arts; and serves as a catalyst for the museum-wide exploration of the arts.

"The Children's Museum takes great pride in its role as a leading cultural tourism driver for the state of Indiana, and is honored to receive this award," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. "From world-class permanent installations such as Fireworks of Glass by Dale Chihuly, to the many temporary exhibitions featuring works of art and artifacts from throughout the world, to the many full-time artists who perform regularly in the Museum's Lilly Theater and galleries, the Museum's commitment to arts education is significant and we are grateful for this recognition."

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and five additional recipients of the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards will be honored during an awards ceremony and dinner Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the Ernestine M. Raclin School for the Arts on the campus of Indiana University South Bend.