WHAT IF? ELKHART Coordinates cultural programs

Have you ever asked “what’s going on tonight in Elkhart?” We noticed how our researched peer cities have an online presence where everyone can easily find everything about what is going on, where to be, and how to get there.

Elkhart is not lacking in cultural experiences. Pubs, restaurants and hangouts will only get better as we focus on recreation and quality of place. Through our focus groups and interviews, we learned that residents just want to see it all in one place and know that all event providers are coordinating logistics with one another. Easy right?

  • Would an online experience like this click here or this click here be beneficial?

  • What problems about current events and experiences can be solved?

  • How well do current events, experiences and forums address diversity and inclusion?

  • What new cultural experiences should be considered?


The City of Elkhart intends to work with all event providers of arts and cultural experiences to simply coordinate schedules and assure a positive resident and visitor experience regarding the happenings of The City of Elkhart.


The Lerner

The Lerner Theatre, an Elkhart Landmark, is part of a revival, a new era for the arts, commerce and life in the heart of our community. The Lerner is evidence of this rebirth with its timeless, never-lost quality of an old theatre reborn as a state of the art performance and event facility.

Premier Arts

Premier Arts inspires the imagination and develops the creative spirit of our community. Its focus is on youth, family, and lifelong learning. Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performing Arts Center, is comprised of professional staff guided by engaged community leaders. Premier Arts is a recognized regional leader in providing diverse, professional performing arts education and entertainment. It instills civic pride, confidence and character building for everyone engaged in its success. The region supports Premier Arts through attendance, contribution and volunteerism.


Elkhart Art Walk

The free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as downtown ArtWalk brings together art lovers and community friends to ever-evolving downtown Elkhart. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown Elkhart celebrates the arts and artists who enhance our community.


Wellfield Botanical Gardens

Immerse yourself in every season at Wellfield Botanic Gardens! Experience the unique events, diverse educational programs, garden exhibits, and seasonal gifts throughout the year at Michiana’s most beautiful location. 


Midwest Museum of american art

The Midwest Museum of American Art is located in the center of downtown Elkhart, Indiana in a beautifully renovated neo-classical style bank building. The Midwest Museum of American Art is a showcase of 19th through 21st Century American Art and houses a large collection of hand-signed lithographs by the famous American illustrator Norman Rockwell. In all, the permanent collection numbers over 6,000 works with approximately 900 on display at any time during the year. 


Ruthmere Museum

The Ruthmere Foundation inspires the imagination and promotes excellence in fine arts, architecture, and historic preservation to advocate life-long learning and the entrepreneurial spirit. Unique to Ruthmere is the fact that it is both an historic house museum interpreting the rich stories of a family vital to local history as well as a home for a world class fine arts collection, highlighted by several examples of Tiffany glass and sculptures by Auguste Rodin.