Fort Ben Cultural Campus

The Fort Ben Cultural Campus was made possible by the Lilly Endowment's "Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation" initiative. It is open to the public seven days a week. Free programming on the Plaza includes Fridays at the Fort, Classical Sundays at the Fort, and many other festivals and events. Highlights of the campus include:

Renovations and addition to the historic Theater at the Fort

Relocation and renovation of new Visual Arts Center

First permanent installation of Musical Swings ( Open from 9 AM - 10 PM, every day)

Installation of Marching Sidewalk

Amphitheater (coming soon)

Virtual reality/augmented reality app (coming soon)

With every new addition to Fort Ben, we'd love to hear the amazing stories from you and your family of your experiences and memories here on the Fort. Let's hope we can make so many more of the Cultural Campus

The Venues


Theater at the Fort

This historic theater was built in 1929 as a theater to entertain the enlisted men at Fort Benjamin Harrison.  It is the only remaining historic building still used for its originally intended purpose.  It has received renovations throughout including the addition of film/movies capabilities. The addition to Theater at the Fort offers rehearsal and classroom spaces including a puppet stage.  Public restrooms will be open for those visiting the plaza, and public art will also be on display in the lobby areas.

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Visual Arts Center

The Fort Harrison Communications building has been moved!  And is now located on the Cultural Campus and is repurposed as the Visual Arts Center for Lawrence.  The Visual Arts Center will offer gallery space, art classrooms for public use, including a ceramics studio with pottery wheels.


Arts for Lawrence is excited to bring you a permanent space for Fridays at the Fort free concert series!  The Amphitheater will also be activated during AFL Festivals like Children’s Theater Fest, Fiesta Latina de Lawrence, and new for 2021, Juneteenth Jubilee! 


Sterrett Center

Once the Fort Harrison Service Club, offering a combined military and recreational library, is now the Sterrett Community Center, run by the City of Lawrence Parks Department. 

The Gallery

We believe the arts can do great things but we need your help!