Our city is home to well over 200 visual & performing artists, more than 100 established art-related businesses and non-profit organizations, five active fine art guilds, the international River Bend Film Festival, and several renowned performance venues—Goshen College Music Center, Ignition Music Garage, and the Historic Goshen Theater.
After the assembly of The Mayor’s Arts Council, in the fall of 2016, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman posed the question, "What does our city need to advance our art community?" We introduce The Local. Originally inspired by a group of working artists in 2013 as a labor of love with an all volunteer staff, the Local has grown to be a place for seasonal art exhibits and markets.
Made possible by the support of the Live, Work, Play Grant through the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the next phase of our project will be coming soon in 2018. We are working with local illustrators to develop a Field Guide to the Arts: a beautiful, artistically rendered drawing of Goshen designed for web and print. This city drawing will be used extensively on our website as part of our initial plans to highlight our art assets in an interactive database. The printed version will also be available for distribution at our sponsoring locations.