Latest Blogs

Fall at Minnetrista

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on October 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

It is fall in East Central Indiana and Minnetrista is no exception. Throughout campus, you can see pieces of summer hanging on and fall making its way in. We hope you enjoy these shots of our campus and possibly even a fall stroll through Minnetrista... Read More >

Bertha and Sarah, an Unlikely Pair

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on September 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

If you live in Muncie or Indiana for that matter, you’ve likely heard about the philanthropic work of the Ball brothers. They were major contributors to the building of the local Y.M.C.A. and Masonic Temple Buildings, and also critical in establishing Ball State University and... Read More >

Changes and Community Outreach Happening in the Orchard Garden

Posted by: Anna Groover on August 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

Tucked away behind The Orchard Shop lies the Orchard Garden. Unlike many of the other gardens at Minnetrista, we grow vegetables and other produce in the Orchard Garden. Additionally, local community members are welcome to stop by, remove a few weeds, and take home a... Read More >

Once I Saw a Fairy…

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on July 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

Are you heading out to Faeries, Sprites, & Lights tonight? If you can’t find the time this evening, come by tomorrow or Saturday to experience the wonder and magic of Oakhurst—a place where Elisabeth “Betty” Ball’s youthful imagination was able to explore the world around... Read More >

What To Expect On Our Faerie Mainstage

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on July 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

In the latest Other Happenings Blog I had the pleasure of speaking with our new Theatre Connections Manager, Mason Absher. Absher is a 2011 graduate of the University of the Indianapolis and has been interested and practicing theatre for over 23 years. We asked him... Read More >

The Hidden Art of Bookplates

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on June 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

Do you like treasure hunts? How about finding hidden works of art? A lot of artwork can be seen in predictable places. You’ll definitely find paintings in museums, and beautiful illustrations are often found in the pages of children’s books. Occasionally murals pop up in... Read More >

Get Ready for Nature Play Days

Posted by: Sam Condon on June 8, 2017 at 9:00 am

As a kid growing up in East Central Indiana, June, July, and August were my favorite months of the year. School was out for the summer, and the warm summer air that had been beckoning me and my friends all May was finally ours for... Read More >


Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on May 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

From the time that planning for Minnetrista began in the mid-1980s, there was always to be a sculpture in the middle of the circle drive in front of the Center Building. Minnetrista Cultural Center opened in 1988 with no sculpture, and it took another sixteen... Read More >

Minnetrista’s Favorite Spring Activities

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on May 11, 2017 at 9:00 am

Spring is a beautiful time of the year at Minnetrista and what better way to know what to see and do when you're at Minnetrista in the spring than from an insider! I decided to send out an email to all of the staff at... Read More >

The Original Muncie Cartoonist

Posted by: Diane Barts on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

When we think of Muncie, cartoons, and cartoonists, the first thought is usually of Jim Davis and Garfield. The second thought may be of T.K. Ryan and his comic “Tumbleweeds.” But before these two cartoonists, there was the original Muncie cartoonist, Chic Jackson. Charles Bacon... Read More >