INDIANAPOLIS — The sign directing visitors to the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s new miniature golf course promises visitors “there’s a very good chance this will be the best mini golf you play all day.”

It’s a promise the museum hopes it can fulfill.

The 18-hole course, located outdoors at the museum on the Alliance Sculpture court, is one of a multitude of events and activities planned for Indiana’s 2016 bicentennial celebration of statehood.

The feature that sets the IMA’s miniature golf course apart from other courses is the unique Indiana theme of each hole. The museum put out a call on social media and through email lists for artists to submit original design ideas for miniature golf displays.

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The call-out included a requirement that ideas proposed have a distinctly Hoosier theme. Out of 52 concepts submitted by local and regional artists, 18 were chosen by a panel of museum curators based on creativity, feasibility and playability.

Part of the inspiration for the creation of a mini-golf course came from the Herron School of Art and Design, which hosted an artist-designed mini-golf fundraiser earlier in the year, said

If you go

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s new mini-golf course is open to the public through Oct. 30 and is included in the museum’s entrance fee. For more information on the course, visit

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Christine Schaefer is arts editor and editorial assistant at the Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3222 or