Indianapolis is a city that is home to people from all over the world. Everywhere you go in Indy, you’ll find examples of the many cultures that make up this city. The Global Village Visitor Center, located northwest of Indianapolis, is a unique place where all cultures can come together, share and celebrate their traditions. Here, visitors will find galleries of donated art and artifacts, exhibits of works from every continent, and a welcoming space to learn about cultural traditions.
What you’ll find at the Global Village Welcome Center
Located in the Lafayette Square International Market, the Global Village Welcome Center offers cultural exhibits, classrooms, a demonstration kitchen, dance studios and other spaces dedicated to sharing and celebrating different traditions.
As you walk through the space, you’ll see exhibits with artwork and artifacts from countries around the world. Most of the things on display are for viewing only. However, there are a few other interactive objects that are great for kids to explore, like real musical instruments.
Countries from all continents are represented at the Global Village Welcome Center. But if visitors do not see their country represented, they are encouraged to contact the center and arrange for items from their country to be displayed. The Global Village Welcome Center wants to build a collection that represents as many of the people living in Indy as possible. Thus, the exhibits are constantly growing and changing.
Global Gifts Gift Shop
Inside the Global Village Welcome Center, visitors will find the center’s gift shop, Global Gifts. It is a non-profit gift shop specializing in unique jewelry, homewares, toys and foods from nearly 40 countries. Many of the items sold in the store are ethically sourced and the artisans have been paid fair wages.
Events at the Global Village Welcome Center
The Global Village Visitor Center is located in the International Market. This 2.5 mile community in Indy is where over 100 languages are spoken and 900 ethnic businesses and restaurants are located. Every month, the center organizes lunches and dinners, where visitors can experience some of the best cultural cuisines located in the international market. These meals offer guests the opportunity to eat delicious ethnic dishes, mingle with great company, and explore the hidden gems Indy has to offer.
Other events take place every year. These include the World Arts Expo, Savor the International Marketplace, Holiday Bazaar & World of Trees Expo, etc. More information about the events taking place at the Global Village Welcome Center can be found here https://www.imcoalition.org/events.
The Global Village Welcome Center is located at 4233 Lafayette Road in Indianapolis. It is open six days a week and closed on Sundays. Free entry and open to all. For more information, visit imcoalition.org.