Tube Factory artspace campus

Tube Factory artspace, 1125 S. Cruft St. Indianapolis, IN 46203

Tube Factory is a hybrid between a contemporary art museum and community center. It is currently open Wednesday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturdays & Sundays 9am-3pm.

Set on 5 acres the campus is a public place for culture, community, and creativity and it features a four commissioning galleries, Terri Sisson Park, a low power FM radio station and more!

It’s also home base for Big Car Collaborative’s work across Indianapolis and beyond. Tube Factory features rotating commissioned exhibits by international and local artists alike, interactive projects, space to hang out, a reference library and free books for teens and kids to take home, an outdoor gathering space, and more to find by exploring.

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Open Wednesday-Friday 9a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays 9am-3pm. We are also open until 10pm the First Friday of every month. Closed on holidays. Admission is free. Some programs and events may have ticket prices.


This previously vacant 12,000-square-foot former manufacturing building is now a thoughtfully renovated home base for our work as well as partnership-based community meetings and cultural events. It was built in 1908 for use as a dairy bottling plant before housing an armory, sheet metal pattern works, peanut roaster, and factory where people made metal tubes. Check out photos of Tube Factory here and view GIFs of the transformation of our space here.

Tube Factory: Before and After from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

TUBE FACTORY ARTSPACE – now open from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The transformation of the Tube Factory building, which opened in May of 2016, and the programming happening there are possible thanks to an outpouring of support from a wide range of funders for the first phase of the effort. Large grants for Tube Factory have come from the City of Indianapolis, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Lilly Endowment, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and LISC Indianapolis. Additional generous support came from Klipsch, Ann Stack, Howard Schrott and Diana Mutz, Ursula David, Sam Sutphin and Kerry Dinneen, and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation. The architectural firm Blackline also provided design support for the renovation of the building. And Riley Area Development Corporation is a key partner in the project.

All about The Tube Factory from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The Donors from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The Guardian (UK)
Sports Illustrated (video)
Pivot on Tube’s history
The Indianapolis Star (preview)
Indianapolis Star (opening)
Indianapolis Business Journal (review)
Indianapolis Business Journal (overall article)
Indianapolis Business Journal (Property Lines)
NUVO Newsweekly
Southside Times
No Mean City
The Urban Times

Big Car and Tube Factory are members of the Garfield Park Neighbors Association, IDADA and the Fountain Square Merchants Association.

  • Date: August, 2023