Basile Center

Bring creative thinking to life through the Basile Center

The Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life offers students the unique opportunity to contribute to the cultural vitality of Indianapolis and the surrounding region.

Since 2005, the Basile Center has served as a creative think tank, connecting Herron talent with community partners. The result is a wide array of imaginative projects—from public art commissions to design concepts for products or services.

By collaborating with businesses, nonprofits, healthcare facilities, communities, and government agencies, Herron students learn how to apply creative skills and ideas to solve problems in every industry and meet the demands of a constantly shifting global landscape.

This community engagement is paired with academic curriculum, and dedicated faculty members who mentor students each step of the way.

120+clients and community partners

1,000+students have participated in Basile Center projects

Recent community partners

  • Broad Ripple Village
  • The Caring Place
  • City of Lawrence
  • City of Westfield
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Duke Energy
  • Edna Martin Christian Center
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Fort Benjamin Harrison
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • IU Health
  • IU Health Neuroscience Center
  • Indianapolis Cultural Trail
  • Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation
  • Indy Parks and Recreation
  • Riley Hospital for Children
  • Wishard Foundation
  • YMCA

Statewide impact

Herron’s commitment to collaborative learning and community engagement contributes to the cultural vitality of Indiana and enhances our state’s reputation as a place where innovation and creative thinking are valued.

Gain professional experience

Students who participate in Basile Center projects learn about the importance of creativity in everyday life while becoming well-versed in the skills required to be a professional artist or designer.

  • Concept development
  • Design leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Project planning
  • Solution-driven methodologies
An arched sculpture made out of wood in an Indianapolis park also allows people a space to share books.

The Public Collection (2015)

The Public Collection commissions Indiana-based artists to design unique book share stations, or lending libraries, that are installed in community spaces around Indianapolis.

This public art and literacy project was developed to increase access to books and art. The project aims to improve literacy, foster a deeper appreciation of the arts, and promote social and educational justice in the Indianapolis community.

Learn more about the Public Collection
Dozens of colorful discs hang from the ceiling in the atrium of the YMCA.

YMCA at CityWay Atrium (2015)

While finishing her graduate studies at Herron, sculpture student Stephanie Cochran created an installation for the atrium of the new YMCA at Cityway. Cochran’s pieces features dozens of colorful, transparent acrylic discs engraved with leaf designs that are reminiscent of fallen foliage floating on a river.

Contact the Basile Center

To learn more about the Basile Center, submit a proposal, or get involved, contact the Center at or by phone 317-278-9423.