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The Southern Indiana Center for Arts (SICA) was established in 1991 thanks to the efforts of musician John Mellencamp, who grew up in the area. It is located in a 1851 Greek Revival home that was owned by a man named Dr. Ripley. John often visited the house to visit Dr. Ripley's son, Mark. When it was up for sale, John decided to buy the house. He and his mother, Marilyn, had lamented the fact that the area did not a have an art center. He talked to town officials and eventually they agreed to form SICA. It is a place where people can learn about the visual, performing, artisan, fine, culinary, architecture, and literary arts. Also on the center's grounds is the Conner Museum of Antique Printing, founded in 2003, and serves as a working 1800s printing shop.


  • The Southern Indiana Center for Arts was established thanks the efforts of musician John Mellencamp.
http://www.soinart.com/about.html. Retrieved 8-7-15.