Bob Ross Experience at Minnetrista

Bob Ross inspired generations of viewers with only his soft-spoken voice and a pallet knife. His message of compassion creativity continues to reverberate today. And yet there is currently no place fans of Bob Ross can visit to celebrate and honor Bob’s life and legacy. With your help, we are going to change that.

With its global impact, it’s hard to imagine that much of the beloved series, The Joy of Painting, was filmed in the unassuming WIPB studio in Muncie, Indiana. Bob painted for the iconic series out of the historic L.L. Ball home on Minnetrista’s campus from 1983 to 1988. The message Bob promoted of fearless creativity and the need to reinterpret perceived mistakes as “happy little accidents” is something we want to see further amplified in the world today.

The Bob Ross Experience at Minnetrista will create a space for Bob’s message to flourish. It will showcase his life and work, allowing visitors to stand in the exact studio where he painted. 

Funds are being raised for the completion of the Bob Ross Experience. With the support of Bob Ross Inc. extensive headway has been made, but in the spirit of Bob himself, his broader community of fans and supporters have been invited to help with the efforts. When you enter the former studio, the magic of Bob’s presence and message can still be felt. Minnetrista is partnering with Bob Ross Inc. to create a permanent experience that consists of a recreated studio, gallery space, and painting workshop. 

Check out the giving tiers to see the perks available for helping to make the Bob Ross Experience a reality!

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