Let Music Speak is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating community through free world-class performance programming and to addressing community health through the lens of the arts. 

We believe that music and art programming can be transformative for communities, families and individuals, and that everyone should have access to these experiences. That's why we partner with underserved communities to present performances, workshops and entire festivals, for free.

What people are saying: 

People of all ages, all races, & all religions coming together and getting along. Been here in southern Indiana for about 10 years now and have not seen a setting or any event that has pulled that off!! People coming together as one.
— Neil Mangan, Redstone Shuttle
The festival was beyond imagination…best local concert/festival in memorable history!!
— Gabriel Plimpton


PaoliFest is a completely free music and arts festival in Paoli, Indiana. Featuring a diverse musical lineup that places local youth musicians on the same stage as international headliners, PaoliFest offers multiple genres of music on two stages, a kids stage and art area with all-day programming, community-driven art creations such as mural painting, craft demonstrations, food and art vendors and a teen film fest. 

PaoliFest aims to center art and music as core values of the community, to celebrate diversity, empower youth, encourage expression, and facilitate relationship-building through an annual festival celebration.  

In its first year, PaoliFest brought more in than 1,300 attendees from Paoli, Orange County and beyond. The population of Paoli, according to the 2010 census, was 3,677. Held on the grounds of a rehabilitated 1910 Tomato Factory, PaoliFest is hosted by local art Black Vulture Project. 

Margaret Hamilton Tribute

We are commissioning a permanent art piece for downtown Paoli, inspired by the life of Margaret Hamilton, a native of Paoli, who designed the software for the Apollo Space program. In connection with the installation, we will present an art exhibit at the Black Vulture Gallery downtown, and are asking youth groups and art studios from around the county to create multi-media art around the theme of Space. Learn more about Margaret Hamilton here. APPLY HERE.

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The HeARTland Hustle

The Annual HeARTland Hustle 5k Art Walk and and Run will debut on April 13, 2019. The theme of the first year is a celebration of Margaret Hamilton, a Paoli native who invented the software for the Apollo Space program. Hamilton is the recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work. A permanent outdoor sculpture inspired by Hamilton is being commissioned, and will be unveiled at the event. There will also be art creations by regional artists and local youth throughout the route, which will travel through historic downtown Paoli, highlighting treasured landmarks, buildings and parks.



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