Address : Jl. Ki Hadjar Dewantara No. 19 Kota Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
The Art Institute of Indonesia Surakarta, better known as ISI Surakarta or ISI Solo, is one of the finest art institutes in the country. The campus has a long history and been through changes to become what it is. ISI Surakarta is a metamorphosis of the Karawitan Art Academy of Indonesia (ASKI) which had turned into Art College of Indonesia (STSI).
ASKI was opened in 1964 upon the initiatives of some young Surakarta artists who recommended the government to set up an educative body of arts. The academy was under the management of Directorate General of Culture, Department of Elementary Education and Culture. That time, ASKI Surakarta used the buildings of the Indonesian Karawitan Conservatory which is now occupied by 8 State Vocational Senior High School of Surakarta (SMKN 8). Then in 1972, the Central Javanese Art Development Project in Surakarta, that inhabited the buildings of the Royal Palace of Surakarta Hadiningrat Sunanate, gave Pagelaran, Sitihinggil, and Sasonomulyo pavilions to ASKI Surakarta.
ASKI used the buildings for some years, while the government was building a campus in Kentingan, Jebres District, Surakarta. Once the construction was finished, in 1985, the administration and academic activities of ASKI were carried out in the new campus.
In 1988, three years after the move to the new campus, ASKI Surakarta was changed into STSI Surakarta with the issue of the Decree of Minister of Education and Culture No. 0446/O/1988 dated 12 September 1988. The decree changed the status of the campus from academy to college.
Later on, STSI Surakarta became an institute with the issue of Presidential Decree No. 77 Year 2006 dated 20 July 2006. It also adjusted the name of STSI Surakarta to ISI become Surakarta. This new name was inaugurated by Minister of National Education Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo on 11 September 2006 in the campus main hall.
Despite the name and status changes, the date of birth remains the same, i.e. 15 July. It is based on the Decree of Minister Education and Culture No. 068/1964 about the opening of Karawitan Art Academy of Indonesis (ASKI) Surakarta, the earliest form of ISI Surakarta.
ISI Surakarta owns two campuses, Campus One is in Kentingan and Campus Two is in Mojosongo. Campus One is used for post-graduate programs and the Faculty of Performing Arts. Campus Two is used for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Recording Arts.
The cool atmosphere in the campus makes it very comfortable for educational activities. The trees make the campus green and shady. Moreover, it is already equipped with technology as shown in the classrooms, which are all fitted out with multimedia facilities.
ISI Surakarta also has outdoor classrooms in a garden, theaters, and outdoor stage. A little garden called Eden is a space for student discussion. Drama, music, dance and other art exhibitions can use either Humardani Theater or the outdoor theater while the outdoor stage is for any outdoor exhibition.
Besides enrolling in the academic activities, some of the students also join the student organizations like Student’s Mandatary Board (Dewan Amanat Mahasiswa/DAM) and Student’s Executive Body (Badan Eksekutif Mahasiswa/BEM), either at campus or department level. Some other students may prefer joining the student clubs, such as band, Malay musical group, student choir, keroncong (traditional music), kethoprak (traditional play), theater, badminton, basketball, karate, archery, futsal (indoor soccer), student regiment, and nature lovers.
This institute is known for having produced great artists, together with ISI Yogyakarta and ISI Denpasar. ISI Surakarta has two undergraduate faculties, i.e. the Faculty of Performing Art and Faculty of Fine Arts and Design. The former consists of departments such as Karawitan, Ethnomusicology, Dance, and Pedhalangan (Puppetry). As for the later, it includes Handicraft Art, Fine Arts, Recording Arts, and Design. The campus also offers two post-graduate programs, Art Study and Art Creation.
ISI Surakarta awards scholarships, merit-based and need-based, for students from government and non-governmental donor. Among the scholarships are the Scholarship for achievement improvement for new students, Scholarship for financially disabled students, Supersemar Scholarship, Scholarship from Central Java Government, Japan Foundation Scholarship, etc.
The Art Institute of Indonesia, Surakarta is located on Ki Hadjar Dewantara Street, No. 19, Surakarta, Central Java.
Located in the city of Surakarta, ISI Surakarta is easy to reach by public and private transportation. There are many kinds of vehicles that could take you there such as bus, train, tricycle, and taxi.
Taking a bus, from areas in the north of Surakarta like Salatiga, Semarang, Pekalongan, Tegal, Jepara, Pati, Demak, or other areas such as Yogyakarta and Bandung, you can get off at Tirtonadi Bus Station, which is only 3 km away from the campus. From the bus station, you can get a bus heading for Tawangmangu and get off at Pedaringan intersection. This will cost Rp 2,500. From the bus station, you can also take a cab, costing Rp 25,000; motorcycle taxi, costing Rp 7,500; or minibus with route number 3, costing Rp 3,500. However, if you take a bus from the east, such as from Surabaya, you can get off right at Pedaringan intersection and then walk 200 m to the campus.
If you depart from Balapan Train Station, you can take an Atmo bus heading for Palur and get off at Pedaringan intersection with Rp 2,500 fare. And if you start from Jebres Train Station, you should take a Damri bus heading for Palur and stop at Pedaringan intersection. This too will cost you Rp 2,500. Jebres Train Station is only 1.5 km away from the campus.
There is no admission ticket for visitors.
F. Accommodations and Other Facilities
Some of the supporting facilities in the campus are:
This can be divided into two categories, indoor and outdoor. The indoor facilities consist of small theater, multimedia classrooms, and studios for all departments. As for the outdoor, there are the outdoor theater, Humardani Theater, and Eden Garden.
The campus has courts for basketball, volleyball, tennis and some other sports.
The mosque is accessible for students, institute staff, and also public. Kalimasada Mosque is planned to get a renovation soon, in order to provide room for 400 people.
It is located at the center of Campus One, on the 1st floor of the Central Library. This room is a place to enliven the culture of scientific thinking of arts. This room is equipped with standard facilities such as wi-fi, good sound system, and air conditioner. This room is used for holding seminars of local, national, and international levels.
Text: Mujibur Rohman
Photo(s): Collections of Jogjatrip.com
Translation: Reza Daffi
(Primary data and various sources)