Thanks to support from you and other Big Car sponsors, the people of Indianapolis got a little bit happier this summer!
The season started with Fun Fleet on the Far Eastside. Between June and August, 400 kids joined Big Car teaching artists and the Indianapolis Public Library's Bookmobile to make art, check out books and grab healthy snacks--in five different apartment complexes in the zip code 46235. With support from The Glick Fund, Steve & Livia Russell, and others, the kids in this neighborhood used their creativity to draw their wishes for their own community.
At the Far Eastside Family Fun Day August 24, the Big Car team drew attention to walkability opportunities in the area by painting a temporary crosswalk.
At Dig IN, an artisan food festival in White River State Park, we got the crowd connecting with a conversational sticker badge activity.
Also this summer: we hosted 15 teens for a communications camp at Service Center, welcomed the Nepal Association of Indiana for a traditional dance event, did creative placemaking by building a Brewers' Garden with hops and barley in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood, and installed a big photo collage at the Indianapolis International Airport, created by kids at Gambold Prep School.
In August, we welcomed TEDxIndianapolis artist-in-residence Florian Rivière. Rivière is an "urban hacker" who sets up games and installations in public places using materials at hand, while inviting all us to claim the right of placemaking in common spaces. (Thanks to the Efroymson Family Fund for its support of Florian's visit from France).
Thanks to your giving, Big Car extends our reach as far as we can--bringing art to people and people to art, transforming lives and communities every day. Your gifts make it happen!
Big Car has enjoyed helping bring a spring full of fun engaging people in outdoor spaces, both at our Service Center for Culture and Community location and in our focus areas on the near southside and downtown.
We recently hosted a Jane Jacobs Walk (on May 4) that took more than 50 people on either a 3 or 6 mile walk from Garfield Park to multiple near-southside neighborhoods. Check out photos from the day here.
We also, on April 27, hosted the local celebration of Neighborday at Service Center. This international initiative to bring neighbors together started with the online design and city-improvement community Good (www.good.is). That day visitors volunteered in our parking lot garden, participated in a home herbalist workshop or made and flew kites. That afternoon, hundreds of bike riders rolled down the middle of blocked-off city streets in Indianapolis Mayor Ballard's Spring Fever Bike Ride. Afterwards, riders hung out at Service Center and sipped some complimentary Sun King beers. Check out pictures from the awesome day here.
Looking forward, we're helping organize a huge day of fun on The Indianapolis Cultural Trail on Saturday, May 11. Called Get Down On It, this is a celebration of the completion of the trail and features multiple contributions from Big Car, including the project that brings multiple local high school marching bands in from around the trail to play Kool and the Gang's "Get Down On It" at City Market. Big Car also helped bring the grown up (sort of) marching band Mucca Pazza to Central Library during the day and later — with Know No Stranger — to White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square. Both are part of the celebration. And Big Car's awesome creative director Andy Fry handled all of the design work for the celebration. We hope to see you there to celebrate with us!
We so much appreciate your support in 2012 and are excited about many opportunities to come this year! Once the weather warms up, we'll be getting back into the city's outdoor public spaces.
As you clearly know as a supporter of our programming, It's better to give than receive.
That simple truth is one all of us at Big Car see as central to what we do. We love giving our time and talent to great causes, we love helping our city, we love saying yes to people and possibilities. Big Car uses the gifts we have to offer - art, creativity and bold ideas - to help build community and make life better. We make smiles. And, most of the time, we don't charge anything. We give away the farm! Happily. Here you go. And we thank you for helping make it possible for us to do this!
In 2013, we'll present even more gifts more to our city with programming at the ever-blossoming Service Center, with new and exciting citywide livability initiatives, and in partnerships with a host of other organizations making great things happen like TEDxIndianapolis and Reconnecting to Our Waterways.
We also would love to have you join us for 5x5: Indianapolis Arts and Innovation, offering a $10,000 prize. You can help pick the winner on Feb. 8 when a panel of judges and the audience will team up to choose the top idea of five presenting five slides in five minutes. The theme is Revolutionize Your City: Art + Technology = Innovation. Presentations will take place at a free public event at Service Center on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Free snacks, cash bar, lots of fun! Big Car and innovative local partners kick-off 5x5, a series of themed idea-pitching events funded by the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund and Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. At each, an idea wins $10,000. Collaborators helping on the event — including with the selection and judging of ideas — include tech, design and startup innovators Dreamapolis, Idea Architects, IndySpectator, KA+A, The Levinson Center, SmallBox, and Verge.The other three 5x5 events — hosted by local nonprofits People for Urban Progress, IndyHub and Harrison Center for the Arts — take place in April, June and September. Host organizations design each unique event, selecting the finalists and handling the judging. The only rules: projects involve the arts; and each event features five finalists, presenting five slides in a maximum of five minutes. The winner at each receives $10,000.
Thanks again for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!