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About Service Center for Culture and Community

At Service Center — our current workshop and demonstration base — we provide opportunities for arts events and learning experiences, making art, feeding the chickens and gardening, perusing and checking out books from our library, using the computer lab with free wi-fi, participating in socially engaged art projects, and viewing work in the gallery. We opened the space as a pop-up intervention in 2011.

We’ve recently learned that the future use of the building has changed and we’ll need to move out. This will happen by June 1 and we’ll soon share news of a new location. We plan to stay in the same neighborhood. Read coverage of this news by Erika Smith of the Indianapolis Star here.

Want to help us with the transition? Volunteer to pack up and move on any of these Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (we may go a lithe later if needed): April 26, May 3, May 10. Lunch provided; no RSVP needed!

In the meantime, Service Center is always open Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for hanging out. And we offer a public meeting every Wednesday at noon at Service Center for anyone who wants to talk about collaborating with Big Car or whatever else. Service Center is located at 3819 Lafayette Rd. on the west side — in front of Shopper’s World and across Lafayette Road from Arby’s. Watch the schedule on this site, e-blasts (which you can sign up for on the left), Facebook and Twitter for the news of other special events at Service Center.

Check out this excellent national coverage of Service Center in this Public Art Review print magazine article, in Atlantic Cities and Idiom. See detailed coverage of Big Car and Service Center in the Indianapolis Business Journal here. Also read an excellent story from the Central Indiana Community Foundation about Service Center and Big Car here and another by Indiana Humanities here.

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Your Big Art Idea Could Equal $10,000!

Before April 27, propose an arts idea that Re:Connect people with each other and our waterways in Indianapolis. On May 8, five finalists will have five minutes and five slides to present their ideas. The winner walks away with $10,000. Details at This series of competitions is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, and the Efroymson Family Fund, with support from Formstack. Attending the April 19 Creative Placemaking Workshop (details below) positions you well to compete in this 5×5 art and ideas competition.

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Become a Creative Placemaker

Launch: Creative Placemaking workshop happens Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eiteljorg Museum and is a time for artists, designers, neighborhood activists, and creative thinkers from all disciplines to learn from national experts on creative placemaking and to get ideas for projects to do here. Presented by Reconnecting to Our Waterways, the workshop is a chance to network and hear about a new $1.35 million Kresge Foundation grant designed to spark artist-led community building projects, especially related to our waterways. RSVP and details here. Free; lunch and parking included.

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