Bringing art to people and people to art


Pigeons in business suits, throwing corn to passersby. Found sound machines. Hundreds of tiny ticking clocks on a building’s face. These are three of 27 creative interventions built around the them FREE that you’ll see in Art in Odd Places Indianapolis. AiOP, New York City’s annual public art and performance event, brings its first ever installment in Indianapolis to take place along Market Street and around Monument Circle from dawn Friday, Oct. 17 through dusk, Saturday, Oct. 18.

Art in Odd Places in Indianapolis, organized by a coalition of local arts organizations, includes 27 creative works. One third of the artists hail from the Indianapolis area, while the rest are participating from throughout Indiana and as far away as California, New York, Georgia and Germany. Projects include everything from a giant leave-a-penny/take-a-penny tray, to aerial dancing, to an artist drawing on the walls from within a Plexiglas box. All of the projects activate public space, offer engagement for people of all ages, and provide a sense of the unexpected to residents and visitors alike.

The Indianapolis edition of AiOP is the result of a collaboration of Big Car, Classical Music Indy, Arts Council of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Museum of Art, with financial support from Big Car, Delta Faucet, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indy Mod Homes, Downtown Indy, Apparatus IT and KA+A, and promotional support from NUVO and IndyHub. Invite friends via our Facebook event here.

Participating artists or teams include: Brent Aldrich | Lesley Baker | Big Car Collaborative | Luke Crawley and Quincy Owens | Aaron Dysart | Toby Fraley | Kike [KEE - Kay] Olaya | Fol Chen | Freedom Riters | Rory Golden | Terry Hardy | Krista Hoefle | Indianapolis Museum of Art | Know No Stranger | Brent Lehker | Jordan Munson | Brian Muzik | Project in Motion | Satisfixation LLC | Stephanie Nugent | DeMarcus Purham | Brian James Priest | Jagrut Raval | Rural Aesthetic Initiative | Melissa Steckbauer | Joshua Stulen

TEDxIndianapolis returns Oct. 21!


Get tickets, find out about speakers and big ideas, and more here.

Video look at our plans by Kurt Nettleton from No Brakes FUTURE section.

Celebrating our 10th year

It all started in 2004: a group of artists got together at the Murphy Art Center to begin making creative things happen in Indianapolis. A decade later, thanks to amazing partners, friends and supporters, Big Car is a thriving non-profit engaging people through art in innovative ways. You can check out great coverage of our recent celebration and exhibit in NUVO (cover story and sidebar), Sky Blue Window, and The Indianapolis Star (story and photos), and The Art of the Matter on WFYI (our part at about 36 minutes in). And check out our own pictures from the night here.

Big Car’s 10-year celebration and exhibit were made possible with love from: Harding Poorman / Indy Mod Homes / SmallBox / Buckingham Foundation / Sam Sutphin & Kerry Dinneen / Magnet Films / The Alexander / University of Indianapolis

Big Car featured on The Art Assignment on PBS Digital

Play the game created by Jim Walker and Florian Rivière here. Be sure to share your adventures on Twitter. There’s great documentation of what people are doing on The Art Assignment’s blog. Get your very own Drift Dice, a simplified version of the game you can take with you, here.

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