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September 10: Big Car Turns 10!

It all started in 2004: a group of artists got together at the Murphy Art Center to begin helping make creative things happen in Indianapolis. A decade later, thanks to all our partners, friends and supporters, Big Car is a thriving non-profit using art to engage community in innovative and exciting ways. Join us Wednesday, Sept. 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. or a retrospective exhibit — called “No Brakes: 10 years of creating vibrant collisions” — and live showcase of eclectic performances from our 10 years, both at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at University of Indianapolis.

Get your ticket to a celebratory dinner that follows at Market Table at The Alexander here. Plan to make an evening of it on the Near Southside of the city. Share the event on Facebook here.

Big Car’s 10th Birthday Celebration is made possible with love from: Harding Poorman / Indy Mod Homes / SmallBox / Buckingham Foundation / Sam Sutphin & Kerry Dinneen / Magnet Films / The Alexander / University of Indianapolis

The retrospective exhibition runs through September 26 and the DeHaan Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and until 9 p.m. on the nights of Thursday, 9/11; Monday, 9/15; Wednesday, 9/17; Thursday, 9/18; ​and Monday, 9/22.


This year’s Best Film for Indianapolis, The Wagon Trail by Short Pants. Genre: Silent film. This year’s prop was a wagon, line of dialogue “somebody has to take out the garbage,” and character Russ or Rita Reklaw, advice columnist.

Announcing the Winners: 48 Hour Film Project!

We’re thrilled to announce the winners from another successful 48 Hour Film Project in Indianapolis. Thanks to all of the participants, our judges, volunteers and partners, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indy Film Fest. We are working on plans for a Best Of screening so everybody can see the films listed below again. Look for details soon on this page and here.

Here are the winners

Best Film: The Wagon Trail (Short Pants)
Runner Up for Best Film: The Russ Reklaw Show (Collective Brain)
Second Runner Up for Best Film: A Real Hotfix (Texiliana)
Audience Award Group A: The Russ Reklaw Show (Collective Brain)
Audience Award Group B: The Wagon Trail (Short Pants)
Best Use of Character: The Russ Reklaw Show (Collective Brain)
Best Use of Prop: Welcome Wagon (Buffoonery Films)
Best Use of Line of Dialogue: Wagon Trail (Short Pants)
Best Use of Genre: A Real Hotfix (Texiliana)
Best Costumes: Hole Technology (LDR Studios)
Best Choreography: League of Lonely Knights (Kind of Epic Films)
Best Sound Design: Going Up (#MadeYouLook48)
Best Musical Score: A Secret Companion (Raving Lunatic Show)
Best Cinematography: Snap Out of It (Dharma)
Best Editing: Going Up (#MadeYouLook48)
Best Writing: The Wagon Trail (Short Pants)
Best Acting: Welfare Kings (The Famous Ape)
Special Acting Award, Young Person: Elsie in Mr. Fix-It (Dinosaur Riders)
Best Directing: The Wagon Trail (Short Pants)


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Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is a project for enlivening public spaces for residents and visitors with performances and live street art. Learn more here. THEME: AiOP-Indy will focus on sharing, openness & accessibility. This year’s theme is FREE. AiOP Indianapolis is brought to you by Big Car, Classical Music Indy, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Delta Faucet Company.

Questions? Email the AiOP-Indianapolis Manager, Charles Stanton, here:email hidden; JavaScript is required.


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. And here’s a feed we set up of assignments people have selected and some they’ve completed. And get your very own Drift Dice, a simplified version of the game you can take with you, here.


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