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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.

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.

Announcing Art in Odd Places

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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. The door is open for proposals for the inaugural Indianapolis AiOP Art & Performance Festival October 17-18, 2014, on Market Street from the City Market up to and including Monument Circle (proposals due June 21). AiOP Indianapolis seeks artists of all disciplines, levels of experience, and artistic mediums to propose projects that actively engage and collaborate with the public. We are seeking projects that surprise and invoke a sense of wonder, explore a location’s history, animate unexpected spaces, and most of all encourage the public to see the everyday in a new light. Collaborations and partnerships are welcome.

THEME: AiOP-Indy will focus on sharing, openness & accessibility. This year’s theme is FREE (read more about the theme here).

INFO SESSION: To find out more about AiOP, guidelines, and tips for crafting your proposal, please attend the info session Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 p.m. at Old Indianapolis City Hall, 202 N. Alabama St.

Questions? email hidden; JavaScript is required">Email the AiOP-Indianapolis Manager.

AiOP Indianapolis is brought to you by Big Car, Classical Music Indy, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis, and NoExit Performance.

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