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Help us make art happen!

Help us make art happen!

You can support an exciting lineup of connected projects in Garfield Park knowing that every dollar you give is matched 100 percent! We’re raising funds for opening a community audio studio for WQRT at Listen Hear, expanding our Tube Factory artspace tool shop to lend tools to the community, furthering our community garden efforts with Solful Gardens, and getting the house next to Tube on Cruft Street ready for exhibits by local artists and short-term artist visits and residencies. Click here to go to the campaign and donate. We offer great thank you gifts than range from a supporter party at Tube, to T-shirts, to a custom portrait or poem from one of our artists!

Every dollar you give is matched by IHCDA (Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority). So that means, when we raise $50,000 through Patronicity, we’ll have $100,000 to help us get rolling on all of this work in the Garfield Park Neighbors Association and Bean Creek Neighborhood Association area south of downtown Indianapolis. These funds will be a big start in a larger campaign to launch all of these projects in our home-base neighborhood. Donate today!

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Adaptive reuse art spaces that inspired Tube Factory

Adaptive reuse art spaces that inspired Tube Factory

Before renovating our Tube Factory artspace building, we visited many other adaptive reuse art spaces around the United States. Many of the strategies and approaches we saw informed and inspired our approach at Tube Factory. This post explores these places. We suggest trying to visit them if you can.
 
In the Midwest
MOCAD in Detroit https://mocadetroit.org
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Scale it up at TEDxIndianapolis

On April 25, 2017 movers, shakers and placemakers from all over Indiana and the world will speak at TEDxIndianapolis, a locally organized conference that aims to celebrate and share Big Ideas. The theme of TEDxIND 2017 is Scale it Up, and will focus on how ideas can expand, replicate, multiply, and drive positive change. The day will be divided into four sessions, as follows:

Session 1: Starting Points

  • Cara Courage on Placemaking and Community
  • Natalie Schneider on Innovation Going from Zero to One
  • Dr. Zaneta Thayer follows on Epigenetics and Cultural Anthropology, and Stress
  • James Veitch (prerecorded)
  • an interactive performance by Justin Wade of Young Actors Theater
  • Carlos Gutierez on how Latin America became an International Epicenter of Cinema.

Session 2: Representation

  • Performance by Oreo Jones
  • Rodney Foxworth on Why We Need to Combat the Growing Racial Wealth Chasm
  • Jamila Raquib on The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance (prerecorded)
  • Joyce and John Moore of the Urban Patch on Informal Scalability of Organic Farming in an Urban Context
  • Maryori Duarte-Sheffield of the Immigrant Welcome Center
  • Naomi Tsu of the Southern Poverty Law Center who asks the key question of "Did I Get Here Legally?
  • TED Fellow Keolu Fox on the need for More Diversity in Genetic Research (prerecorded)

Session 3: Young and Old, Public and Private

  • performance from Caldwell/Tester
  • Kristin Van Busum on Why Allyship is the New Leadership
  • Justin Wade on Youth Empowerment Through Art
  • Jean Makesh on Disrupting Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • David Harris of the Mind Trust on Urban Education Reform
  • Wanda Legrand on the role of Interpreters Bridging Art and Public Education

Session 4: The Data of Power and the Power of Data

  • Jay Hermacinski of MISO on The Power Grid – Innovation Driving an Electrical Revolution
  • Santosh Mathan on scaling artificial intelligence to be more adaptable
  • Rob Knight on How Microbes Make Us Who We Are (prerecorded)
  • Kevin Desouza on Simple Solutions to Scale Intrapreneurship
  • William Mougayar on What You Need To Know about the Blockchain Economy
  • performance by Derek Johnson

Find more information about this event at TEDxIndianapolis’ offical website, and get tickets here.

 

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Four years of Indy City Futbol

We’re excited to announce that Big Car project Indy City Futbol will be kicking off its fourth season on May 17, 2017. The league functions both as a recreational soccer league and a means of building community across Indianapolis’s urban districts. Co-ed teams are determined by neighborhood, and stamped with tongue-and-cheek crests modeled after traditional European football clubs. Teams compete in 12 games throughout the summer, vying for the league trophy and 365 days of bragging rights.

However, there is a FIFA-unregulated twist: league teams can earn extra points to help their standings through works of positive citizenship such as carpooling, walking, or biking to games, as well as volunteering in their neighborhood as a team. This ensures camaraderie not only on the pitch, but in the city in general.

To that end, Indy City Futbol along with partners Indy Eleven and Holladay Properties is giving back this season by purchasing new soccer goals at Central Greens Field, the  league’s home field.

Learn more about Indy City Futbol on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Check out media coverage of our artist housing project

We’ve received really excellent media coverage of our new Artist and Public Life Residency program launched in March of 2017 with the first round of applications that came in during April of 2017. Read and watch more here.

national articles
Washington Post 
Next City
Fast Company
Vice Creators
Modern Cities
Curbed 
The Guardian

local coverage
Indianapolis Business Journal
WISHTV
FOX 59
WFYI Live
Indianapolis Star

blogs
Urban Land Institute
IndyHub

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Meet Diana, our board president

Meet Diana, our board president

Big Car Collaborative is pleased to announce the latest in a long line of excellent leaders for our nonprofit board with Diana Hartley Mutz. She follows Ursula David, Craig McCormick, and Anne Laker as the previous three Big Car board presidents.

A philanthropist and longtime supporter of the arts, Diana is the youngest of eight children and was born and raised on the east side of Indianapolis. During her youth, Diana yearned to be Marcia Brady. A goat mistook her waist-length blonde locks for a tasty snack. And one of her brothers grew marijuana in the back yard of the family home. A prostitute with a heart of gold lived across the street. And a pornographer with a heart of stone lived down the alley.

As you can probably tell, Diana’s upbringing was not all smooth sailing. However, she discovered a love for playing the flute in high school and knows that this exposure to art transformed her life, allowing her to become who she is today. That’s why she sees Big Car as such an important organization and is incredibly honored to be president of the board for the next two years.

Big Car transforms lives by bringing art to people and people to art, which is exactly what happened to Diana. After graduating from Howe High School, Diana received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from I.U. Kelley School of Business. She is the proud mother of two quasi-adult children, Fletcher and Lucy, and she lives with her doting husband, Howard Schrott.

In her free time, Diana enjoys practicing Pilates (although her back occasionally gives out no matter how much core strength she gains), and walking her dog — a miniature dachshund, Tina Fey, who is constantly struggling to lose those last two pounds.

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Tindley Prep Poetry Reading

Tindley Prep Poetry Reading

Students from Tindley Preparatory Academy held homage to black artists at Tube Factory on January 16, 2017 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Teacher Tasha Jones brought a group of 40 8th graders from the all-boys middle school to the artspace for a poetry reading and celebration of culture.

Before the event, each Tindley student was assigned to write about their personal experiences in the form of an “I am” poem, which they shared in front of family and Tindley faculty members at Tube. The poems explored topics like identity, inner peace, and discovering self-worth. The poems varied in tone and structure but showed strong sense of pride – the boys were confident in what they wrote and were happy to share their poetry with the audience.

After the reading, students and community members learned more about the Civil Rights Movement through sharing other poetry and open discussion. Much of the day centered around  writer Mari Evans – one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement, longtime Indianapolis resident, and subject of Carl Pope’s exhibit in the Tube gallery.

To remember the field trip, the students’ poems from the day were later hung up in their classroom surrounding a picture of Mari, seen below. See more pictures from this event here.

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Resident Gallery: LUSH, curated by Nick Witten

Resident Gallery: LUSH, curated by Nick Witten

Transforming the Artist House next to Tube Factory into a gallery, nine artists explored subjects that both terrify and fascinate them. Installations, sculpture, and photography transfigured the unconventional space into a series of visionary experiences curated by local artist Nick Witten. Though LUSH included the work of nine artists, the unique voice and style of each converged in themes of trauma, identity, memory and personal narrative that ebbed and flowed throughout the show.

“My goal was to bring work that dealt with subject matter and used mediums that I had not seen represented in Indiana much,” Witten said of his choice of artists. “Subject matter such as body politics and identity based art work and mediums like video, digitally rendered imagery, and performance. I also wanted to bring in young, non-Indiana based artist to the Indiana art scene.”

The nine artists whose work was displayed (Katie Shroeder, Monica Sandoval, Steve Moore, Brent Lehker, Philip Košćak, Clare Gatto, Emily Freese, and Eric Broz) had a few things to say about what they included in the show and their artist process as a whole, which can be read about here.

Witten finished to say he felt like a lot of the work show reflected contemporary issues and conversations on a national scale compared to what he generally sees from local emerging artists. See documentation of the gallery here.

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2016 in review: The power of placemaking

2016: The Power of Placemaking from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

A look back at a very exciting year of art, placemaking, and creative community building by the team at Big Car Collaborative in Indianapolis. Video by staff videographer Kurt Nettleton. Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported our work this year!

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Jessica Kartawich’s Dear Somebody

On Friday, December 2 at Listen Hear, 21 year old Herron School of Art and Design student Jessica Kartawich displayed her original piece Dear Somebody, an audio piece that revolves around the motif of loss. Kartawich’s art includes a recording of someone telling their story of loss in each corner of the room. When standing in the middle of the room, the sorrow of each story overlaps and intermingles. However, if the listener interacts with the piece and walks to each corner of the room they can hear each story of loss individually. Kartawich recommended doing this first and then sitting in the center of the room and listening to the stories all at once.

Dear Somebody provided an outlet for those who have experienced loss to find solace with and connect to others by accepting rolling submissions of writing or audio from viewers’ personal experiences of grief, reflecting the ever changing emotions which surround the different losses human beings suffer. This documentation of “emotional residue” provides a layer of subtle solidarity to the participatory work.

“I feel like my art lately has been kind of introspective. Whether that’s labels people put on me, how I think of myself and my own identity, or something that has happened in my life that I feel like has had an effect on me, my strongest work comes from a personal place. As far as what I do when I create art, I don’t know how to answer that one. I just try and figure out how I feel about the subject and how I want other people to feel about it and how I can achieve that.” – Jessica Kartawich (Herron Photography Club)

See more from this event here.