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Share A Story or Share Your Story-new community projects with Adam Rakestraw

Share A Story or Share Your Story-new community projects with Adam Rakestraw

Hello Community! 

Big Car Collaborative’s resident researcher and placemaker, Adam Rakestraw, is working on two community projects that needs your attention and support! 

The first arts project, The Lockerbie Story Project, is a continuous fictional story made from the imagination of individuals and a typewriter in public space. The project seeks to reanimate the art of storytelling by asking participants to imagine, world-build, and write! The project is an intimate way to reconnect to the long tradition of storytelling and myth by writing on a Royal Epoch typewriter in the middle of Lockerbie Square in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rather it is only a line or a paragraph, each participant sets the next scenario, describes the situations, or just rambles on by reading the previous lines of a total stranger. Yet the fundamental of storytelling are ever present. It’s a form of social engagement and interaction typically with no conclusion, as it’s the journey that matters. 

The Lockerbie Story project takes place every Thursday 11-1:00pm in Lockerbie Square next to Needlers Fresh Market,320 N New Jersey St. It runs from late August to November. You can also take part at Tube Factory artspace on Mondays. Once the story reaches an end-point, it will be translated to become a graphic zine emailed to all participants. Come be apart of the project! 

The second community project is the Garfield Park Porch Project,  which highlights stories and memories about neighborhood change from the perspective of Garfield Park residents, -especially long term residents. And all from the comfort of their front porch!

To continue on the dialogue emerging from the film, The Florida Project, the porch project attempts to play on various underlying themes present from the film, -disenfranchisement, wonder, utopianism, joy, underrepresentation, marginalization, and facade. Like in The Florida Project, The Porch Project ultimately seeks to be a continuous challenge to the modern, “American Dream” national narrative present in the U.S. As The Porch Project is set to capture an ethos of the neighborhood from the perspective of residents currently facing a demographic shift in the area.

The Porch Project discussions will run from August until November, with a exhibition date for February. Any willing resident of the Garfield Park neighborhood is encouraged to reach out!  

If you’d like to be apart of either project, you can contact Adam at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Bio: 

Adam obtained his Master of Arts degree in the Netherlands from Universiteit Utrecht in Art and Society. He is also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Fine Art, Anthropology, and Art History from University of Southern Indiana. Located in his hometown, Evansville, Indiana. 

The research topics Adam focuses on include creative cities, creative economies, and arts activism. Six years experience as a creative producer and researcher in the Arts & Culture and Urban Development sectors. He researches on European Arts policies with think-tank EUrArt, alongside being an artist, writer, academic, and creative cities developer. As of Spring 2018 he was accepted into Winchester School of Art, U.K. for his Ph.D research into creative city development and will join the school in Fall 2019. 

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Sunny Side Up: Building Community Through Food and Friendly Fowls

Sunny Side Up: Building Community Through Food and Friendly Fowls

Here at Big Car Collaborative we’re preparing to expand our Garfield Park base of operations with a new crowdfunding campaign. Sunny Side Up: Building Community Through Food and Friendly Fowls is our second undertaking with with Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program (IHCDA). And we need your help!

“We know that one of the best ways to bring people together is with food,” says Big Car CEO and Lead Artist Jim Walker. “Our Garfield Park neighborhood currently offers little in the way of spaces with food and drink where people of all ages can gather. Still, our neighbors – including several of our staff artists – strongly support the weekly farmer’s market, and food trucks and art vendors at our monthly First Friday night market. So we’re very excited to expand the idea of an arts-based cafe culture that brings more people together informally.”

Our vision includes an artist-built “Chicken Chapel of Love” that will serve as a wedding and meditation space, and as a hangout for our growing flock of chickens. Inside the Tube, we’re making plans for a social kitchen and a serving space. Sunny Side Up will further enhance our calendar with free programs about food, nutrition, and urban agriculture.

“We’ll work with artists who working with food as part of their social practice, visiting chefs and other restaurant partners to prepare community meals together,” says Walker. “Plus we’ll build an iconic home for our chickens that doubles as a one-of-a-kind piece of functional public art.”

Our goal is to raise $50,000 via the crowdfunding platform Patronicity by October 19, 2018. Once we reach our goal, IHCDA will provide a matching grant bringing the total amount of funding for Sunny Side Up to $100,000. “This means that, if you donate $100, we receive $200,” says Walker. “And, in the end, we’ll have collected a transformational $100,000 to further build community through food and drink.”

Rewards – including original chicken art from Big Car staff artists, and invitations to special events and happenings – are available at every level of support. But if we don’t collect $50,000 by October 19, then we receive nothing. “With everyone’s help,” says Walker, “we know we can do this!”

To learn more and become a supporter of Sunny Side Up, visit patronicity.com/sunnysideup. We’re also accepting cash donations at Tube Factory or Listen Hear.  To make donations by check, make payable to Big Car Collaborative, include “Sunny Side Up Campaign” in the memo line, and mail to:

Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203

For more information, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required or stop by the Tube Factory.

 

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Calls for Artists!!

Calls for Artists!!

Call for Artist-in-Residence and Artist-led projects at Indianapolis City Market

DEADLINE :  

Spark City Market, a partnership between Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative’s Spark Placemaking program — with funding from a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant — seeks an artist-in-residence to develop, facilitate, and engage in place-based programming. This will happen over five months in the remainder of 2018 at City Market with a start in August. The artist in-residence will work to bring engaging, interactive art experiences to people at this public place and further the partnership’s focus on social cohesion and community resiliency. Some of this work will happen in connection with social services partners such as Horizon House, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), and the YMCA at City Market.

Project Description
Spark City Market – Heart of the Community is a placemaking effort for public spaces in downtown Indianapolis, supported by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces in partnership with Indianapolis City Market. In 2016, Spark Placemaking partnered with City Market to plan and test ways to revitalize the market’s East Plaza into active public space. In 2017, they began implementing a plan that includes free games, various community and artist-led art activities, and multiple successful public events. This year, Big Car and City Market are continuing efforts to make Indianapolis City Market an even more active and inclusive space. The artist-in-residence will join in making this happen.

Project Goals & Criteria
The City Market Artist-in-residence will be expected to spend 10-15 hours per week (mostly on-site) for 20 weeks developing and facilitating ongoing programs or one-time events related to Indianapolis City Market. This work may focus on things like food, international cultural experiences, and community meals that bring diverse people together. Successful projects and programs should achieve some (if not all) of the following:

  • Connect people of all backgrounds and involve them in art and creativity
  • Add aspects of art and culture to existing events such as the weekly Farmer’s Market
  • Establish deeper social connections with and between the wide variety of citizens who
    utilize City Market and form its community
  • Strengthen relationships/develop programming with immigrants and refugees,
    underserved low-income residents, and the homeless population
  • Build and foster relationships with Downtown neighbors in the area

Location
Indianapolis City Market (222 E Market St) interior and exterior spaces.

  • Artist Eligibility
  • An Indianapolis-based artist is preferred, but it is not required.
  • Open to artists of all mediums and practices.
  • Open to artist teams and solo artists.
  • Open to professional artists and students.
  • Artists who have experience interacting with diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Artists with an interest in socially engaged approaches and social practice art are encouraged to apply.

Compensation
$5,000 + materials/supplies budget and staff assistance/support

Proposal Requirements
Please submit (1) a statement of interest, (2) resume or short biography, (3) any audio or visual representations of your art practice, and (4) a description of a proposed project/activity to Elizabeth Nash at email hidden; JavaScript is required ​by 5 pm on Friday, Aug. 3​.

Project Timeline
Application Deadline: August 3 at 5 pm
Artist Selection/Notification: August 10, 2018
Project Start Date: August 2018
Project End Date: January 2018
Hours per Week: 10-15

Spark Placemaking 2018 Call for Artists

DEADLINE :  

COMPENSATION:  $100-$200 for a 1-2 hour engagement.  Materials and supplies plus staff support are also provided.

DEADLINE:  Applications will be taken on a rolling basis from July through November 2018 with engagements scheduled for a date shortly after application.

Project Description
The Spark team collaborates with communities who invite Spark in to work with them to test and implement approaches for people-focused public places and streets. Led by artists, planners, and active citizens, Spark works to foster connectivity, community, culture, and creativity through engagement-based arts activities. This year, Spark continues its efforts to make Indianapolis public places more active and inclusive.

Activity Goals & Criteria
A successful arts-based activity/performance — which can be one-time or a series — does not need to include all of these goals, but should include some.

  • Connect people of all backgrounds and involve them in art and creativity
  • Add aspects of art and culture to existing events
  • Involve learning and story/knowledge sharing and gathering
  • Be family friendly/all ages, but not watered down or for kids only
  • Establish deeper social connections with and between the wide variety of citizens who utilize these public spaces
  • Strengthen relationships/develop programming with immigrants and refugees, underserved orlow-income residents, and the homeless population
  • Build and foster relationships with Downtown neighbors in the area
  • Be inexpensive to produce

Location
These artist-led activities are focused on, but not limited to, Indianapolis City Market (222 E Market St), Garfield Park (2432 Conservatory Dr), and/or Lockerbie Marketplace (333 N Alabama St).

Artist Eligibility

  • Artists can be from all genres including performance, craft, etc.
  • Indianapolis-based artists are preferred, but it is not required.
  • Open to professional artists and students.
  • Open to artist teams, bands, solo performers, and solo artists. (teams will be paid at the higher rate for the team)
  • Artists who have experience interacting with community are encouraged to apply.
  • Open to all art mediums and practices.
  • 18 years or older, or with permission of a parent or guardian.

Proposal Requirements
Please submit (1) a statement of interest, (2) resume or short biography, (3) any audio or visual representations of your art practice, (4) a description of your proposed project/activity, and (5) a simple project budget to Elizabeth Nash at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis (July through November of 2018). Spark staff will work with you to identify a specific time and space for your project, if accepted. Expect to receive a reply from Spark staff within five days. Communication will be via email.

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How To Get To Us During Construction

How To Get To Us During Construction



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Let’s celebrate transit

Let’s celebrate transit

IndyGo’s Red Line will run from UIndy north through downtown to Broad Ripple, connecting several neighborhoods, major employers and cultural institutions with frequent, comfortable rapid transit service. Throughout most of the day, buses will arrive every 10 minutes, and the Red Line will operate for 20 hours each day, seven days a week. Construction of stations and other improvements to streets, crosswalks, and sidewalks near the stations begins this summer. Check out the plans here.

As artists working with Transit Drives Indy and the Arts Council of Indianapolis — recipients of a Cultural Corridor Consortium grant through Transportation for America — our goals are to gather input, share information, test creative ideas, and bring people together at future Red Line stops in our southside neighborhoods.

We’re also hosting pop-up events at stops in our South Indianapolis neighborhoods. One happened on First Friday on May 4 at Southern and Shelby in partnership with the University of Indianapolis Social Practice Art graduate program. Details here. The second is an outdoor movie screening in partnership with Public House Cinema at Safeway at the Raymond stop area. We’ll be showing the transit-related animation “My Neighbor Totoro” after a short film of Evel Knievel jumping buses on his motorcycle. Two more pop-up events will follow at La Luz Del Mundo at Carson and Shelby just north of Troy on May 19 from 12-2 p.m. and June 23 at the University of Indianapolis near the Hanna stop.

Would you like to help us gather input? Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required your answers to these three questions below.

1. What do you know or believe about The Red Line?

2. What do you want to know, or what information should be shared more with people (maybe out in a public place) about The Red Line project — maybe even during construction?

3. What places should be highlighted within walking distance of station locations for neighbors and visitors? (In South Indianapolis, stations will be located along Shelby Street at Pleasant Run, Raymond, Southern, Troy and Hanna.

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From the Middle West to the Middle East

From the Middle West to the Middle East

It’s 11 p.m. and I’m walking on a palm-tree lined, landscaped path along the water. The air smells of jasmine and the ocean, one sometimes overpowering the other. Numerous boats made of wood and lined with lights, each one different playing club music, over ten skyscrapers lit with various colors, brighten and dim, seemingly moving with the music and waves of the sea.

People are picnicking and exercising. Children are playing at state of the art playground, bushes are pruned into green castle like shapes throughout the park. Workers are setting up temporary structures for an upcoming food festival. Couples, friends, families sit at cafes. And I overhear laughter, conversations full of words I don’t understand. I hold up my iPhone and snap a selfie, not sure if it should focus on the beauty of the city or the sea. And I am also struck by the fact that I’m standing by myself, a woman, alone in Doha, Qatar on the Persian Gulf walking the 4.29 mile long Corniche.

I was in 7th grade when the Persian Gulf War started. I didn’t understand it. I had two uncles going to serve. When they came back, they met my questions with silence and a long stare making it clear, there are some things you don’t ask or speak about.

And being a woman, watching and reading all the various news sources over the years, I was sure I’d be uncomfortable and feel judged by the public being a western woman. I thought of the entire region as a dangerous. I came to Doha with certain ideas, certain expectations. None were true. Except for the one that led me to go in the first place. This is, that despite our differences, people are — overall — innately good and we all want the same things.

Over the next several days I worked with Isabelle St. Louis and her team on the Mari Evans: Carl Pope exhibition. I met and talked with Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar students, alumni, faculty, artists, expats, my driver who took me every morning from the hotel to the university, and an Egyptian vendor at the Souq Waqif.

I didn’t do much sightseeing in other places because I wanted to know the city as much as I could. There are over 2.69 million versions of Doha, all known by the people living there. Over the next few days, I’ll write bits about the people I met.

Shauta Marsh

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Tube exports exhibit to Qatar

Tube exports exhibit to Qatar

Big Car-commissioned collaboration Carl Pope: Mari Evans opens this week in Qatar

Indianapolis — Big Car Collaborative is sharing the work of Indianapolis artists on the world stage as an exhibit commissioned and co-curated by the nonprofit arts organization travels to Qatar this week. The exhibit — inspired by and co-created with Indianapolis poet Mari Evans — will be on display at the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Doha starting March 16.

Carl Pope: Mari Evans, which opened at Tube Factory artspace in 2016, honors the life and legacy of Evans — an Indianapolis-based poet, writer, and artist. She died just over a year ago at age 97. Shauta Marsh, director of programs and exhibitions at Tube Factory, worked with Indianapolis-based artist Carl Pope and Evans herself to curate the multifaceted exhibit.

Virginia Commonwealth University brought Marsh to Qatar to attend the opening, share with students and others about the work and tour Doha, a city known for its focus on art. “I’m excited that Mari’s legacy continues,” says Tube Factory artspace Director of Programming and exhibitons. “I am especially thankful to Carl Pope whose work and application of Mari’s ideas in his work, and that of Carl’s twin sister, Karen Pope‘s writing, translates so well to an international audience. Few artists can do that.”

Big Car Collaborative designer Andy Fry collaborated with Pope on the wall-sized text pieces related to Evans’s book of essays, Clarity as Concept: A Poet’s Perspective. The exhibit also features photographs highlighting the history of black culture in Indianapolis, portraits of Evans, and video from The Black Experience television program produced by Evans in the 1970s. 

Evans, one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement and longtime Indianapolis resident, published her first work “Where Is All the Music” in 1968 followed by “I Am a Black Woman” in 1970. During this time, Evans also worked as a producer, writer, and director of “The Black Experience” (1968-1973) — a history documentary that aired on prime time in Indianapolis.
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The Artist as Problem Solver: Joyce Foundation convening

The Artist as Problem Solver: Joyce Foundation convening

The Artist as Problem Solver:
Recognizing the Role of the Artist in Civic Life & Sustainability
The Joyce Foundation 2018 Creative Placekeeping/Placemaking Summit

March 1 & 2, 2018
Hosted by Big Car Collaborative
at Tube Factory artspace

This is a free workshop. You are welcome to attend.

Click here for a PDF of the full schedule for download or viewing (text also below).

Bios of speakers are found here.

SCHEDULE—THURSDAY, MARCH 1

4:00p Registration & Refreshments in Resource Center
5:00p Opening Session
Welcome: Jim Walker, CEO & Lead Artist, Big Car Collaborative
The Artist as Problem Solver: Tracie D. Hall, Culture Program Director, The Joyce Foundation

Keynote Conversation: Artists & Arts Organizers as Community Builders
Carol Bebelle, Executive Director, Ashe Cultural Center, New Orleans
LaShawnda Crowe-Storm, Artist, Indianapolis

Moderated by Juana Guzman & Roy Priest, Arts & Community Development Consultants

6:00p Focus on Indianapolis Creative Placekeepers/Placemakers
Phyllis Boyd, Groundwork Indy
Jarrod Dortch, Solful Gardens
Oreo Jones, Big Car Collaborative Listen Hear & WQRT Radio
Kavita Mahoney, IndyParks
Cari Morales, LISC Indianapolis
Moderated by Jim Walker, Big Car Collaborative

6:45p Reception & Artists’ Performances
Featuring Abegunde (poetry), Clint Breeze (drums), & Lauren Curry (dance)
7:15p Dinner & Small Group Discussion
8:30p Adjourn

SCHEDULE—FRIDAY, MARCH 2

8:15a Registration & Continental Breakfast in Resource Center
9:00a Opening Session
Welcome: Jim Walker, CEO & Lead Artist, Big Car Collaborative
Placekeeping As Manifesto: Tracie D. Hall, Culture Program Director, The Joyce Foundation

Creative Placekeeping National Case Studies (Pecha Kucha Style)
Diop Adisa, Kheprw Institute, Indianapolis
Justin Moore, NYC Dept. of City Planning & Urban Patch, Indianapolis
Tracy Taft, Curley School, Ajo, AZ
DaHuang Zhou, Artist, Chicago
Moderated by Elka Gotfryd, Project for Public Spaces, NYC

10:30a Break
10:45a Practitioners’ Introductions Lightning Round.
Attendees have 1 minute to introduce themselves & the focus of their work
Moderated by Shauta Marsh, Big Car Collaborative

12:00p Open Technology/Working Lunch
Attendees organize around primary or secondary interests in groups of 10 or less.

1:15p Concurrent Workshops: Creative Placemaking/Placekeeping
Case Studies Round 1

Session A: Focus on Chicago, Cincinnati, & Cleveland
Chicago: Tonika Lewis Johnson, Artist & Community Organizer
Cleveland: Daniel Gray Kontar, Twelve Literary Arts
Cincinnati: Eric Avner & Megan Trischler, People’s Liberty; Linnea Gartin, ArtWorks
Moderated by Juana Guzman & Roy Priest, Arts & Community Development Consultants

Session B: Focus on Indianapolis & Minneapolis-St. Paul
Indianapolis: Mark Latta, Marian University; Joyce Moore, Urban Patch; Carmen Lethig, IHCDA; Keith Wildstyle Paschall, The Learning Tree; Derrin Slack, ProAct Indy
Minneapolis-St. Paul: Peter Haakon Thompson, Springboard for the Arts
Moderated by Kevin McKelvey, University of Indianapolis Social Practice Art program
2:15p Break

2:30p Concurrent Workshops: Creative Placemaking/Placekeeping
Case Studies Round 2

Session C: Focus on Chicago, Cincinnati, & Cleveland
Chicago: Tonika Lewis Johnson, Artist & Community Organizer
Cleveland: Daniel Gray Kontar, Twelve Literary Arts
Cincinnati: Eric Avner & Megan Trischler, People’s Liberty; Linnea Gartin, ArtWorks
Moderated by Juana Guzman & Roy Priest, Arts & Community Development Consultants

Session D: Focus on Indianapolis & Minneapolis-St. Paul
Indianapolis: Justin Ferguson, Ball State University; Paige Sharp, Indiana Arts Commission; Ash Robinson, Artist; Jingo De La Rosa, Artist; Drew Klacik, IU Public Policy Institute
Minneapolis-St. Paul: Peter Haakon Thompson, Springboard for the Arts
Moderated by Danicia Malone, Artist
3:30p Break

3:45p Spotlight Panel: Working at the Systems Level—Conversation with City of Indianapolis Planners & Designers
Andre Denman, Parks & Greenways Planner
Jamison Hutchins, Bike & Pedestrian Coordinator
Katie Robinson, Director, Office of Sustainability
Nathan Sheets, Transportation Engineer
Eduardo Luna, Artist, Big Car Collaborative
Moderated by Jim Walker, Big Car Collaborative

4:15p Closing Session: Placekeeping & Community Building—What We Said & What We Do Next
Responses from attendees (one from each city represented)
Facilitated by DeAmon Harges, The Roving Listener
4:45p Closing
Planning Team: Juana Guzman, Tracie D. Hall, Roy Priest, & Jim Walker

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lockerbie Marketplace

lockerbie Marketplace

Lockerbie Night Market from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

In October 2017, our Indianapolis Spark Placemaking crew teamed up with CitiMark and Gershman Partners to bring short-term public programming to the Lockerbie Marketplace small park area between Alabama, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont streets in the heart of Downtown. This previously underutilized green space is surrounded by a grocery store and other office and retail spaces and is located just off of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

In addition to bringing this pop-up public space to the general public, our staff was testing ideas to help inform long-term use of the green space. Through this testing period, Big Car staff members spent up to four hours every weekday out at the space, testing placemaking ideas, hosting pop-up programming, and keeping up with games (ping pong, foosball, cornhole chess and checkers) — all while observing and collecting data. We then are able to share insights and ideas on long-term ways to design and program the space to benefit the public and others who work and live nearby and visit this area.

For the entire month of October, our Spark Placemkaing staff led by our Placemaker and Planner in Residence, Amber Janzen, offered special programming — like live music, yoga, a night market (in the video above), an outdoor film night and more. These were all free to the public.

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Thanks for helping us meet our CreatINg Places match!

Thanks for helping us meet our CreatINg Places match!

We want to thank our individual donors who helped us with a successful campaign this fall to raise funds matched by the IHCDA CreatINg Places program with the State of Indiana. This campaign — which brought in $50,000 from donors matched by $50,000 from IHCDA — is supporting improvements underway to Tube, Listen Hear, and our artist residency house and grounds. Many donated anonymously and we aren’t listing their names.

The Netherliegh Fund, Diana Mutz and Howard Schrott, Impact 100 Justin Stuehrenberg, Emily Scott, Dan Elliott and Stef Krevda, Jacquelyn Nolen, Thomas Battista, Sheri Hacker, Kipp Normand, Edmund Mahern, Robin Hedge, Mary Sauer, Alex Toumey, Jeb Banner, Emily Watson, Lynn Hammond, Andrew Quinn, Jole Kelley, Amber Ross, Ann W. King, Taylor Martin, Brenda Barker, Connie Christofanelli, Joel Hammond, Jill Willey, Becky and Ken Honeywell, Mark Nagle, Gloria Mallah, Stephen Williams, Laura Dahlem, Andrea Liebross, Ashley Brooks, Lynné Colbert, Gina Rakers, Lauren Ditchley, Frank Sauer, Julia Whitehead, Russell Clemens, Susan Haber, Sarah Powers, Neil Ahrendt, Perry and Michelle Griffith, Andrew Howard, Marilyn Gatin, Geoffrey Lapin, Holly and Matt Sommers, Stanley Kiwor, David Yosha, JD Schuyler, Murphy Mahaffey, Tracy Wolfe, Anne Laker, Eric and Katie Williams, Ben and Connie Berg, Kelly Brown, Matt Krack, Katie Carlson, Ursula David, Aryn & Nick Schounce/Zuckerman, Mary Jane Mahern, The RoundUps, Megan Briscoe Fernandez, Jane Alexander, neighbors and friends from our fundraiser (85 patrons), Anthony Mahern, Rok Cerne, Robert Peoni, Amy Peddycord, Sun King, Katie Robinson, Sharon Adams, Donna Jacobsen, Jon Rangel, Marc Allan, Rose Shingledecker, Peggy Herrod, Scott Hall, Abraham Martinez, Jen Peden, Chad Duran, Jim & Linda Simmons, Jordan Updike, Jeremy Shubrook, Shauta Marsh and Jim Walker.

Learn more about this ongoing work here:

Garfield Park Creative Community — an overview 2017 from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.