Download a One Sheet about Big Car here.
David Hoppe’s story about Big Car and Service Center in NUVO
Read it here.
Indianapolis Star staff editorial about Service Center
Indianapolis Star column about Service Center by Erika Smith
Indianapolis Star article by Bruce Smith about Service Center
Read it here.
Star column by CICF’s Brian Payne about Big Car, founder Jim Walker
July, 2011 article about Service Center in Indy Monthly
Big Car receiving big support from foundations and companies
The Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization Big Car announced the recent receipt of $50,000 from the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate and $30,000 from the locally based Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. These grants will help Big Car continue its eclectic arts programming in Fountain Square and expand efforts to bring creative experiences to youth and adults across the city.
Big Car also finished 10th in the nationwide Pepsi Refresh grant competition in June. The top 15 receive $25,000 from Pepsi. Big Car will use these funds to further support its efforts at Service Center for Culture and Community in the Lafayette Square area. This space, located in a former Firestone tire center donated by Lafayette Square Mall, will offer creativity classes for kids and adults as well as arts events and programs. Service Center opens to the public with regular hours in August.
Service Center also recently received grants from Indianapolis LISC for new signage and from the Eagledale Lafayette Square Area Weed & Seed for a new creativity and publishing program for young people. For its garden on top of the parking lot at Service Center, Big Car has received sponsorships from PNC Bank, Ursula David Homes, Georgetown Market and New Belgium. In February of this year, Big Car also received a 3-year $50,000-per year commitment from the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF affiliate. Big Car also received an annual operating grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Read the full press release here.
Made for Each Other highlighted in NUVO’s Best of 2010
NUVO’s David Hoppe had these great things to say in his Best of 2010 article about Big Car’s Made for Each Other program. To summarize, he wrote: “(In 2010) Made For Each Other instigated performances, shows, arts actions and other events at a variety of locations not always associated with the arts. In every case, the point was to show how art and artists could connect with people who tend to say that art is for somebody else, engaging these folks in the actual creation of works dealing with where they live. For once Indianapolis appears to be ahead of an arts-related curve. (MFEO’s) emphasis on making a variety of neighborhoods partners and participants in creating works of art shows the way to what could be the Next Big Thing in the arts here: A socially engaged approach that takes the emphasis off of support for artists in favor of putting artists to work in the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout the city.”
Read extended coverage of MFEO in NUVO here.
NUVO Newsweekly selects Big Car for a Cultural Vision Award.
Big Car founder Jim Walker was included in a story about 50 people making an impact in the cultural scene in Indianapolis in the Metromix.
Coverage of Made for Each Other in the Urban Times.
Big Car was written up in NUVO’s best of issue by David Hoppe as “Best Happening”:
Hoppe wrote: “Back in the middle ’90s, the Susurrus Space on Vermont Street was the place to go for the experimental when it came to the arts. I say this without apology: Full disclosure, as they say, my wife ran the joint. But you can ask anybody. Those Rent Parties were amazing. When the Space was forced to close for the sake of redevelopment, Indianapolis lost a place where the new, the outre, the edgy and off-the-wall could call home. Until now. Big Car Gallery in the Murphy Building is that place: an unsafety zone where DaDa, soul and a certain Beat aesthetic meet. Disturbingly wholesome, wholesomely disturbed. It’s a creative impulse that’s so old it’s new. It figures John Clark is there and so is Jim Walker. One night my wife and I were there. Old books about sex and violence were thrust upon us and, along with several other innocent souls, we read from them as part of a fractured chorus. We never do this. We probably never will again. I’m glad we did.
Big Car voted best gallery by NUVO readers in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Finished second to the IMA when galleries and museums were lumped together in 2007 and second to the Stutz in 2009, 2010 and 2011.