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Shop Safety and Orientation Part II

Shop Safety and Orientation Part II

Shop Safety and Orientation II is the second installment that will cover basic and safe use of the jointer, planer, and table saw.

This 2-hour class will act as a refresher or as an orientation to our specific equipment models. Limited hands-on practice will accompany the demonstrations.

A few things to note:

*Pre-requisites: Shop Safety and Orientation I.

*If you are new to the table saw, jointer, and planer, please take Woodworking I which will cover these machines more in depth and include more hands-on practice.

*Open to ages 16+. For those 16-18, plan to have a parent/guardian on-site for waiver signatures.

*Class size is limited, so register early.

*$75

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Woodworking I – Dimensioning Lumber

Woodworking I – Dimensioning Lumber

Woodworking I is an introduction to dimensioning wood- how to take rough sawn lumber and turn them into usable boards.

This 3-hour class will include demonstrations and discussion on wood selection, local suppliers, as well as limited hands-on practice with sample material at the end of the class.

Afew things to note:

*Pre-requisites: Shop Safety and Orientation Part I.

*Woodworking I covers these machines more in depth and includes more hands-on practice than Shop Safety and Orientation II. If you are totally new to the table saw, and jointer, this class is for you.

*Open to ages 16+. For those 16-18, plan to have a parent/guardian on-site for waiver signatures.

*$75

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Ramps, Steps and Rails

Ramps, Steps and Rails

Ramps, steps, and rails are important things for homeowners and skateboarders alike to know how to make. At Bottom Level Tool Shop you can learn how to make these over a series of classes and be part of a small crew who’ll help neighbors in need.

During the class you’ll build small skate and home items for Tube and elsewhere. By taking the class, offered free in exchange for your help, we’ll supply wood and hardware needed so you can also take what you make home for your own mini skate park or maybe to help around your house or the house of a neighbor of your choosing.

This class requires the prerequeisite Shop Safety class offered in the morning before this class. Shop safety usually has a cost but this is waived, also, with your commitment to help with this summer community home repair project we’re piloting at Big Car Collaborative with support from INHP.

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Shop Safety and Orientation Part I

Shop Safety and Orientation Part I

Shop Safety and Orientation I is an introduction to The Shop at the Tube Factory Artspace. This 2-hour class will cover basic and safe use of standard stationary machinery, which includes: miter saw, band saw, and drill press.
A few things to note:
*No prior shop experience is necessary; however, this class is required before taking any woodworking classes using Open Shop hours. It is also a prerequisite for Shop Safety and Orientation II.
*Open to ages 16+. For those 16-18, plan to have a parent/guardian on-site for waiver signatures.
*Class size is limited, so register early.
*a $25 fee is obtained for this class on the day of class, however (fee waived if taken in conjunction with Steps, Ramps and Rails/home repair project class)
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Woodworking I – Dimensioning Lumber

Woodworking I – Dimensioning Lumber

Woodworking I is an introduction to dimensioning wood- how to take rough sawn lumber and turn them into usable boards.

This 3-hour class will include demonstrations and discussion on wood selection, local suppliers, as well as limited hands-on practice with sample material at the end of the class.

Afew things to note:

*Pre-requisites: Shop Safety and Orientation Part I.

*Woodworking I covers these machines more in depth and includes more hands-on practice than Shop Safety and Orientation II. If you are totally new to the table saw, and jointer, this class is for you.

*Open to ages 16+. For those 16-18, plan to have a parent/guardian on-site for waiver signatures.

*$75

For more information or inquiries, please contact Brent at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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Woodworking I – Dimensioning Lumber

Woodworking I – Dimensioning Lumber

Woodworking I is an introduction to dimensioning wood- how to take rough sawn lumber and turn them into usable boards.

This 3-hour class will include demonstrations and discussion on wood selection, local suppliers, as well as limited hands-on practice with sample material at the end of the class.

A few things to note:

*Pre-requisites: Shop Safety and Orientation Part I.

*Woodworking I covers these machines more in depth and includes more hands-on practice than Shop Safety and Orientation II. If you are totally new to the table saw, and jointer, this class is for you.

*Open to ages 16+. For those 16-18, plan to have a parent/guardian on-site for waiver signatures.

*$75

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Quakers Meeting

Quakers Meeting

Quakers Meetings are social sculptures focused on collaborative silence with a shared visual stimulus. CJ Martin will read the iTunes terms and agreements: an incidental found sound performance, functioning apart from the incidents of a music player. Futility-in-action as a source incident. Here’s a Sky Blue Window piece on the events. Friday, Feb 27 at 8:30pm at Listen Hear.

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Latino Immersion

Latino Immersion

Practice your language skills, celebrate Spanish authors Octavio Paz & Gabriel García Márquez, and sample traditional coffee & pan dulce as Michel Trahyn Gonzalez leads the conversation & connected literary activities — all in Spanish. Free for all ages. Thursdays from 7-9pm at Show Room.

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Big Car 2014 in Review + Looking Ahead

Big Car 2014 in Review + Looking Ahead

by email hidden; JavaScript is required, Big Car Executive Director

This year was a busy but successful one for Big Car. It started with our three-year pop-up socially engaged arts experiment, Service Center for Culture and Community, closing after a market-rate tenant leased the space. In the middle of relocating and expanding our work to include Downtown Indianapolis, we accomplished much, including:

• Three major public events attracting 5,000 people (the TEDxIndianapolis conference at Hilbert Circle Theatre, the Art in Odd Places public art experience Downtown, and No Brakes 10-year Big Car retrospective at University of Indianapolis).

• Pop-up cultural spaces on three sides of town lacking easy and free access to cultural opportunities (Lafayette Square, Far Eastside, Near Southside) including a new sound-art gallery curated and organized by one of our artist fellows, John McCormick, a recent Herron School of Art MFA graduate.

• Three major murals in Central Indiana and nine more nationwide — all created in collaboration with community members, involving more than 2,500 people in making art, and helping beautify a variety of public spaces.

• Design work for 15 fellow nonprofits, including a virtual historic tour of the Athenaeum — and logos and other materials for Ensemble Music Society, iMOCA, White River Festival, Garfield Park Neighbors Association, Reconnecting to Our Waterways, and Youth Power Indiana.

As part of a NUVO Newsweekly cover story in September highlighting Big Car’s 10 years of working Indianapolis, writer David Hoppe called Big Car artists “impresarios of the imagination,” using our creative expertise to “benefit people where they live.” This, as always, continues to be our goal. Read the rest of Hoppe’s story here.

In 2015, the theme of the annual TEDxIndianapolis big ideas conference we lead will be “Keep it Simple.” We plan to use this as a guiding principle for our approach for 2015. One way we plan to simplify is to focus more of our programming this year on a particular neighborhood — Garfield Park just south of Fountain Square. Look for exciting details soon on a new home base we’re establishing there. A good portion of our work in the early part of 2015 will be focused on launching this location while also advocating for neighborhood-wide improvements and furthering our relationships with community partners there.

We’ll continue pop-up programming and projects in Lafayette Square and the Far Eastside, including the summer-long partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library that pairs our mobile art-experience unit — the DoSeum — with the Bookmobile, making stops at apartment complexes in very challenged areas of the city. There, Big Car artists make art with young people and share free, healthy snacks. We call this entourage Fun Fleet and we look forward to another summer of fun in these neighborhoods.

And we’ll again bring a few major citywide projects to Indianapolis in 2015. The biggest is a partnership with the City of Indianapolis to bring arts programming to Monument Circle from June to September. Funded by a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town awarded to the City and Big Car, this work — also in partnership with Art Strategies — will include temporary, site-specific cultural programming that helps the community reimagine what can happen at the Circle.

We’ll also further expand our work to make public sculptures using salvaged honeysuckle wood removed from waterway areas around the city. We’ve created a system for volunteers to clear the invasive honeysuckle, which blocks views of our waterways and kills native species, and then repurpose it as building material for chairs, benches, arbors, and other sculptures. Our artists work with volunteers, including young people from the TeenWorks program, to design and collaboratively build the pieces, which are often placed in public areas near the waterways.

Our audience in 2015 will continue to be a blend of primarily lower-income residents who don’t have easy access to art, and an arts audience (including many local artists) that continues to support Big Car and our work. We believe connecting people who are newer to the arts with existing arts supporters and artists is crucial to expanding the arts audience in Indianapolis. And we believe involving people in making art helps them better connect with it and appreciate it.

All of the artists at Big Car see working with people to improve the quality of life as our artistic practice. It’s not a side outreach program. It’s not something we do for a living, begrudging, while we wish we were doing our art. While many of us still make other kinds of art, our work with people is integrated with this practice. And our personal passions — the issues that mean the most to us — are integrated into our approach to the work we choose as an organization.

What we strive to create at Big Car is a better world, starting with our own community and our own neighborhoods. We use the tools and the power of art to help people become more culturally and creatively inclined, happier, healthier, more active and engaged, and better connected to each other in an increasingly divided world. That’s our art, as it should be. And, ultimately, it’s everybody’s art.

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Fun Times at Art in Odd Places

Fun Times at Art in Odd Places

Thanks to everyone who participated, sponsored and presented as part of Art in Odd Places Indianapolis.  Hundreds of people experienced surprising installations, traffic-stopping performances, and lively interactions with the 27 creative interventions presented Oct. 17-18.  Big Car Collaborative’s project–the As You Wish desk–fulfilled over 100 wishes with on-the-spot objects made from paper, clay, and more.  WISH-TV Channel 8 did a nice video piece.  Check out photos on Flickr and at IndyStar.com.

AiOP Indy was a collaboration of Big Car, Classical Music IndyArts Council of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Museum of Art, with financial support from Big Car, Delta Faucet, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indy Mod HomesDowntown IndyApparatus ITSun King, and KA+A, and promotional support from NUVO and IndyHub.