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September 2023

Freetown Village: The Madam Walker Story

September 7, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

In honor of Madam CJ Walker’s great achievements and contributions, Freetown Village Inc. brings you this one-woman show of her story through “different” eyes. Join us for the amazing story of America’s first woman self-made millionaire. Learn about the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans, and Indianapolis! Freetown Village is a living history museum with the mission to educate the public about African American lives, arts, and culture in Indiana through living history, exhibits, allied programs, and the…

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Music Instrument building with Rob Funkhouser

September 13, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

Join composer and sound artist Rob Funkhouser for a workshop exploring the hidden sounds of everyday objects. Funkhouser will guide audiences through strategies for using amplification to reimagine the world of tiny sounds happening around them through the use of musical instruments, household items, and contact microphones. Participants will get the chance to explore a set of instruments and objects, and will also be guided on a short walk to find new sounds hidden in the environment around Monument Circle.…

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October 2023

Lunch Break Live with Mandog

October 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

A producer/visual artist from Indianapolis, IN, Mandog combines elements from everywhere and anywhere and cooks them down into a nice Mandog soup. Hip-hop is his specialty, but you might find him boppin' around in other genres as well. Mandog was the Champion of the 6th Annual Jay Brookinz Beat Battle at The Vogue Theater (2014) and had another first place finish at a Jay Brookinz Battle League round at the Hi-Fi (2015). SPARK is a partnership with Downtown Indy, the…

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Scavenger Hunt with Brittany Fukushima

October 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

Join us to kick off an on-going  scavenger hunt, find all the little art sculptures and more around the Circle. About the artist: Brittany Fukushima is an Indianapolis-based painter and teaching artist who uses their practice to interpret their environment. Drawing and painting become a means to investigate the natural world, express the intangible, and to present alternate ways of seeing. Recently, they have experimented with paint making using foraged pigments. Teaching is an integral part of their process as it keeps…

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Found Art with Giselle Trujillo

October 11, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

Join Giselle Trujillo in creating a found art piece! Visitors will work in a variety of mediums to help create something unique! SPARK is a partnership with Downtown Indy, the City of Indianapolis, and the Indiana War Memorials Commission — and funded by the Capital Improvements Board. It is a continuation of our work last year and in 2015 on the Circle. At Big Car, we approach our work at the Circle as a site- and community-specific socially engaged art…

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Circle Side Chats with Deedee Davis

October 12, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

The Magic Circle  In October of 1900, the Fall Festivities Society of Indianapolis promoted a week-long carnival with its central focus being the Magic Circle. Monument Circle was transformed with a dizzying array of attractions, parades, performers and animals all in the glow of “electric illuminations.” Yet, despite all the enchantment, the Magic Circle Carnival was a one-time marvel in Indianapolis’ history. Bio: Deedee Davis is a Herron-Morton resident with an interest in Indianapolis history, specifically historic residential architecture and…

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Ink Workshop with Brittany Fukushima

October 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

Join SPARK artist in residence Brittany Fukushima for an all-levels ink painting workshop. In this workshop, you’ll learn basic ink techniques and how to paint intuitively using colors handmade by the artist. See the raw materials that go into ink-making and leave inspired to create your own. All materials are provided! SPARK is a partnership with Downtown Indy, the City of Indianapolis, and the Indiana War Memorials Commission — and funded by the Capital Improvements Board. It is a continuation of our work…

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Sofar Sounds at SPARK

October 14, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map

WHAT’S A SOFAR SOUNDS SHOW? Sofar transforms everyday spaces – like a rooftop or art gallery – and turns them into captivating, intimate venues for secret, live music performances, creating an immersive experience that brings guests and artists closer together. Each Sofar is small, and typically features three diverse acts, with no headliner. SPARK is a partnership with Downtown Indy, the City of Indianapolis, and the Indiana War Memorials Commission — and funded by the Capital Improvements Board. It is…

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Graffiti Knitting with Mary Jo Bayliss

October 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A gathering where knitting and graffiti collide! Simultaneously inspired by traditional knitting and graffiti, this ever-evolving piece combines fiber adjacent activities, coloring sheets derived from graffiti and knitting motifs, and opportunities for participants to share their creative path stories. You are invited to come join the fun, because without YOU, Boo, this project can’t happen. About the artist: Mary Jo Bayliss specializes in creating environments that help people feel at ease using space, light and color to achieve these goals.…

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Circle SPARK Fest

October 29, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
1 Monument Circle, South Facing Steps United States + Google Map
Free

Have yourself a Pumpkin carving, pottery making, face painting, UBE Fest loving good time at Circle SPARK Fest! This two-day fall festival features live music by an amazing array of local musicians, delicious food, artisan vendors, and hands-on creative activities led by Indianapolis artists. The festival, which runs from 11 am until 6 pm each day, is free to attend. And it takes place at the pop-up park on the southwest quadrant of Monument Circle that has been closed to…

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