In 2014, Big Car worked with the Far Eastside community and multiple partners to bring a new bus shelter and sidewalk to a location at 42nd Street and Mithoeffer Road in front of the Gene B. Glick Nature Preserve that lacked any seating or protection from the elements. We completed the project in the spring of 2015 with the installation of a collaboratively created art piece.
Along with 300 other kids, Natilla and Sincere participated in Fun Fleet, a mobile art experience Big Car brought to apartment complexes on the Far Eastside and Westside of Indianapolis in 2014. The girls participated in art activities, including one to help design art for the new bus stop. And their drawings became part of a collaborative design process led by Big Car artist in residence Niina Cochran. You can see more images of the bus stop here. Or stop by in person at the northwest corner of 42nd Street and Mithoeffer Road. Here’s what the location looked like before the new stop.
Important contributions to this project came from a Focus 2020 Community Action Grant (an initiative of Peace Learning Center), and The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Partners include: People for Urban Progress (stadium seats), the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, and IndyGo.