Service Center for Culture and Community

Open May 2011 through Sept. 2014, Service Center was a social practice and cultural program space with a large public garden and gathering space built atop a parking lot. Service Center and its programs brought much positive attention and activity to the struggling Lafayette Square/International Marketplace neighborhood of Indianapolis. Each year, more than 10,000 visitors from all over the city and region enjoyed helping Service Center become a grassroots hub for art, culture, education, health, and inclusion in the heart of Indianapolis. Service Center — run by Big Car artists in partnership with many others — was a shared space, housing performances and programs by various other arts and community groups. Find more details and images in this presentation on Service Center. Lots more photos here. Service Center programming is relocating in 2015 to a location in the Garfield Park neighborhood of Indianapolis after operating in temporary locations. The space had been donated for art and community use until a full-paying business leased the facility in May of 2014.

Here’s an example of some of our programming:

Big Car's Neighborday 2013 from Big Car on Vimeo.

Read excellent national coverage of Service Center in The Atlantic Cities here and Idiom here. See detailed coverage of Big Car and Service Center in the Indianapolis Business Journal here.