Tube Factory artspace, 1125 S. Cruft St. Indianapolis, IN 46203
Tube Factory is a hybrid between a contemporary art museum and community center. It is open six days a week as a public place for culture, community, and creativity and features a contemporary art exhibition space and socially engaged art laboratory. It’s also home base for Big Car Collaborative’s work across Indianapolis and beyond. Tube Factory features rotating commissioned exhibits by international and local artists alike, interactive projects, space to hang out, a reference library and free books for teens and kids to take home, an outdoor gathering space, and more to find by exploring.
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – plus special events. Tube is also open until 10 p.m. each First Friday. Closed on holidays. Admission is free. Some programs and events may have ticket prices.
This previously vacant 12,000-square-foot former manufacturing building is now a thoughtfully renovated home base for our work as well as partnership-based community meetings and cultural events. It was built in 1908 for use as a dairy bottling plant before housing an armory, sheet metal pattern works, peanut roaster, and factory where people made metal tubes. Check out photos of Tube Factory here and view GIFs of the transformation of our space here.
THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS
The transformation of the Tube Factory building, which opened in May of 2016, and the programming happening there are possible thanks to an outpouring of support from a wide range of funders for the first phase of the effort. Large grants for Tube Factory have come from the City of Indianapolis, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Lilly Endowment, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and LISC Indianapolis. Additional generous support came from Klipsch, Ann Stack, Howard Schrott and Diana Mutz, Ursula David, Sam Sutphin and Kerry Dinneen, and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation. The architectural firm Blackline also provided design support for the renovation of the building. And Riley Area Development Corporation is a key partner in the project.
TUBE MEDIA COVERAGE
The Guardian (UK)
Sports Illustrated (video)
Pivot on Tube’s history
The Indianapolis Star (preview)
Indianapolis Star (opening)
Indianapolis Business Journal (review)
Indianapolis Business Journal (overall article)
Indianapolis Business Journal (Property Lines)
No Mean City
The Urban Times