listed alphabetically by last name
Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch
Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch is a Professor of Communication at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, Indiana. He also serves as the owner and operator of Solful Gardens, a local urban agriculture startup specializing in bringing Fresh.Urban.Natural produce to clients’ properties and working with community gardens. He has been affiliated with Big Car as a Community Artist and as Community Gardener at the Tube Factory artspace. He is currently working with Listen Hear and WQRT 99.1 FM. He enjoys bringing together art, education, and gardening to help to enrich the experiences of communities and their denizens.
Staff Artist, Business Manager, Assistant Curator
Carlie Foreman serves Big Car as the Business Manager and Assistant Curator. Foreman hosts “Good Vibrations”, an electronica show on WQRT that airs the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5pm. Carlie Foreman received her BFA in Sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design in December of 2018. As a native of Indianapolis, Carlie is driven to foster growth and culture in her community through public art and programming.
Andy is an artist, designer and musician. He specializes in collaborative design, frequently synthesizing diverse opinions from numerous stakeholders into singular, coherent outcomes. In addition to his work as creative director at Big Car, he has maintained his own design practice for over 15 years. He has a BFA in painting and a BA in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Conner Green is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Indianapolis. He studied art and literature at Indiana University and received his MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work—which explores elements of desire, myth, and the built environment—has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has worked with several art-related organizations including the IMA, the International Center of Photography, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art where he has operated in a variety of roles as an educator, furniture maker, graphic designer, and museum preparator. As a Resident Artist at Big Car, he is excited to engage with local communities through art and creative placemaking. Currently, he is trying to locate his car keys.
Staff Artist/Listen Hear
Oreo Jones (Sean Smith) is that pair of Air Jordans too scuffed up to wear in public, but you do it anyway because they still feel right. Hailing from Warsaw, Indiana, Jones has made Indianapolis his creative mecca. A multi-talented artist who delves into sound, music, and visual experimentation, Jones shares and expand the minds of people in surrounding neighborhoods, while helping the city grow.
A Big Car co-founder and former board chair, Anne is devoted to cultural causes that make Indianapolis brighter and better. Over the years for Big Car, Anne has organized TEDxIndianapolis events, drafted strategic plans, and donned mascot costumes. She has 27 years of experience in the non-profit arena, including programming or marketing roles at Newfields, the Spirit & Place Festival, Indiana Humanities, and Indiana Forest Alliance. Today, Anne is principal of Laker Verbal LLC and serves as Big Car’s lead grantwriter. She’s the host of Flick Fix, a movie chat show on WQRT.
Eduardo S. Luna
Born in Mexico, raised in the Midwest, Eduardo is passionate about bringing the two cultures together. He is a founding member of NOPAL Cultural Center, a Latino-American arts organization. He also manages events and appearances of his friend El Camaron Electronico, a luchador whose mission is to bring culture to the community.
Co-Founder/Director of Programming & Exhibitions
Shauta Marsh is a co-founder of Big Car Collaborative, curator, writer, author and researcher. Her research centers around artist-run culture, censorship in red states, popular culture’s influence on the pursuit of utopia, urban/rural relationships and artists’ social roles. Working with artists who use art to bring about social change, she specializes in rapid response exhibitions. She has curated over 50 exhibits with artists including Carlos Rolón, Saya Woolfalk, Jesse Sugarmann, Larissa Hammond, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Mari Evans, Pablo Helguera, Prince Rama, Scott Hocking, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tony Buba, Toyin Odutola, Tabitha Soren, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Richard Mosse and more.
Lover of Indianapolis neighborhoods and community history, Elizabeth is a visual artist turned perpetual student of public history and community memory. She is a proud Near Eastside resident with a dual bachelor’s degree in art history and gender studies and a master’s degree in museum studies. As part of her focus on community development, Elizabeth most recently worked to stabilize families and individuals in the Brookside neighborhood through youth, reentry, and low-income housing programs. She is most interested in public programs that reflect the often overlooked and underrepresented stories of life in Indianapolis.
Michelle Strahl Salinas
Director, South Indy Quality of Life Plan
As a lifelong South Indy resident, Michelle is proud to advocate for her community as Director of the South Indy Quality of Life Plan and Manager of the Garfield Park Farmer’s Market. She has lived in Garfield Park since 2006 with her husband and 4 children. Building a sense of community through neighborhood and youth-serving nonprofit organizations is her passion. She has had a diverse background which includes degrees and work in Environmental Design of Urban Planning, Nonprofit Management and Elementary Education
Designer and WQRT Station Manager
Holly Sommers serves as a collaborative designer for Big Car, and makes sure everybody plays nice at our radio station, 99.1 WQRT. She has worked in corporate, private and non-profit art direction for over 20 years and enjoys fostering communication in our community. Holly is also an artist, small business owner, and mother—roles which help shape her daily appreciation and practice of order, patience, versatility, and empathy.
Co-founder & Executive Director
Jim Walker is a social practice artist, placemaker, community builder, designer, teacher, and writer who believes everyone deserves open access to the joys of art, creativity, and great public places. Jim — who worked previously as a journalist (writer, photographer, editor, and designer) — is a student of cities and enjoys walking, biking, travel, and baseball. He lives with his family in the Garfield Park neighborhood. More here.