BUILDING COMMUNITY COHESION ONE BLOCK AT A TIME

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Led by three artists and a curator from Big Car Collaborative (three of whom offer perspective from growing up in small-city or rural Indiana and the fourth from rural Mexico), this session highlights work in a challenged area just southeast of downtown Indianapolis. This mixed-use block was nearly half vacant when Big Car artists — who already lived in the neighborhood several years prior — began their work here. This case study will explore the importance of arts-based social infrastructure in bringing people together to build inclusive and equitable community cohesiveness.

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the concept of social infrastructure and how it is linked to cultural community development, placemaking and socially engaged art.

  • Learn methods for engaging with and including community from the start through conversations and demonstration projects.

  • Learn about navigating complications involving funding, property ownership, and maintaining programming.

Presented by:

Shaunta

Shaunta Marsh
Lead Curator, Director of Programs and Exhibitions
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Shauta is a co-founder of Big Car Collaborative and curates commissioned exhibits at Tube Factory and other Big Car locations. From 2011-2015 she was executive director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art where she featured multiple early-career national and local artists who went on to international acclaim.

Eduardo

Eduardo Luna
Staff Artist
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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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.

Oreo

Oreo Jones
Staff Artist
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Oreo (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.

Jim

Jim Walker
CEO / Lead Artist
Big Car Collaborative
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Jim works as a public and social practice artist, placemaker, photographer, video and sound artist, designer and writer. He’s founder and CEO of Big Car, a nonprofit arts organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jim began working as a journalist at age 16, writing and taking photos for his hometown paper in Warsaw, Indiana.