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CREATING

VIBRANT
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PLACES

1987

I lived in Warsaw or Winona Lake from 1983-1993


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rented a room (really the top two oors) for $150 a month

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ended up with the rst oor of a house on this point for $225 per month
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I LOVED IT HERE

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so why leave?

Gary and Gary


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What else draws me to Indianapolis?


jobs for creatives (and thus creatives) funding support for arts nonprots opportunity to make a difference lots of cultural activities and programs including national-level artists/performers diversity of people and cultures

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What else draws me to Indianapolis?


variety of great restaurants and bars things to do at night, in the winter variety of local, non-chain businesses strong urban farming/eat local movement bike connectivity neighborhood identity

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big car

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brings
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art
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to

people

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and

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people
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to

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art

sparking
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creativity
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in

lives
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to

transform
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communities
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HOW?
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1. CIVIC LEADERSHIP AND INCLUSION engage people of all backgrounds in helping boost creativity + livability
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2. ECOLOGY support urban agriculture and art + nature initiatives


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3. PUBLIC PROGRAMS invigorate places with cultural activities + events


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4. CREATIVE SPACES create surprising, community-driven and collaborative public art projects

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5. NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSFORMATION asset-based creative community development


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Nov. 2010

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Fountain Square
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Big Car Gallery


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2004

Masterpiece in a Day

starting in 2004
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Found vs. PostSecret


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2007

who are you and what do you want?


2008
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bigfoot sightings
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2009

Test Fest
2010
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7 Simultaneous Lectures 2010

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Thrift Store Music


2010

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Fluxus events

2010

Fluxus Events
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Great Indy Cleanup


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Lilly Day of Service

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Dan Flavin
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what makes a place great: sociability access and linkage uses and activities comfort and image characteristics of a successful place: high proportion of people in groups higher that average proportion of women different ages various activities affection Project for Public Spaces
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CraftedSpoon
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how to create a vibrant place

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offer fun surprises stories animals give people say so all ages welcome accept hands on contributions (help build it)
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sensory experiences exibility inclusion interaction opportunities for learning and teaching
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music and dance games and play free stuff food art and creativity that includes everybody
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some big ideas...

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WaterFire Providence
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21c Hotel Museum Louisville

Traverse City Film Festival


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ArtPrize

WaterFire Providence Grand Rapids


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Traverse City Film Festival


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Open Field

Minneapolis
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Open Field
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some smaller ideas


attract and retain creatives via a design hub, contemporary art center, urban event space, incubator for nonprots and small businesses, or a combo of all or some of the above advocate for and improve bike/walk access temporary, surprising art and pop-up events

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some smaller ideas


open source public cultural activities and programs, create corporate event competitions national-level contemporary artists/performers innovative ethnic food and culture/arts festivals pop-up restaurants by local and out-of-town chefs support urban farms and local-focused markets

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SURPRISE PEOPLE
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THANKS!
bigcar.org

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