Big Car: Making Every Day Art in Indiana

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People on the sidewalk of a city doing hula hoop near a ping-pong table.

Big Car Collaborative's project Spark Monument Circle in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo courtesy of Big Car

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Big Car Collaborative is an arts organization rooted in Indianapolis that believes art and creativity are tools that bring communities together. It creates projects that work to improve the quality of life of neighborhoods through art and design—and its programs run from micro to macro, from the bodega on the corner to Monument Circle in the center of the city. But wherever Big Car creates, it does so with its neighbors as a full partner; it’s not art for a community, it’s art with a community.

Big Car is able to create programs that bring artists and residents together to build stronger communities because of the support it’s received on the local, state, and federal levels:  from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. As co-founders Jim Walker and Shauta Marsh explain, this combined funding is not just good for Big Car’s bottom line, it also opens doors to foundations and private donors and encourages them to expand their thinking about art.

Here are links to two short videos about Big Car Projects funded by the Indianapolis Arts Council, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts:

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