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The University of Indianapolis and Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) collaborated to create the Wheeler Arts Community in Historic Fountain Square. The building offers live-and-work spaces for visual artists and their families and is a venue for theater performances and visual art exhibitions, in addition to programs and courses presented by the University of Indianapolis. The 60,000-square-foot building, once a vacant factory, has been completely renovated in a contemporary style that maximizes its industrial character.
Joyful Noise has officially established a residency in the Murphy Arts Building. Stop in to purchase records (for $1 off the regular price), see a show, visit the brains behind the label, pick up tickets or check out the monthly art exhibit. They'll schedule regular shows on First Friday.
If you’re looking to get your hair done, why not do it where you can also buy some cool art? Luxe 218 is an appointment-only full service salon/gallery. Elizabeth Brooks and Sohail El-Rahaiby started the venture back in 2010. “I deal with the fine artists that are passionate about what they’re doing and creating stuff that you want to look at,” says Brooks, who has been a beautician since she was 16 years old. The art displayed has ranged from the colorful abstract paintings of locally-based Hodgin to the pop-eroticism of Italian Vincenzo Rizzo. Who knows what awesome artist they’ll feature next? Open to the public every First Friday.
Now operating out of its studio in Fountain Square, Motus Dance Theatre has built an enthusiastic following, performing dances by a variety of choreographers that run a gamut from the lyrical to the defiant, with a dash of fun usually thrown in for good measure. From a choreographic standpoint, Motus favors a collective approach, creating a platform for the members of its company, as well as opportunities for collaboration with other artists by offering exposure to fresh, unconventional dance, particularly by partnering with emerging, edgy music groups. Cultivate, Motus’ November Choreographers Showcase, offers a stage for emerging talent nationwide.
Years ago, when the RCA Dome was demolished, the work of People for Urban Progress was just getting started. These master repurpose-ers saved 13 acres of the dome material to use as shade structures in Indy’s parks and to make a bunch of kick-ass bags, wallets and purses. And watch what they’re doing with salvaged seats from Bush Stadium! (Hint, keep an eye on IndyGo bus stops.) PUP also advocates for stronger public transportation and good urban design to help Indianapolis become more sustainable, and is working to get a car-sharing program up and running to make not owning a car in Indy more possible.
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