Urbanized Summit happening Friday at IMA
Friday, October 7, 1-5 pm
The Toby | Free
Engage with urban leaders and change-makers in a half-day summit focused on the design of Indianapolis and issues around urbanism: transit, civility, diversity, redevelopment, livability, and resilience. The summit is segmented into three themes: LOOK, MOVE, and GROW. In the LOOK segment, hear from experts on big ideas foundational to the future of our city. In MOVE, tackle issues surrounding transit in Indianapolis. In GROW, participate in a sticky-note brainstorming session facilitated by Big Car and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful designed to translate urban design livability principles into actionable ideas. Also, at the Urbanized Bazaar, meet those leading the latest, greatest urban design initiatives that are shaping Indianapolis now and in the future. At 5 p.m., Gary Hustwit's new film, Urbanized, will be screened in The Toby following the summit.
Learn more here.
First Friday at Big Car: Heather Accurso
Opens Oct. 7, 6-11 p.m. Up through Oct. 22.
Accurso's most recent drawing series, Cherubic Intervention, combines fantasy with reality. Contemporary cherubic angels sprouting botanical projections protect humans and nature from today's threats. They fight or overcome war, terrorism, natural disasters and the exploitation of the earth's resources. Whether the Putti are successful, or not, is unclear…for the act of saving is not depicted in resolution.
Accurso began the series while residing in Cologne, Germany (from 2003 to 2008). Living in a foreign country, still physically and psychologically affected by World War II's devastation and overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush administration's policies, fueled the decision to make political work. Also significant -- fellow immigrant students in her intensive German classes had fled oppressive situations. Important artistic influences in Cologne were Stephan Lochner's luminescent cherubs and Ernst Barlach's Flying Angel.
Service Center now open!
Service Center for Contemporary Culture and Community is now open at 3919 Lafayette Rd. in front of Shopper's World in Lafayette Square Mall. Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 to 7 and Saturdays 10-2. Service Center is also be open various additonal evenings and weekends for events.
Teaching artists and volunteers are also on hand for drop-in creative writing and art sessions for children on Wednesdays after school. Programs for all ages are available on Thursdays. Volunteers are welcome to drop by to help. Currently, we need help in the parking lot garden and in the facility and will soon need help with creative programs in the center.
We are also in the progress of developing an independent publishing resource center with publishing equipment (design and printing) for people and organizations to use to self-publish books, posters and other materials. This will be linked our plans for a small reference and lending library in the space -- as well as a large collection of independent music.
Service Center, a nonprofit venture, is also seeking sponsors at all levels for its facility and programs. Find out more here: here. The response has been great so far. Thanks to everyone for their support of Service Center!
The most up to date communication about Service Center is found here.
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