Crossrides, a city history ride and conversation
What: Big Car, in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and with the help of designers Javier Barrera and Andy Fry, created a self-guided bike route that prompts you to check out our city's historical and cultural crossroads and ponder some ideas to think and talk about.
When: Saturday, Sept. 15- start whenever you'd like, ends with a conversation from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Then join us for Blue Hour musical sunset event (details below) in the market plaza at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Starts and ends at City Market - visit the Big Car booth at the Sister Cities Festival in the Market Plaza to pick up or download and print your map and history sheet.
or follow it on your smartphone via QR codes placed along the route.
People who complete a set of activities will win an art prize or a free beer at Tomlinson Tap Room (limit 30). Just download this or pick up at City Market.
Details: Start at City Market and follow the route at your own pace while looking for QR code markers connecting you to a variety of important crossroads in the Crossroads of America. Your ride is complete once you return to City Market, where conversation will begin (beer will be available for purchase).
Please join the event
here to let us know you are coming.
Big Car, in partnership with City Market, presents an original, site and time-specific music event by Seattle composer (and Indiana native) Nat Evans that fuses nature, music, community, and subjectivity of experience. The event, entitled Blue Hour, will take place at sunset on September 15 on the outdoor plaza at City Market. Participants will download the music onto their iPods or other portable listening device ahead of time and arrive at the plaza at City Market by 7:45pm. At sunset the cue will be given to press play and participants will sit back and observe while listening.
The music for Blue Hour is a mix of new and pre-existing compositions that have been arranged to best compliment the changing of light during the hour after sunset, and is available to download from the composer's website (natevansmusic.com). This is the third in a series of time-specific pieces Evans has written -- his Sunset + Music event was presented across the country in 2011, as well as at a number of festivals.
TEDx comes to Indianapolis on Oct. 26
You'll hear about big ideas, participate in interactive experiences and leave energized after a day of dialogue on the challenges, innovations and future of Design Learning. Eighteen thought leaders will deliver powerful presentations during the one-day conference organized by Big Car, the International School of Indiana and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The title sponsor is Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Tickets for TEDxIndianapolis are $75 and include lunch, coffee, refreshments and other gifts. Buy your tickets here.
The world is changing fast, and all of us - students, entrepreneurs, thinkers and visionaries - are going to be at the forefront of this change. TEDxIndianapolis brings together tomorrow's thinkers and doers, both from Indianapolis and around the country, to lead a genuine discussion on the theme of Design Learning.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1990, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers to speak for a maximum 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. As one of many TED programs, TEDx offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world.
Drop by Service Center!
Service Center for Culture and Community is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for co-working, perusing the library, using the computer lab with free wi-fi, and participating in creative projects like Square Share.
Check out this excellent national coverage in The Atlantic Cities here. See detailed coverage of Big Car and Service Center in the Indianapolis Business Journal here. Also read an excellent story from the Central Indiana Community Foundation about Service Center and Big Car here and another by Indiana Humanities here.
Want to get involved at Service Center?
We welcome your time, effort and suggestions for things that should happen at Service Center. Really, it is there for you. Just send us an email by clicking the contact button above to let us know what you'd like to do or what you'd hope to see happen. Also, everybody is welcome for our weekly brainstorming meetings at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Service Center -- 3819 Lafayette Rd. in front of Shopper's World and across from Arby's.
Big Car: Creativity, Culture and Community from Big Car on Vimeo.
Saying YES to fun in our public spaces
Big Car is excited to help invigorate our public spaces: parks, city squares, the Canal, The Cultural Trail, White River State Park. This is a big part of our focus this summer and going forward. With the help of people like you in April, we raised more than $5,000 to land a long-term home for our Department of Yes engagement-based public programming effort. Now we're working to raise $20,000 over the course of this year for the program.
Want to know more about Big Car?
In 2012 Big Car is busy with several citywide efforts including organizing TEDxIndianapolis and participating in projects like Reconnecting to Our Waterways and the White River Festival in September.
Check out pictures of what we've been up to here.