August 29th, 2016

Natural Among the Urban: Amy Falstrom’s City Prairie

by Kate Oberreich

  Once a neglected industrial block along South Street in downtown Indianapolis, the Eli Lilly sustainable garden is now teeming with native plants, recycled bricks, solar lighting, and reclaimed soils. It also serves as inspiration for Amy Falstrom’s City Prairie, an exhibit of new paintings in the City Gallery this month. Long observant of natural […]

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August 25th, 2016

Maple Crossing Joy

by Pam Allee

Last week a large, enthusiastic crowd gathered under a big tent on the grounds of Butler University for Midtown Momentum to celebrate the achievements of the past year and future plans to improve the quality of life in Midtown Indianapolis. A group of Harrison Center artists and musicians have been creating work inspired by Maple Crossing, a Great Places 2020 […]

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August 23rd, 2016

A Digital Scavenger Hunt

by Nikki Owens

John Reeder, of Seattle, Washington, recently came to the Harrison Center for the Arts for a 48 hour residency. Fascinated by sounds and technology, he connected easily with HCA studio artist Quincy Owens whose recent public art has incorporated these elements. They collaborated quickly (remember, this is a 48 hour residency!) and came up with […]

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August 18th, 2016

The Cobbs, At Home in Mapleton-Fall Creek

by cgindy

“We’re FINALLY home!” Rick and Trish Cobb, along with their three sons, moved into the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood in May of 2016 and immediately felt like they had FINALLY come home! Their journey to downtown began via The Oaks Academy. Trish landed a job there in August of 2012 teaching middle school math, and their […]

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August 16th, 2016

The Sprowl Family in the Old Northside: 34 years of change

by Amy Sheldrake Eddy

What changes the nature of a place over a span of three decades?  What spurs transformation in neighborhoods and cities over time?  How do life, energy and vibrancy return to streets and communities that were once considered decayed, lifeless, crime-ridden and worthy of demolition? Such was the case in the 1960s and ’70s of the Old Northside and many […]

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August 10th, 2016

Sparkle Up!

by Nikki Owens

“’38th and Shine’ is both a community event and an art performance designed to bring together the diverse neighborhoods around 38th & Illinois in a creative, collaborative act of history making!” Earlier this year the Harrison Center for the Arts hosted a 5×5 competition for the Maple Crossing Community. Maple Crossing is part of the […]

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August 9th, 2016

Back to School!

by cgindy

It’s that time of year again—back to school! In our neighborhood, that means plaid skirts and khakis everywhere you look! Business has picked up at the local coffee shops like Foundry Provisions and Thirsty Scholar and there is just a buzz of excitement and activity that is particular to this time of year. Singer-songwriter (and Herron High […]

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August 4th, 2016

Pop Up Pod!

by cgindy

If you have driven through the intersection of 38th & Illinois Streets this summer, you’ve likely seen some unexpected activity. Artists, writers, musicians, knitters, puppet makers, to name a few, have been setting up shop to draw attention to the newly branded Maple Crossing, a Great Places 2020 neighborhood.  The goal of Great Places 2020 […]

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August 1st, 2016

Printed City

by Kate Oberreich

  The 67th Street Printmakers will debut Printed City, an exhibition celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial in print, this month in the City Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts. The 67th Street Printmakers formed as an extension of the Indianapolis Art Center’s Independent Study classes and takes it’s name from the Art Center’s location at […]

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