February 23rd, 2017

Riverside High School

by Nikki Owens

You may have noticed the new billboard on the corner of 16th & Delaware showcasing Riverside High School, a second campus of Herron High School set to open this fall. With community revitalization as a core value, the Naval Armory site seemed ideal for a second school following Herron High School’s model. The new public high school will […]

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February 21st, 2017

Hip Hoperetta, Song by Song: The Maple Crossing Tour

by cgindy

We are pleased to present the third tour in our Hip Hoperetta Musical History Tour series: Maple Crossing. Come along! Our tour begins with School 43/Swingset, a musical ode to the neighborhood school and Tarkington Park.     The Hip Hoperetta Musical History Tours set to music the history of the Herron High School campus, the Harrison Center for […]

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February 16th, 2017

Meet NESCO

by Nikki Owens

The Near East Side Community Organization (NESCO) is a 501c3 umbrella organization on the near east side of Indianapolis with a deep history. NESCO engages near eastsiders to work toward the safety and betterment of neighborhoods. The organization holds an annual Congress with a theme and this year it is “Empowering and Envisioning our Future.” […]

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February 14th, 2017

Monon 16 Memories

by Isabelle Matthies, High School intern

I recently had the privilege of discussing the history of this area with HCA artist William Rasdell and music intern Aine Montgomery. In this blog, Aine reflects on how her life coincides with places mentioned by Rasdell, as well as how Hip Hoperetta and Pre-Enactment will revive the downtown community. (Isabelle Matthies, editor)  — Kids […]

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February 9th, 2017

Hip Hoperetta, Song by Song: Hank and Dolly

by cgindy

Below ground level you can find Hank & Dolly’s gallery surrounded by artist studios-namely Asa Gauen, Dominic Senibaldi, Carl Leck, William Denton Ray, Quincy Owens as well as Lori Lee Andrews, Liz Pinnick, Christina Hollering and Katherine Fries. Enjoy “Hank and Dolly”, it’s a fun one!   The Hip Hoperetta Musical History Tours set to music the history of the […]

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February 7th, 2017

Cookies, Coffee and Community

by Isabelle Matthies, High School intern

  At 3PM sharp, neighborhood children flocked to the back door of Omar’s Bakery. Walking away with bags of broken cookies, they’d skip across the street to get milk, all given for free from neighbor to neighbor. In the heyday of the Martindale-Brightwood area, before the interstate came, the community thrived. Veteran HCA artist William […]

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February 2nd, 2017

Riverside to Build on Herron High School’s Success

by Isabelle Matthies, High School intern

“Herron wasn’t built in a day,” reads the front page of the inaugural Herron High School yearbook. Now nationally ranked, Herron began in 2006 with just over 100 students crammed into the basement of the Harrison Center of the Arts, with which Herron maintains a close relationship to the day. Thanks to generous private and […]

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January 31st, 2017

Structures Future Past

by Nikki Owens

This month in the City Gallery you can find new work by HCA artist Quincy Owens. Owens is taking a different approach to place-based art, inspired by the upcoming Pre-Enactment Theater project taking place on 16th St. later this year. He has been inspired to explore the concept of creating the perfect neighborhood. “Utopia is […]

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January 26th, 2017

Connecting with Indy Flats

by Josh Betsey

As an artist, Josh Betsey has exhibited his work at the Harrison Center. We are excited to partner with him in new ways in his position as Service Coordinator at Indy Flats Apartments. Betsey is introducing Indy Flats residents to the Harrison Center as he helps connect them to all that living in urban Indy has to […]

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January 24th, 2017

On the Hill

by Isabelle Matthies, High School intern

To most, the steep embankment of the highway is a necessary mound of dirt to keep the highway high, but, to me, it is track practice. Interrupting the team’s timed laps around the Old Northside soccer fields, coach would inevitably point to the highway to which we went running, single-file lines climbing up to the […]

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