September 21st, 2017

House of God

by Emma Hall

Teen Works’s song House of God highlightS the influence that New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church has had over the Monon 16 neighborhood throughout the years. Now known as one of the oldest African-American churches in Indianapolis, it was always a beacon of hope for the African-American community. During the time when Jim Crow laws segregated […]

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September 19th, 2017

The Dunbar Branch Library

by Emma Hall

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library operated as an Indianapolis Public Library Branch from 1922 to 1967 within John Hope School #26. Lillian Haydon Childress Hall was an educated African-American woman who attended college in Kentucky, and afterwards was the first African-American to graduate from her library school. She acted as the first branch manager for […]

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September 14th, 2017

Historic School 26

by Emma Hall

John Hope School #26 closed its doors in 2007, but in its heyday it was a cornerstone of the Monon 16 community. Alumni of the school claim that their time at the Indianapolis Public School was influential throughout their adult lives. The students took shop and home economic classes on top of their regular English, […]

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September 12th, 2017

Comida

by Emma Hall

Long before the comida rica of Festiva, Monon 16 housed a variety of local flavors. Baked goods, fresh fish, and deli meat are just a few of the fares you could enjoy back in the day. It was a simpler time then, when you could grab a bologna sandwich at the corner store for less […]

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September 7th, 2017

14,000 Gallons

by Emma Hall

Mystery tends to wrap itself around old, abandoned buildings. We wonder what they were built for, who occupied them, and how they could be repurposed in the future. We find ourselves stuck on the antiquated features that were so cutting edge at the time of their construction: horse- shaped hitching posts, towering, brick smokestacks, and […]

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August 31st, 2017

The Anti-Gentrification Project: PreEnactIndy

by Amy Sheldrake Eddy

This article originally appeared in the September issue of “Life on Tinker Street.” PreEnactIndy.  You may have heard the term or seen the billboard art at the corner of 16th & Delaware, but you still have so many questions:  what, where, when, how and why?  The term “pre-enactment” isn’t very common, although you can get […]

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August 18th, 2017

Growing Up in Monon 16

by cgindy

TeenWorks participants have been interviewing past and present residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Monon 16 to gather their stories as we prepare for PreEnactIndy, a Pre-Enactment Theater event to take place on October 7, 2017. This Indianapolis theater and arts collaboration is the first of its kind and will serve as a national model for creative placemaking […]

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August 11th, 2017

The Freshest Cut

by cgindy

Check out our newest video, celebrating the Cheatham and Moore Barbershop in Butler Tarkington. Barbershop a Blessing from Harrison Center on Vimeo. Cheatham and Moore is located in the Maple Crossing Great Place, a designated district that is focusing on improving livability, opportunity, vitality and education for its residents.  Maple Crossing is a partnership between […]

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August 9th, 2017

School 26 Alumni Reminisce and Hope

by cgindy

by Alese Allen, PreEnactIndy intern As we prepare for Pre-Enactment, it was our personal goal to seek out people that knew anything about 16th Street so we could get to know the community better and take note of their hopes and dreams for the area. We came across a few former students of John Hope […]

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July 31st, 2017

Crossroads and a Finish Line

by cgindy

The City Gallery is pleased to present Crossroads, new work by Jessica Green, opening Friday, August 4. We caught up with her to ask a few questions about her life as a painter and about her upcoming show. 1) Would you tell us a little bit about your background and personal history as an artist? My career […]

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