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Spark by the Numbers

2015 SPARK By the Numbers by Big Car

We’ve pulled numbers together from surveys and counts from Spark. Check them out above or download a one sheet here.

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Celebrating the people of Spark

Celebrating the people of Spark

What’s Spark? Many things: A placemaking effort to energize our city’s most important space, a tactical urbanism test to examine the approaches of a redesign in progress, a complicated and rewarding partnership that brought Monument Circle stakeholders and officials together with an array of cultural organizations, and a socially engaged art project that focused on interacting with people as the main ingredient to the success of all of the above. The participants in the human-scale programming at Spark during 11 weeks in 2015 were both members of the public who joined us there (by chance or on purpose) and the artists, program designers, and facilitators who created and cultivated opportunities for the public to play, create, socialize, and have fun.

The photo mosaic above includes many of the people who worked with us at Big Car on this project. We involved more than 50 artists and creatives in this project — all in paid positions. To them, though, it was more than a job. It was an opportunity to celebrate Indianapolis and help make this city a better place — and help people feel connected with the culture of our community. We appreciate the creativity and dedication of this group and the participation of all of the visitors to Spark. And, we are so thankful to our funders and partners for the opportunity to help make this happen on Monument Circle. We hope to be back in 2016 and beyond!  — Jim Walker, executive director of Big Car and lead artist on Spark 

Photos by Kurt Nettleton of Big Car. See his Spark wrap up video here and more of his great work and photos from Spark and everything else we do here.

 

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Virginia Avenue Folk Fest: Dear Lincoln

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest: Dear Lincoln

Dear Lincoln is an indie folk quartet that draws their inspiration for songs from personal relationships and experiences, American history and politics, and nature. This quartet’s live concert presented by Virginia Ave. Folk Fest will make sure you have quadruple the fun!

More info on Dear Lincoln!

Learn more about our partner, Virginia Ave. Folk Fest!

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Musical Family Tree presents Ampersand Blues Band

Musical Family Tree presents Ampersand Blues Band

You won’t want to miss this free concert by Ampersand Blues Band! It’s blues, punk, and rock’n’roll all blended up!

 

Get more info on Ampersand Blues Band.

Learn more about how Musical Family Tree makes it their mission to spread Indiana music!

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Musical Family Tree presents Peter and the Kings

Musical Family Tree presents Peter and the Kings

Bring a friend, pull up a chair, and enjoy the top-notch songwriting of this psych/folk/rock group!

Get more info on Peter and the Kings.

Learn more about how Musical Family Tree makes it their mission to spread Indiana music!

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Mobile Cassette Motorbike

Mobile Cassette Motorbike

You don’t want to miss out on this weekly performance by Stuart Hyatt Studio as part of “Phono Fridays.” This artist designed cassette motorbike will be making its way around the circle every Friday. Cassettes will be available for purchase. Ahhh… let the nostalgia set in!

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Love Letter Writing Booth

Love Letter Writing Booth

On the last day of Spark Monument Circle, stop by and write a love letter to Indianapolis (maybe it’s your favorite restaurant, your favorite very specific place, or even your favorite non-profit– HINT, HINT). Tag it with #LoveIndy. Presented by Plan 2020 and Big Car.

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Sung Compline presented by Christ Church Cathedral

Sung Compline presented by Christ Church Cathedral

Good Night, Indy. The Christ Church Cathedral Schola will be singing traditional end-of-day prayers on the north end of Monument Circle at 8:15pm on October 15th. Take a moment to wind down with this beautiful choral music, which has been sung for centuries.

Sung compline is an essential part of the Anglican Choral tradition, which the Christ Church Cathedral Choir– a historic staple of the arts community on Monument Circle– has traditionally and continually strived to embody.

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Spark In Lights on the IPL Building

Spark In Lights on the IPL Building

Spark 2015 goes out in style: watch for the Spark logo to scroll across the colored lights in the windows of the IPL building. Thanks, IPL!

Check our partner, IPL, by clicking here.

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Roaming Historical Characters

Roaming Historical Characters

Stop by the Monument and get into a casual conversation with Architect Alexander Ralston (1771 – 1827), who platted the streets of Indianapolis and Entrepreneur John Freeman (1807-1902), an African American businessman who owned a restaurant near the Circle.