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Sample the work of 65 composers, video artists, and poets on Monument Circle, Oct. 19

Sample the work of 65 composers, video artists, and poets on Monument Circle, Oct. 19

SPARK has always been about showcasing the work of artists of all types in the Circle City in our favorite public places. But on Wednesday, October 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., we’re taking that idea to the max in a way that’s never been done before. In a very short time span, you can sample the commissioned work of about 65 local artists: musicians, composers, video artists, and poets. Like all SPARK programs, it’s free.

What a Wednesday is an assemblage of experiences:

Evening Embers — Let the ambient sounds of new compositions and improvisations by Indianapolis-based musicians Jordan Munson and Rob Funkhouser wash over you, through the Monument Circle sound system. Starts at 6 pm.

Public Art Tour — Inspired by the recent Public Art Census produced by Rokh – a cultural equity research & design studio – take a tour highlighting Downtown’s public works by artists of the global majority (Black-Diaspora, Asian, Latinx, dual-heritage, Indigenous, and Women). Tour led by artist Greg Rose. Starts at 6 pm.

Circle Anthology — At 7 pm, 27 poets share the (up to) 200 words they write to respond to the history, spirit, and symbols of the Circle. A sample from Lasana Kazembe’s wartime:

history comes a-calling
demanding it be listened to
dissected dealt with
who whose
lives that
gave their lives as
sun and sea do or
once did? who? sons?
sons of ones?

The roster includes Kazembe, Chantal Massey, JL Kato, Alessandra Lynch, Nasreen Khan, Karen Kovacik, Mitchell Douglas, and many more. Read all their poems here. The poems will air later on WQRT FM from the Monument Circle speakers as part of the Circle Sounds series. Hear all of the poems here.

The Indianapolis Review Editor Natalie Solmer and Big Car Executive Director Jim Walker invited the participating poets.

No More No Place — Curated and organized by Indianapolis multimedia artist and IUPUI professor Jordan Munson, this audio-visual collage pairs two-minute instrumental audio works by local composers with eclectic video art beamed onto Monument Circle’s ten-story projection system and played through the 360-degree speakers. The show kicks off at about 8 p.m. See the trailer here.

The cumulative power of the work, Jordan says, is the best way to bust the old myth of “India-No-Place” once and for all.

“It has been an amazing opportunity curating such a large collection of works from Indianapolis musicians and filmmakers,” says Jordan. “It has once again confirmed for me that this city has a deep and diverse pool of talent in our creative community. More than many people realize.”

Jordan enjoyed selecting whose sounds to pair with whose images—and the surprising, stylistic effects created, from intense to contemplative. Jordan hopes the project will “spark” conversation and future collaboration among the artists involved. He also believes No More No Place paints a fairly broad picture of Indianapolis. “We are all experiencing the same place, but in often wholly different ways.”

With mammoth-sized projection, immersive sound, and so much local creativity, No More No Place couldn’t happen anywhere else but Monument Circle. Or Indianapolis.

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ABOUT SPARK: SPARK Monument Circle is presented by Big Car Collaborative, Downtown Indy Inc., and the City of Indianapolis — with support from the Capital Improvement Board and the Indiana War Memorials Commission. The goal is to spark Monument Circle with art, games, music, and socializing. SPARK at the Circle goes through Friday, October 28— Mondays through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday evenings 5-8 p.m., and Fridays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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Workforce Week: Fun & Philanthropy Friday

Workforce Week: Fun & Philanthropy Friday

Treat yourself to FREE donuts from 8am-9:30am at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the entry plaza, presented by Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, and Dunkin Donuts. Additionally, celebrate the Indianapolis Colts with the Big Kickoff with United Way on the Circle from 11am-1pm. Individuals and organizations are invited to sign up to volunteer with United Way.

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Workforce Week: Thank You Thursday

Workforce Week: Thank You Thursday

We want to thank YOU for being a part of Indy’s strong, hardworking workforce. Join us on Georgia Street from 11am-1pm for relaxation and pay-it-forward activities! Enjoy a FREE massage and de-stress by playing with some furry, adoptable four-legged friends from the city’s Animal Care and Control. While you’re down here, pay-it-forward and unleash your creative side by making “Thank You” or “Get Well” cards for our veterans and Riley Hospital patients.

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Workforce Week: Recess! & Workout Wednesday

Workforce Week: Recess! & Workout Wednesday

Get out of the office and get your booty moving with fun, team-building exercises for adult recess with Playworks on the Circle from 11am – 1pm.

Additionally, join local studios for a series of FREE workout classes throughout downtown Indy from noon to 12:45pm (all Taylor Swift-themed in honor of her performance later in the evening!). Don’t forget your workout clothes!

  • Zumba with the YMCA on Georgia Street
  • Yoga with Invoke on the Canal on the Walnut Street basin (grassy space off Walnut Street and the Cultural Trail)
  • Boot camp with Indy Performance Authority on the Indiana War Memorial steps
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Workforce Week: Tasty Tuesday

Workforce Week: Tasty Tuesday

As a part of Workforce Week, take advantage of reduced-price breakfasts, lunches, happy hours, and dinners throughout downtown Indy hosted by several establishments. Show your downtown business card to participate. Try one or more of the following downtown spots and view the menus and discounts here.

Buffalo Wild Wings – 7 East Washington Street
Capital Grille
 – 40 West Washington Street
Champps Americana
– 49 West Maryland Street
Eagle’s Nest
– 1 South Capitol Avenue
Georgia Reese’s
– 14 East Washington Street
Greek Islands – 906 South Meridian Street
Grub House – 1953 North College
Marsh Supermarkets – 320 North New Jersey Street & 227 West Michigan
Oceanaire Seafood Room
– 30 South Meridian Street
O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Restaurant
– 36 South Pennsylvania Street
– 49 West Maryland Street
PF Chang’s – 49 West Maryland Street
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
– 45 South Illinois Street
Scotty’s Brewhouse
– 1 Virginia Avenue
Shula’s Steakhouse – 50 South Capitol Avenue
Skyline Club – One American Square, 36th Floor
Slippery Noodle Inn – 372 South Meridian Street
Soupremacy – 7 East Market Street
Tavern On South – 423 West South Street
Tini – 717 Massachusetts Avenue
Weber Grill – 10 North Illinois Street

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Workforce Week: Kickoff and High Kick Monday

Workforce Week: Kickoff and High Kick Monday

Join Mayor Ballard on Monument Circle from 11am-1pm to kickoff Workforce Week and help set a new world record! Bring your friends and help downtown Indy make history as the Colts’ cheerleaders lead us in an attempt to set a world record number of high kickers at noon– think Rockettes… Indy style! We need 522+ people to break the currently held record on recordersetter.com. Emmis will be broadcasting live from the event.

Before the event begins, start your day off right by enjoying a FREE cup of coffee, courtesy of Soupremacy, at various Denison parking garages throughout downtown Indy starting at 7:30 am.

BMO Harris Plaza – 135 North Pennsylvania Street
Park Plaza – 109 South Capitol Avenue
Merchants – 31 South Meridian Street
PNC Center – 101 West Washington Street
Sun (Circle Centre) – 16 West Maryland Street
Moon (Circle Centre) – 26 West Georgia Street
World of Wonders (Circle Centre) – 100 South Illinois Street
Pan Am Plaza – 201 South Capitol Avenue
Virginia Avenue – 155 South Delaware Street
Market District Garage – 101 North New Jersey Street