10 Indy things we were thankful for in 2015
in no particular order: Wei-Huan Chen - In January, the Indy Star introduced us to Wei-Huan Chen, their new arts reporter. We've enjoyed his enthusiasm and fresh perspective on the arts in Indy!
Spark Monument Circle - Spark brought 11 weeks of pure, unadulterated fun to Monument Circle with everything from giant Jenga to a DIY Playground, walking tours, music, parades and more than there is room to list here.
Public Collection - The artist-designed book share stations were created to improve literacy and foster a deeper appreciation for the arts.
East 16th Street (aka Tinker Street) - Earlier this year, an Indy Star headline read "Move over Fountain Square; make way for Tinker Street." What fun it has been to watch the transformation from a pass-through to a must-stop with the addition of Tinker Street, Penn & Palate, Tinker Coffee to the growing list of businesses opening on this historic street.
Pattern, Makers issue - This fall, Pattern Magazine highlighted makers and maker spaces in a gorgeous edition of their award-winning publication.
IDADA 10th anniversary - It's hard to remember life before First Fridays. IDADA (Indianapolis Artists & Dealers Association), the organization that brought us First Fridays, celebrated their 10th anniversary this year! Check out their new logo and website at idada.org.
ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana) - Our long-time HCA tenants had an exciting year that included the rollout of a new name and ended with their Urban Artisans program being named a 2015 Awardee of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Thanks, Obama. ; )
The Lilly Endowment's announcement of $100 million in grant awards to 14 arts and cultural organizations throughout the state of Indiana. Wow!
Herron High School - It's been ten years since they received their charter. From humble beginnings with 100 freshmen in the HCA basement, they are now a thriving body of 760 students on the former Herron School of Art campus. And planning has begun for a second campus on the site of the Naval Armory.
You! Indy art lovers are our favorite kind!