Pleasant Run Placemaking
Pleasant Run Game Court
Conceptualized in collaboration with artist Matt Helfrich and with neighborhood input, this endeavor transformed a derelict patch of asphalt into a community asset. Years ago, the basketball goals were tragically removed from this location due to "nuisance activity". We painted an activity-rich mural with a focus on imparting a sense of Place upon children and all community members engaging the artwork. To celebrate the grand opening, we partnered with Indiana Soccer Association, Indy Eleven Professional Soccer, People for Bikes, and a local ice cream parlor to host a community soccer party.
Day of the Dead Festival
This experience was a partnership between local artists, Reconnecting to Our Waterways, Sense Charter School, the Bates Hendricks Neighborhood Association, and local churches. The Dia de los Muertos celebration highlighted the vibrant Mexican culture of residents on the Southeast Side of Indianapolis. It strengthened ties between cultural groups and celebrated the grand opening of the new Barth St. pedestrian bridge. The goal was to highlight the creative and communal potential of this new community asset. This event included invasive plant removal, bulb planting, face painting, games, art, music, and food.
"Roadsworth" Peter Gibson ARtist Residency
Indianapolis is known as the "Crossroads of America". It's appropriate for Indy to embrace the potential of its roadways as more than just motor vehicle thoroughfares. By working with Internationally acclaimed street painting artist Peter Gibson we completed 6 projects along Pleasant Run. Additionally, we used this opportunity to engage neighbors in traffic calming tactics for southeast neighborhoods and completed a workshop focused on educating community artists in road painting skills for future projects. While in Indianapolis, we organized a presentation on Peter's extensive body of work for interested artists and community members.
Wind & Water Fest
To celebrate springtime and the unveiling of the Pleasant Curve amphitheater, artists and community activists planned water and wind related interactive art projects. 6 community artists each transformed a storage pod into an interactive Mini Gallery representing one of the 6 waterways that run through Indy neighborhoods. Other activities included kite decorating, paper airplane flying, "slowest boat racing" (last place wins) and pinwheel making. Partners included the South East side neighborhood associations, and neighborhood schools.
Photos and videos: Kurt Nettleton