Arts Council Fellow to Focus Efforts in Great Places 2020 Near West Neighborhood

The Arts Council of Indianapolis recently announced the first two recipients of the $100,000 Transformational Impact Fellowships. One of the recipients, Bryan Fonseca, will focus his work In the Near West neighborhoods of Haughville, Hawthorn, Stringtown and We Care. Currently, the area is devoid of any resident artistic company, performance space or museum or gallery. For his two-year fellowship, Fonseca will form a bilingual team to create a Mobile Cultural Center for creating and presenting theatre, dance and visual arts programs in these communities. In doing so, Fonseca will use the arts as a way to affect social change through civic interaction.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the generous funding support of Lilly Endowment Inc., launched the Transformational Impact Fellowship program as a direct response to the rise and development of the collective impact model in Indianapolis for community and civic organizations from all sectors to come together to realize big ideas that can transform a neighborhood, a community, or a city.

Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project focused on transforming strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community. The Near West Great Place is located at West Michigan & King. Big thanks to Bryan Fonseca and the Arts Council of Indianapolis for enhancing the Livability of this Great Place through this project.