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Museums and Libraries Step-Up Efforts to Tackle Economic Distress in Poor Communities, Says New Report from IMLS and LISC

A new national report finds that many museums and libraries are leveraging their prominent local positions to help rebuild troubled neighborhoods, driving economic, educational and social efforts that help raise standards of living. Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look at Emerging Experience, is part of a collaborative research effort by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) examining the ways that museums and libraries are helping fuel successful comprehensive community revitalization efforts and offer best practices for other institutions to follow. Last week, the findings were used to launch a discussion … Continued

Great Places 2020 Launches Successfully

On Friday, November 21, 2014 over 300 community leaders and neighbors gathered at Kinney Group Headquarters on the Near West side to officially launch the Great Places 2020 initiative. Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project transforming strategic places in six Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as we enter 2020. Each Great Place will be transformed through partnership, development and investment in: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education. Key partners have emerged that will contribute to the success of Great Places 2020, including  Buckingham Foundation, the Indiana Housing … Continued

LISC Indianapolis Invests $280,000 in Local Small Businesses

Grants will be used to revamp small business commercial facades throughout Indianapolis LISC has awarded matching grants to 35 local businesses through its Small Business Façade Improvement Program. This year’s commitments total $280,000 and are helping to leverage over $1.2 million in total building and façade improvements. Doubled support by the City of Indianapolis provided the financial capital for 13 additional awards over last year’s total, strengthening the program’s overall impact. Other sponsors include Chase, State Farm and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. The Small Business Façade Improvement Program is one of the largest, well-established façade initiatives in the country focusing on small … Continued

Duos Expansion Means New Jobs and More Healthy Food

Duos opens a second kitchen, continues serving healthy meals and engaging community members   This Tuesday, Duos founders Becky and David Hostetter and John Garnier celebrated the grand opening of their second permanent location at The Commonground, a brand new outdoor plaza at Eskenazi Health. Duos Kitchen is redefining gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Indianapolis, sporting a menu of locally grown ingredients infused with international flavors. Duos began in 2010 as a food truck, serving healthy street food and engaging neighbors in urban community. Two years ago, the Hostetters and Garnier opened their flagship restaurant located at 2960 N. … Continued

Neighborhood Visionary: Tabernacle Field

Just north of Downtown Indianapolis, on the corner of Central Avenue and 34th Street, sits Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1924, TAB, as it’s commonly known, is more than a place to worship on Sundays. It’s a community anchor in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood. For decades, TAB has provided a safe place for area kids—many of them from low-income homes—to play and socialize. Throughout the years the church’s large athletic field has been particularly popular among children. From early morning until late night, kids have flocked there to play lacrosse, football, soccer, and other sports. And these days, the field’s use is at … Continued

Neighborhood Visionary: Jackie Nytes

When Jackie Nytes first moved to Indianapolis’s Mapleton Fall Creek community in 1981, the neighborhood was in dire shape. Homes were vacant and abandoned, property values were low, and many residents seemed unconcerned about the state of their neighborhood. But Jackie didn’t see the Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood as a problem. She saw it as an opportunity. It was a chance to help restore one of Indianapolis’s great neighborhoods. So Jackie joined the Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation and asked the simple question: “how can I help?” It’s a question that Jackie’s still asking today—and it’s a question that the … Continued