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Indy LISC staff lends a hand

Thanks to Groundwork Indy for organizing a great project last Friday, including a trash pickup along historic Burdsal Boulevard and renewing a community garden at Riverside Community Center.

Donate to help build the River West Multi-Generational Art Park

Great Places 2020 has joined forces with Patronicity to create a crowdfunding project in River West. The River West Multi-Generational Art Park, located at 518 N. Pershing Avenue is envisioned to be a place where youth and the young at heart gather to observe and appreciate public art and engage in interactive activities that stimulate their minds. The space will feature a vibrant wall art on the adjacent building, native plantings, attractive lighting fixtures and furnishings that inspire conversations and social interaction. The Project The mural will be designed with input and inspiration from neighbors of all ages.  It will … Continued

Great Places 2020 Plans Unveiled

Thank you to all who attended last night’s Great Places 2020 Neighborhood Plan Unveiling! With more than 550 residents, business owners and community partners in attendance, the event truly was a success.  Also, a big thank you to the host of the evening’s event – James Whitcomb Riley School #43. Each Great Place unveiled their area’s Strategic Plan, please see below for links to these visions. $84 million committed to Great Places 2020 Great Places 2020 has structured initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. To date, more than $84 million has been committed to the three Great Places … Continued

Great Places 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign: Indy Steelers

Great Places 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign: Indy Steelers Click here to learn more and donate We are the Indy Steelers, a youth football program for ages 7-14 based out of Tarkington Park at 39th & Illinois.  Every week our team keeps these youth off the streets, making friends, and learning skills like teamwork & strategy they can use in school and life.  Now is the time for you to help us take it to the next level. Beyond a love of the game, the teammates have faced a great deal of adversity over the past few seasons, but still managed to compete … Continued

Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Video

The Mass Ave Industrial Corridor is a legacy industrial district near Downtown Indianapolis that has been targeted for revitalization. There are many small manufacturers with a long history in the area but an influx of new artisan manufacturers and makers are starting to call this Industrial Corridor home. This short video created by Yardbox Films, shares a glimpse of people working, products being, and policy considerations that are all reshaping the area.

Great Places 2020 Plan Unveiling Moved to May 10

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Great Places 2020 Neighborhood Plans Unveiling has been moved: WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. Short program will begin at 5 p.m. WHERE: James Whitcomb Riley School 43, 150 W 40th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Please click here to RSVP for update your response: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-places-2020-neighborhood…

Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs

Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs Farm 365, located in the Englewood Village neighborhood, seeks to be a small part of the solution of the food desert problem on the Near East side. It is focused on year round production and year round employment. Growing fresh, flavorful produce, grown by and for the local community, as well as re-purposing buildings, adding value to urban neighborhoods and directly creating 11 jobs. LISC Indianapolis provided a $20,000 facade improvement grant for Farm 365 and a $99,750 project initiation loan to support this project.

Donor Highlight: INHP Catalyst Grants

Donor Highlight: INHP Catalyst Grants In 2015, through the generous support of Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), a $18,000 Catalyst Grant was awarded to the Martin Luther King Center in Mid-North to support the Family & Neighborhood Advocate project, a service delivery model for families and children. This project provides intensive head-of-household services including workforce development, connections to education resources, income supports and financial management and will target families of School #43. Thank you INHP for your generous support!

Indy Convergence makes Near West home

Indy Convergence, a non-profit Indianapolis arts organization dedicated to the growth of artists, has made its home at 2611 W. Michigan in the Near West neighborhood. Indy Convergence brings together a groups of professional artists from around the world to collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects, teach workshops and explore how to best interact with communities. Click here to learn more about this wonderful organization!

38th and Shine project wins $10,000 grant

Congratulations to Stefan Eicher who won the #LOVEat38th 5 x 5 contest for his project, 38th & Shine. Stefan received $10,000 to organize an event on May 7 to break the record for the most sparklers lit. The 5×5 event was a contest sponsored by LISC to foster community building and art-focused innovations in selected Great Places neighborhoods.

No Mean City launched in Near West

On Feb. 25, Indianapolis residents gathered at 1899 Indy in the Near West neighborhood to help launch No Mean City, a collaborative,  non-partisan effort to tell the real stories of life  in Indianapolis – a citizens’ guide to community, culture, schools, and housing  in Marion County. The project aims to entice people of all ages, from all over, to live in Indianapolis, building the tax base and ensuring the future economic health of the city. Learn more about No Mean City or follow the conversation on Twitter: @nomeancity

Work for a great place in a Great Place!

Midtown Indy is hiring a Program and Event Coordinator. The position is focused on fundraising, event coordination, meeting support, communications and marketing. Click here for details and application information.

Near Eastside neighborhood gathered to discuss innovation in local school

On Jan. 30, 250 Near Eastside neighbors and local leaders gathered at an Education Summit at School 15 to brainstorm ideas on how they could better serve their students and community. The neighborhood has created a steering committee to work on school issues that includes members from the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Englewood Community Development Corporation, Near East Area Renewal, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Englewood Christian Church. Click here to read about this issue on Chalkbeat Indiana.

East Washington and Oxford: Winning Creative Placemaking projects announced

Neighbors met last week at Englewood Recreation Indianapolis to unveil the winning Creative Placemaking projects. There was a great mix of funded projects including two neighbors within 1/4 mile of the Great Place neighborhood, three Near Eastsiders and two additional Indianapolis-area recipients. More than $17,000 in grants were awarded including:   * Englewood International Amateur Film Festival by Jennifer Hutchinson * Summer Concert Series by Amber Lanman, Tracy Aldrich, Todd Burleson and Andy May * Notes to Self mural by Emily Gable and Paul Pelsue * T-Shirt Design Competition and Printing by Cat Head Press Additional selected projects for a … Continued

Feb. 18: Creative Placemaking Projects Unveiled, East Washington and Oxford

Near Eastside Neighbors, please join us this Thursday, February 18 for a Launch Party: Great Places Near Eastside at Englewood Recreation Indianapolis 5 p.m.: Cake and punch reception 6 p.m.: Announce the winning proposals for Great Places Near Eastside creative placemaking projects!