If you haven’t been out to Service Center at Lafayette Square on Indianapolis’s northwest side, tonight’s the night.
Service Center is a community art center located in a old Firestone auto repair facility. It’s home to Big Car–Indianapolis’s innovative art and community-building collective. (Also Second Story, which offers creative writing programs for kids.) With its colorful murals, a large raised-bed parking lot garden, and a pop-up pocket park, you can’t miss it. (It sits directly north of Don’s Guns. You might say that, in terms of what citizens can partake of to make the world a better place, it provides an alternative to Don’s Guns.)
Over the last three months, Big Car, in partnership with Second Story, the Latino Youth Collective, and the performance group Know No Stranger, has worked with kids and adults to gather more than 300 stories from people live, work, and shop in the Lafayette Square. The stories focused on an object or wish that was important to the person sharing. Most often, strangers interviewed each other, as photographers and videographers — some of them kids — also took portraits of each person who shared.
Then local artists and drawing students at Ivy Tech Community College illustrated the stories with sketches. Tonight, all the stories and photos and videos and drawings come together for Square Share. There’s an open house from 5 – 9 p.m. that’s free to attend; the show will remain up through June 30 if you can’t make it tonight.
But make it tonight. The art is quirky and cool, the stories are fabulous, and the connections–strangers of all ages and races and creeds recognizing each other as friends and neighbors–are remarkable.