Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative, in partnership with Indy Bike Hub YMCA, and with support from the City of Indianapolis, Downtown Indy, Southwest Airlines Co., and Project for Public Spaces, will activate “Sparket” at Indianapolis City Market and Monument Circle.
A ten-week programming and community engagement intensive, “Sparket” aims to provide placemaking and other community activities to activate two of downtown Indianapolis’ great public spaces.
Visitors to Indianapolis City Market’s East Plaza on Wednesday will be able to shop the Original Farmers’ Market, engage with Big Car’s Wagon of Wonders, get in a workout with the Indy Bike Hub YMCA, catch a performance by an American Pianist Association award recipient, or play games and activities including corn hole, ping pong, lawn checkers and more.
A collaborative partnership between Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative, “Sparket” is a revival of Big Car’s wildly successful “Spark on Monument Circle” in 2015. Focusing on two key public spaces in downtown Indianapolis this year, “Sparket” aims to rejuvenate Monument Circle and Indianapolis City Market’s East Plaza, by activating both public spaces and the connecting Market St. corridor to create a “placemaking corridor”.
Through new partnerships with the Indy Bike Hub YMCA, Christ Cathedral Church and the American Pianist Association, programming efforts will be supplemented and further bolstered on Monument Circle and East Plaza to provide a broad segment of placemaking activities to the community. The latest programming development comes from the American Pianist Association and includes the donation of two pianos refurbished by local artists Rita Spaulding and Quincy Owens located on Indianapolis City Market’s East and West Plazas available for play by the public.
“Sparket” is generously funded through Southwest Airlines’ Heart of the Community grant, a $220,000 monetary and technical support grant that enables Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative – as partner organizations – to jointly implement plans to engage the community be reimagining historic sites as key public spaces in the “heart” of Indianapolis.
Through a shared vision of placemaking that connects City Market and Monument Circle in the developing Market East District of downtown Indianapolis, Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative aim to strengthen connections between people and place – generating a greater sense of belonging and inclusion through the co-creation of great public spaces where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.
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