An event producer and curator who advocates for Indy’s cultural class via his company, Lari Pati.
It came from a playlist series I started when I revamped the website for my now-defunct clothing store, Roxbury Bodega, in 2014. The idea was music would play as you browsed. Each week would have a different set of curated songs. I wanted to create a block party vibe and was inspired by Caribbean culture. The name Lari Pati is “street party” in Haitian Creole.
The mission is helping move the focus of economic development from STEM to STEAM, “A” for Arts. It’s important for kids in Indianapolis to see that it’s possible to have a fruitful career within the arts and creative industry as a whole. Growing up, the arts and creative ventures weren’t as encouraged or pushed as “worthwhile” pursuits, given the odds or perceived high risk of success. Simply, many didn’t see people within the creative community here have success, so they believed energy was better spent in a profession with a “guaranteed” chance of success.
The goal is by changing the perception of the creative community, we will become a promising industry for the city of Indianapolis in the same vein as sports and tech, which have brought many visitors and transplants. When you see someone else succeed, it gives confidence that you can succeed, too.
It’s evolved, but tapping into what’s going on, particularly locally, then pitching and writing about it. I’m actually helping with a new project over there called Supply, which will be a much more targeted outlet run by those of the community and not just from it.
It changes with the seasons, but right now Thai Town in the International Marketplace. It has a calming ambience with great food. I’d recommend the summer rolls and pad Thai. Noodles extra hot for a little kick.
It depends, but Petra Cafe on Mass Ave is my go-to after a good night. Best shawarma in the city.
My favorite neighborhood is where our creative community is able to work and thrive. In recent years, that has been Fountain Square. So many memories and epic moments that were made because of that neighborhood. We made it as cool as it is, the talent! It’s important people never forget that.
Our shops above, then show them our cultural districts and give them the 411 on how locals enjoy themselves. I never turn down an opportunity to show off the culture we’ve been building here. One district I’m looking forward to is Indiana Avenue where the Madam Walker Legacy Center is. So much history is there.
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