Warhol Foundation soups up Big Car’s budget with 2-year grant

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Indianapolis-based arts organzation Big Car has scored an $80,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which it will use to beef up its programs.

Big Car, with a full-time staff of seven, will use the two-year grant to “expand its projects, further its artist-in-residency program, and offer additional opportunities in Indianapolis for local and national artists,” according to an announcement from the group.

In the near future, its projects will include pop-up art spaces around the Lafayette Square area (where Big Car ran its own gallery from 2011 to 2014) and a spring collaboration with 2013 Warhol grant recipient the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art on “We Build Excitement,” a show involving Pontiac cars.

The organization also plans on focusing more attention in 2015 on the Garfield Park neighborhood and, in a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library, pairing its DoSeaum mobile art experience unit with the library’s Bookmobile for visits to apartment buildings in underserved areas of the city.

The mission of the New York City-based Andy Warhol Foundation is to encourage and assist “the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature.”

Big Car, founded in 2004, focuses on staging diverse and participatory arts events across the Indianapolis area with an eye toward invigorating public spaces and strengthening neighborhoods. It anticipates a total budget of about $700,000 in 2015.


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