About Indy Convergence
We want to make Indianapolis a greater part of the national conversation on the arts by living our four tenets: Collaborate. Learn. Share. & Teach. These ideas aren’t abstractions for us because we believe art is a tool for bringing artists and communities together as a harbinger of change.
Here’s a little insight into how we spend our time:
- Hosting artists from across the globe for our annual residency.
- Hanging art in our gallery.
- Throwing block parties with our neighbors.
- Teaching creative workshops.
- Modeling and encouraging mutual mentorship in artistic and community projects
- Building relationships between local business owners.
- & Providing community flex space.
The beauty is: if you dream it, we’ll try to help you do it.
How it all began
The Indy Convergence started between three artists while working at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2007. At the close of the season, the trio wanted to provide a safe place to create and experiment without fear of failure, to develop their teaching skills for a broader audience and to collaborate more successfully across disciplines. They decided to meet once a year to work on interdisciplinary projects. The idea was simple, half local, half out of town artists would “converge” on Indianapolis for two weeks. The Indy Convergence developed a special way of taking artistic projects to their next step by fostering an immersive, collaborative, process driven environment that allows artists to experiment freely with no pressure to produce polished projects.
Today Indy Convergence is firmly rooted in the Near West area in Indianapolis. We work closely with all four Near West neighborhoods, the ROW White River Steering committee, Great Places 2020 and other local initiatives to utilize artists in asset based community development work. We still and always will host our annual residency program where professional artists can create, learn, share and teach with their peers.
Indy Convergence also holds close relationships with Sa-K-La-K-Wel community center and Jacmel Arts Center in Haiti. We facilitate arts programs by creating opportunities for artist exchange and host a wide collection of art work from Jacmel Arts Center in our Indianapolis location.
The Indy Convergence strives to embolden and connect artists and communities from all backgrounds to each other in an inclusive, collaborative environment. We believe in the power of artists as creatives, teachers, citizens and storytellers who can help shape our communities alongside residents to develop lasting change. Our programs from professional development intensives to community engagement projects put “Artists at Work” to their fullest potential.