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TTK: City Songs



TTKs are Sky Blue Window's 'Things to Know,' events, ideas and cultural creations that we think are worthy of your time and attention.

The practice of Placemaking typically involves using public spaces to promote connected neighborhoods, individual health, welcoming public spaces and a lot of planning. But City Gallery, "Indy's Urban Living Center," at the Harrison Center for the Arts is promoting Placemaking in a different way - by connecting culture to positive community outcomes.

This summer, City Gallery intern and Chattanooga transplant Paul Smallman is writing a song a week, all focused on the Circle City. Call it "aural urban Placemaking," if you like. The songs aim to tell the stories of urban Indianapolis, from Robert Kennedy's speech in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination to living on Bellefontaine Street. He's four songs into the venture, and you can listen to all the songs on City Gallery's SoundCloud page.

This project and many other City Gallery efforts are supported by a recently awarded $100,000 grant from ArtPlace, an impressive investment in Indianapolis' creative placemaking.

See also: Kyle Ragsdale's latest exhibit Dream Boats, currently on display at City Gallery. Ragsdale's paintings feature a range of characters, from top-hatted gentleman to mermaids, in boats floating over Indianapolis' landmark buildings.

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