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Election Day is Tomorrow, Make Your Voting Plan  


While many in Marion County have chosen to vote early, there are still some who prefer to vote on Election Day. Early voting ends today, November 2 and you will have just one more chance to vote tomorrow. Head to Indiana Voters to find voting locations and plan your day! Check the resources at the left for information on free rides to the polls and more.
Honoring Butler-Tarkington's Black Legacy of Achievement  


On October 23, Midtown Indy along with neighborhood leaders and guests, celebrated the dedication of an art installation on the historic Concord Building, 3802 N. Illinois, depicting accomplished individuals from the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.

The Black Legacy Project - Butler Tarkington involved nearly three years of collaboration between Midtown Indy executive director Michael McKillip and curator Sabae Martin, a long-time Butler Tarkington resident and Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association board member. They teamed up with designer Wil Marquez, owner of w/purpose design, who crafted graphics of physician Harvey Middleton, Rep. Hariette Conn, and Dr. George Rawls and others as well as inspirational quotes from local luminaries such as jazz musician Wes Montgomery, poet Mari Evans, and Rep. Julia Carson.

The installation adorns the second floor windows of the Concord Building, which Midtown Indy owns. "The Concord Building has borne witness at 38th and Illinois in our community for nearly a century. It has served as a place for gathering. Along the way it has witnessed many triumphs and challenges and now will help us tell the stories of those whose triumphs came despite great adversity," says McKillip.

"Collaborative design can help cities heal," Marquez said during the dedication ceremony held in the building's parking lot. In her brief remarks, Martin called the collaboration, "A labor of love," that combats cultural amnesia. "What we see on the nightly news about this neighborhood is not what it's about," she said, adding, "This installation brings the best part of the past together so we can see what is possible."

In sharing the images and words of neighbors who overcame structural racist practices like redlining and Jim Crow, Martin observed that the individuals depicted in the display who persevered and thrived represented, "the greatness of the community."

The installation is intentionally forward looking and includes images of young people in the neighborhood who aspire to work in the fields of journalism, sports, and business.
Business Grants Update
 
The HELP Grant will provide rent or mortgage assistance up to $25,000 for restaurants, bars, live entertainment venues, and other businesses that pay Food & Beverage Tax. Applications close November 6, learn more.

Last week, the Winter Assistance Program launched providing grants for businesses specifically restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues to purchase supplies to enable outdoor dining in the coming winter months. This grant will reimburse up to $2500 for expenses related to winter preparedness during the pandemic. This includes the purchase of heaters, outdoor seating capacity, canopies, and other necessary PPE. Applications close November 20, learn more.
City "Reimagining the Curb" to Repurpose BlueIndy Stations
 
Last month, the City of Indianapolis announced details of the "Reimagining the Curb" public engagement effort, which invites resident feedback on ideas for repurposing the underground connections to power available at former BlueIndy sites. 

The centerpiece of the engagement is an electronic survey to gauge public support of ideas submitted this summer as part of a Request for Information. The survey is available for all Indy residents here. Property owners adjacent to former BlueIndy sites will also be engaged to ensure they are aware of opportunities to provide their ideas and feedback.
Indianapolis Public Library Updates

As of Wednesday, November 4, The Indianapolis Public Library's 9 locations that currently offer Sunday service will temporarily discontinue Sunday hours, and all locations will shift Tuesday hours to noon- 8 p.m. The decision comes from Library leadership in an effort to ease cross-location staffing concerns due to COVID-19 and to identify an adjustment that would be least disruptive for patrons. More details here.

Midtown locations in Glendale and the InfoZone at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis are affected by changes to the Sunday hours, so take note! Curbside pickup will continue at all locations every day except Sunday from noon- 5 p.m. Stay up to date on location closures here.
Indy Jazz Fest Goes Virtual 

This year's Indy Jazz Fest, while being presented virtually, promises an exciting glimpse at Indy's musical talents. There are four nights of Indiana jazz to be aired starting Friday, November 13 and continuing on November 14, 20, and 21. All events are free, but donations are encouraged to offset the loss of in-person ticket sales. Learn more and make a donation.
Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash 

The Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash is taking place on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 26. There will be two rolling start times at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with each wave being limited to 3,000 participants. A virtual option is also available. Check here for updates as the race approaches and to register.
Sahm's Coffee Cake Club 

The classic Sahm's coffee cake you know and love is now getting a monthly makeover. As a member of the coffee cake club, you will receive a curated cake each month featuring seasonal flavors nestled in the sour cream cake. Support local with a monthly gift to a friend, client family, or of course, yourself! 
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