Grant to Fund 'Arts and Entrepreneurship' Program

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The Tube Factory artspace in Indianapolis will become the fifth Speak Easy location as part of the partnership. The Tube Factory artspace in Indianapolis will become the fifth Speak Easy location as part of the partnership.

Indianapolis-based coworking network The Speak Easy has announced plans to launch an "Arts and Entrepreneurship" program, thanks to a grant from the Central Indiana Community Foundation. As part of the program, The Speak Easy has added the Tube Factory artspace as its fifth central Indiana location.

The Speak Easy says the goal of the program is to bring local artists from Big Car Collaborative together with entrepreneurs from central Indiana and "capture their unified knowledge by providing them with a common ground in which to connect, and observe the economic development produced by the collision of their visions." The $17,000 grant will fund three workshops aimed at achieving that goal.

"We believe that by intentionally convening a community of thought leaders and do-er’s, we can explore what it looks like to shape the next generation of ideators in our community," said Danielle McDowell, executive director of The Speak Easy. "This will allow us to further solve problems, provide new opportunities, and allow for explosive creative and entrepreneurial growth."

Additionally, The Speak Easy plans to invest in the local art scene by commissioning two art installments for their locations in South Broad Ripple and downtown Indianapolis.

"There are boundless opportunities for start-ups and artists to collaborate, from branding and design to establishing a creative culture," said Jim Walker, lead artist for Big Car Collaborative. "We are thrilled that Speak Easy and CICF recognize the value of art in the entrepreneurial world and we’re ready to push past the conventional wisdom together."

The partnership will also make the Tube Factory, located on the south side of Indianapolis, an outpost of The Speak Easy. Coworking members will be able to use the space the same as they would with the four other Speak Easy locations in the Indianapolis area.

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