The Global Village Welcome Center in Indianapolis will receive $500,000 as part of funding secured by Congressman André Carson, 7th District. The cultural center says the funds will support youth programming to help kids learn about cultures from around the world.
The organization says the programming will offer immersive and interactive educational experiences through food, music and the arts.
“We are honored to receive this funding and grateful to Congressman André Carson for working tirelessly to support our community,” said Mary Clark, executive director of the International Marketplace Coalition. “This funding will allow us to further our mission of shrinking the globe and creating a village, educating the youth in our community about cultures from around the world.”
The funds are part of the $3.4 million allocated to the 7th District through the American Rescue Plan Act.
“I am a great supporter of its mission to make everybody feel welcome by celebrating the rich cultural tapestry of central Indiana,” said Carson. “This funding that I was honored to secure will no doubt strengthen that important work, and help more kids learn to appreciate and respect our differences.”
Programming is expected to begin next year.
The International Marketplace Coalition opened the Global Village Welcome Center in 2021. The cultural center features galleries representing all inhabited continents, an event hall, and other functional spaces.