The Efroymson Family Fund has awarded $150,000 to a big quality of place effort in Indianapolis. The funding will support Big Car Collaborative’s art-based revitalization effort in Garfield Park on the south side of the city.
The project will also help Big Car finish the Tube Factory, which will be a community gathering space, art exhibition area and cooperative workshop. The organization also hopes to develop a sound-based commercial building and artist housing.
Big Car is an artist-led nonprofit placemaking and community arts organization. The $150,000 grant is the largest foundation gift ever received by Big Car, which was founded in 2004. It was originally an all-volunteer organization, but now employs 10 workers and has an annual operating budget of $1.3 million.
The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation has also committed $35,000 to the Tube Factory renovation. Big Car says it has now raised more than $800,000 of its $1.5 million goal for the overall Garfield Park project.