Big Car renovating houses for artists

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) – Artists in Indianapolis looking for a place to live have one month left to apply for a unique opportunity.

Big Car Collaborative is establishing an affordable housing option in the Garfield Park neighborhood for local artists.

They’re working with two other organizations to renovate and sell the homes as an affordable option.

They’re renovating 10 homes on the city’s south side.

They say artists are usually transient: coming and going in a short matter of time, and only staying long enough to work on a single project.

But now with a possibility of home ownership, they’re hoping they’ll stay for a while.

Artists of all types are welcome to apply for the affordable housing.

They say this is a way for them to have even more of a lasting impact in the community.

“We’re sort of preparing a model that helps artists along that journey. So what does it mean to be a homeowner in the long run? What does it mean to have a mortgage? What does it mean to take care of your property?” said Danicia Monet of Big Car. “I think it’s going to be really, really unique to see what happens a year from now when all the houses are full of artists doing all different types of crafts.”

Big Car moved their headquarters to Garfield Park last year.

They’re working with the Riley Area Development Corp and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership to purchase the houses and renovate them.

The deadline to apply is April 14.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.