Hundreds gather downtown to March for Science

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — People around the globe hit the streets Saturday for a march for science.

March For Science

The main march was in Washington, but it spread to more than 600 marches worldwide.

One of those happened right here in Indianapolis. Hundreds started at the Statehouse then walked to Military Park.

Across the country, scientists are concerned that President Trump’s budget cuts will impact research and science-based policy.

Organizers of the marches say Saturday’s marches are the first step to defend the vital role science plays in out everyday lives.

“The goal here is to help communicate to people how science impacts their lives every day, to help people realize that this is something we have to go out and support,” said Rufus Cochran, co-chair of March for Science Indianapolis.

“Without science we don’t have medicine, we don’t have technology, we don’t have any of it. I think we need to support science,” said Mandy Armitage, who came out to support the event.

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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.