With Indianapolis as a studio, students in the program will be in the city and local neighborhoods more often than the classroom. Kevin McKelvey and other faculty members have numerous, long-standing connections with schools, community centers, neighborhood associations, city parks, nonprofits, and businesses.
UIndy has committed to growing its role as an anchor on the near Southside of Indianapolis. In 2016, UIndy convened a Quality of Life Plan for the surrounding neighborhoods. Over the last year, surrounding neighborhoods have come together to create a shared plan and vision. With this framework in place, UIndy Social Practice Art students will have ample opportunity to contribute social practice and placemaking projects in conjunction with the plan’s new initiatives.
Students will also venture out to other parts of Indianapolis, including urban neighborhoods, our towns within the city like Beech Grove or Lawrence, nearby suburbs, and even rural towns only a half hour from campus.