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Charles Cooper

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  • donated 2020-05-05 12:27:30 -0400

    Giving Tuesday Now

    $15,425.00 raised
    GOAL: $15,000.00

    May 6, 2020 Update:

    We have surpassed our $15,000 goal!
    We had 105 donors participate in our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign!
    34 of those were NEW donors to the Art Center.

    This was the largest day of giving the Indianapolis Art Center has ever seen (outside of fundraising events)! 

    Thank you to all who donated this #GivingTuesdayNow!




    We need your help.

    On a more “typical” day, the Art Center is dedicated to our mission to inspire creative expression in people of all ages. We offer classes serving hundreds of students in our 14 university-level studios, award-winning outreach programs like ArtReach sites across the Indianapolis area for students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to art education, an ongoing rotation of free exhibitions, and extensive grounds open to the public.


    But today is different.

    As a nonprofit organization which regularly employs working artists and faculty, groundskeepers, and staff, we are struggling. COVID-19 has forced our building to close, entire semesters of classes cancelled, and annual events like the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair called off.  

    The impact of these decisions has an extensive reach. Without classes, a building, and regular operations, our 75+ art instructors and more than half our administrative staff have been laid off, and artists are unable to exhibit their works on our walls. To lessen the deep economic repercussions, the entire remaining staff has taken significant salary reductions. Without events like the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair, countless artists and artisans have been left without an opportunity to share their creations with thousands of patrons.


    Our mission is still as strong as ever.

    We are confident in our ability to advance our mission, even from afar. We are pivoting to virtual classes and providing as many options to connect with our community as we can, but we still need your help.

    We’re calling on our community to support us during this time of uncertainty. Your generosity today will help us return to “normal” faster once we can reopen our doors. Please consider donating whatever you can to provide critical relief to the Indianapolis Art Center.


    How to Help

    All donations will be designated for General Operating Support, which supports all of our programming and operational needs.


  • donated 2019-03-28 11:35:39 -0400

    ArtTroop Fundraiser - Empowering veterans & active service members through art making

    $14,683.55 raised
    GOAL: $15,000.00

    ArtTroop Fundraiser

    “…ArtTroop can provide us with a safe space to share our own struggles, and I hope that we can all discover some personal strength that we may have forgotten that we each have.”

    -ArtTroop applicant


    Building on the tradition of the Art Center’s annual Veterans Art Day, we are proud to offer ArtTroop.

    ArtTroop is a free bi-monthly art class that meets from January – October of each year. ArtTroop empowers military veterans and active service members by telling their stories through art making. Participants of this program have been building their existing artistic skills and learning new skills in a variety of art media.

    ArtTroop empowers military veterans and active service members by telling their stories through art making. By way of discussion, close collaboration, and a creative outlook, ArtTroop has developed a group of dedicated students who have created strong connections to one another and to the Art Center.

    Programs like ArtTroop are at the core of the Indianapolis Art Center’s mission. To make this program accessible, all materials and equipment are provided at no cost to the students—which means the future of ArtTroop relies on your donations.

    Just within its first year, the ArtTroop students have formed a strong sense of community within their classroom by supporting one another in their efforts to create artwork. With the theme of “evolution” in mind, their annual exhibition, this year entitled ArtTroop: Transformance, explores how the creative process can express the progression of triumphs, hardships, and community that come with being a military veteran.

    We are pushing ourselves to raise $15,000 this year:

    • $12,000 in order to fully fund ArtTroop for the next year, which will allow us to expand the program to 15 students
    • $3,000 to support the Art Center’s overall studios, classes, and programs

    We must raise $15,000 by December 1, 2019 in order for the next ArtTroop session to begin in January, 2020. Donate online today by filling out the form to the left, or mail in a donation to:

    Indianapolis Art Center
    Attn: ArtTroop Fundraiser
    820 E 67th St, Indianapolis IN 46220


    See how ArtTroop has impacted its participants:



    My pieces are reconstructions and fusions of dreams, daydreams, and personal visualizations of themes at the edges of my mainstream experience and consciousness. My group of works are combinations of my favorite working media, including graphic arts, photography, printing, and drawing. The goal was to create a seamless fusion of the media into the current images, taking advantage of strengths that each of the types have to offer.


    As the finished images are collections of fragments, they represent a journey much like the visual experiences I have while day dreaming. The various completed compositions are tied together by the reoccurring motif of nine spheres in phases that represent transitional evolutions.


    Creating these works constituted an ongoing internal dialog in the graphic domain as a means of documenting the flashes of symbolic events that came to mind as part of each collective image. Each successive piece is also part of an ongoing lesson in developing visual conversational skills, and finding connections that can be progressed into future works.




    For the ArtTroop exhibition I chose to work in various mediums but within a single unified theme of the poppy. Poppies symbolize military sacrifice, yet their bold color radiates a sense of hope. My artwork represents rebuilding, repairing and putting pieces and parts together to form a whole.


    Shattered Poppies is a stained-glass mosaic. To me the mosaic represents making sense of broken pieces. Woven Poppies is a paper weaving in which I reclaimed military uniforms as art. The paper was handmade of uniforms worn by my husband, my son, and myself. This process of deconstructing and reconstructing is multilevel; used to create handmade paper from our uniforms as well as the tearing and weaving of the paper to create the finished product. This piece symbolizes the many levels of our intertwined and interwoven lives as family and as Soldiers. Copper Poppies is another play on the poppy theme. I used clay to sculpt and glaze the blossoms which were then affixed to reclaimed wood from my family farm. I like the interplay of the contrasts in the textures of the time and weather worn wood, the warm glow of the copper and the cool smoothness of the poppies. I used an assortment of various pieces that, when combined, form a whole.


    “Making” is about much more than just the finished piece; to me the process itself is equally as important. When I’m working with my hands it allows me to retreat to a quieter, calmer mind and I become more at peace. It gives me a sense of purpose, control and meaning as well as bringing me balance and joy. It’s a healing process accomplishing much more than just the finished product.


    My goal for this exhibit was to show that you can put “pieces” together in a way that forms a “whole”, much in the same way that after a traumatic experience, veterans piece their lives back together.