Art Exchange : Indianapolis

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dc.contributor.advisor Burke, John S. J. Weatherford, Cathy S. en_US 2011-06-03T19:51:03Z 2011-06-03T19:51:03Z 1983 en_US 1983
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 1983 .W42 en_US
dc.description.abstract The focus of this thesis is a design proposal which serves as a catalyst for the development of the performance and fine arts in the redeveloping urban center of Indianapolis, Indiana. The project name, "Art Exchange", embraces a dual meaning. Firstly, the name imlies an exchange of ideas and inspiration among artists of various disciplines, and among artists and the public. The second connotation is that of a place for trading merchandise of a specialized type. The unique nature of the project is that the arts are to be promoted within a commercial entity, in the same way that Indianapolis has begun marketing their amateur sports competition. This new attitude towards the arts would prove to be a mutual benefit to both the arts and the city as a whole. Through financing by state and local governments, a facility to house a healthy mix of artistic activity and commercial development would provide a rich range of activity for city residents and the tourist industry. The commercial leases provide funding for the arts, and in doing so, reduce the ever increasing pressure for funding of the arts. Conversely, as the various professional performance companies continue to gain statis, they serve to attract enthusiasts from out of town, who in turn, support the commercial entities. The retail facilities can enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the arts in the same manner that they coexist in most major metropolitan areas. From the broadest perspective, this thesis study concerns the metamorphosis of an average midwestern city, from just that, average, to a place people talk about. The first step necessary for initiating this urban "upward mobility" is to establish an image. People know New York for its skyline, big business, and high style. Indianapolis is currently trying to establish itself as the amateur sports capitol of the world. Sports facilities of superior quality have been built on the perimeter of the urban core, with the domed stadium that is under construction topping off the effort. Beyond an image, Indianapolis must seek both cultural and economic stability. The addition of top-flight athletic facilities does support the economy and satisfies a distinct need for sporting events, but this represents a limited area of cultural growth. One must consider that the averageopera fan will not accept the chants of cheerleaders as an adequate substitute for Fidelio; likewise, a ballet enthusiast would not find complete satisfaction in a gymnastics exhibition. Indianapolis must recognize the importance of cultural breadth as a key ingredient in achieving its goal.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 39 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title Art Exchange : Indianapolis en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B. Arch.)
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