We’re excited to welcome our first two Public Space Fellows to the team! They will spend the next six months focused on developing activities and partnerships in Lugar Plaza, the Downtown Canal, and Georgia Street, while working to make downtown Indianapolis and the Cultural Trail more interactive, inclusive, and accessible to all.
Read on to learn more about one of our fellows, Kendall Antron.
Where did you grow up? I grew up on the northwest side of Indianapolis. When I was younger my family lived in the Broad Ripple area, until we moved to Pike township where I spent a large majority of my adolescence.
What’s your educational background? I attended Howard University, an HBCU located in Washington, DC. I studied Fine Arts with a concentration in Theatre.
What compelled you to apply for the fellowship? I have always had a passion for public spaces, and how it relates to our overall quality of life. I applied for the fellowship because I wanted to use my lived experiences to work with the Cultural Trail and bring awareness to the many hidden gems Indianapolis has. I am also very passionate about equity, accessibility, and working to create programming that engages all members of our community.
What specific areas will you be focused on? I am focused on public programming & engagement. I intend on using the time allotted during the fellowship to create projects that raise visibility, engagement, and awareness of the many aspects of the Cultural Trail.
What are you most looking forward to during your fellowship? I am very excited about engaging with the community, listening & learning via feedback, and creating programming that allows everyone to enjoy the spaces equally.
What can we find you doing outside of work? I am the creator & host of the Made in Indy podcast, a weekly show where I chat with the artists, entrepreneurs, and creators of the Circle City. You can check it out wherever you listen to podcasts or head over to MadeInIndyPodcast.com.
What’s your favorite place to spend time downtown and why? I really love Georgia Street. There is some much life, vibrancy, and movement there.
What’s your favorite spot to grab a bite to eat in Indy? I am a huge fan of The Missing Brick pizza & Chef Oya’s The TRAP seafood.
Favorite place you’ve ever traveled? Tokyo, Japan.
Learn more about Public Space Fellow, Luis Garcia, here.