NewsArts & Culture / October 31, 2013

Gathering Highlights Historic Area And Arts

Jill Sheridan
Gathering Highlights Historic Area And Arts

A series of events planned this weekend will celebrate the artistic heritage of a historic Indianapolis neighborhood while supporting art.   

Herron School of Art has always been one of Indianapolis' coolest schools and that legacy is part of the reason alumni are coming together to present “A Gathering of Spirits”. 

The building that once housed the art institute is of significant historical importance.  Designed by Bernard Vonnegut, on land owned by T.C. Steele, the site served as a museum and art school for much of the 20th century.   The picture from the University Library depicts the building as it stood in the '70s.  After a few years abandoned, the facility was recently renovated as a charter school. 

Gabriel Szoke, an art director and Herron grad, says the name "A Gathering of Spirits" started with the building and happened to be well timed.  

"If it wasn't for the Halloweeen theme it probably would seem a bit odd," Szoke said. 

Historic tours which kick of the event Thursday night will highlight the buildings and the old northside neighborhood. 

Szoke developed the weekend of events to benefit The Cool School Project.  With a goal of fostering the arts in school, the project will sponsor a gallery show and host a reunion party with funds going to arts-related education. 

The public is invited to attend with more details at reunionproject.org.