By Mariam Lobjanidze
Aspire House Indy hosts Indy Street Fest in Tarkington Park today through the weekend. The foundation’s mission is to enhance the experiences for children, especially for those in disenfranchised communities. And the purpose of the event is to provide a safe space for minority communities and address systemic racism through opportunities for community-building.
“Today we have so many more cultures in this city. We want all people to feel welcome and good about their daily health and well-being,” CEO and Co-founder of Aspire House Foundation, Sharon Clark said.
Clark the street fair is one of many ways Aspire House Indy aims to support the mental well-being of kids from diverse cultures.
“Sports and activities in Indy Parks are an excellent way to promote mental health for all kids in Indianapolis and with this festival we are simply showing the community a glimpse of what's to come,” Clark said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the benefits of physical activity include “improved thinking or cognition for children 6 to 13 years of age and reduced short-term feelings of anxiety for adults.”
The event is free. It features a concert, Salsa dancing, free sports clinics, Hip Hop aerobics, King and Queen of the Court basketball tournament on Saturday and The Super Mario Bros movie and chess games on Sunday.
Sign-up is not required for most events. You can find more information at aspirehouse.org.