Congratulations to the
2022 Neighbor Power Indy Community Awardees!
Building Local Economy
Mike's Variety Store
Mr. Mike started a convenience store in his house on LaSalle to assist his neighborhoods with basic household items. Mr. Mike found himself assisting his neighbors with food items such as milk, sugar, flour, and toiletries. After realizing that he had given out most of his own food, he began purchasing items to sell at an affordable cost. As sales grew Mr. Mike purchased a building to better meet his neighbor’s needs. Mr. Mike participates with the Summer feed program which provides free meals to the youth in the community, and partners with MLT Outreach Center, Brightwood Community Center, and other local grassroots organizations.
Memory Keepers Project
Memory Keepers is an exhibit, online collection, and community conversation to record, elevate, and archive the histories of neighbors who have lived, worked, and played in Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition (TANC) neighborhoods for generations. The TANC Neighborhoods are Christian Park, Prospect Falls, Norwood, SouthEast Community Organization, and Twin Aire. These small and often overlooked neighborhoods are filled with people of diverse backgrounds – Black, Hispanic/Latinx, White, old, young, immigrant – and all have stories to tell about the changes in neighborhood through the years, and stories that should be shared with others. In 2021, Memory Keepers featured a gallery in Twin Aire with portraits and recorded interviews of community “memory keepers“, alongside a community conversation and panel featuring the neighbors who serve as the “memory keepers” of the area. The primary partners of this project were neighbors and neighborhood leadership, artist Kaila Austin, and Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND); this project was made possible thanks to a generous grant from LISC.