LH: I’m the Lead Designer at Richard Harrison Bailey / The Agency. I also moonlight as a Lecturer of Journalism and a Lecturer of Fine Art at Franklin College.
TL: Lecturer in Fine Art Photography at Franklin College
What neighborhood do you live in?
We’re spitting distance from Glendale in an adorable mid-century modern home, nurtured by Chris Turner of uTopos Garden Concepts. We’re grateful to live in a place with so many trees, so close to the city.
What is the most inspiring place in Indianapolis?
LH: Other than Tim Lisko’s office, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is the most inspiring place in the city. If that doesn’t do the trick, then it’s the gift shop at the IMA. And then Landmark Keystone Arts for some cinema and caramel corn—works every time.
TL: Any place that shows the city’s commitment to the arts and public space. People in other cities seem to have separated art from productivity and profit. To know that Indianapolis sees both aesthetic and economic value in art makes me love it more.
Why do you support Keep Indianapolis Beautiful?
LH: I’ve been a fan of KIB ever since Eric Kass designed the logo. I thought it was beautiful, and when I discovered what the logo was for, I loved it even more. Originally, I wanted to volunteer just so I could have merch with the logo, but now I support KIB because what they do is so wonderful, and its people are simply the best. I’m not a huge fan of digging around in the dirt, but when it’s for KIB, I don’t seem to mind so much.
TL: I feel strange in places without enough trees. There’s a wrongness to it that I can’t put into words.
What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community?
LH: KIB’s affect on the community is nothing short of ginormous. I smile every time I drive on I70, and I can’t wait to see it flourish in the next few years. I’ve always thought of Indianapolis as a pretty special city: a hidden gem in the Midwest. KIB is one of the things that makes Indianapolis so special. I love how it brings together all sorts of folks who really love this place—who care about making it a better city for everyone. And we can’t wait to show it off.
TL: I think it’s an extension of the impact it has on volunteers. Working together on something good creates community. When everybody’s working hard – shoveling, hauling, pulling weeds – it’s so much easier to remember that we all live here; that we’re all in this together.
What else are you involved in within the community?
We are diligent supporters of the Indiana High School Journalism Institute, and the Indiana High School Press Association and their First Amendment Symposium. We also gladly support Circle City Pride, NPR, and most Blue folks running for office.
Why would you encourage others to support KIB?
LH: Everyone should support KIB. I feel like everyone we know does, so we must be doing something right. =)
TL: People just need nature. There was a project once where a group put a patch of grass in the middle of the city. There weren’t signs that told the passersby what to do or how to feel about it. But people stopped. They took off their shoes. They put down their briefcases and stopped rushing from place to place, and just took a break. Like I said, we need that. It’s not a luxury, it’s fundamental to who we are.