I am an Instructor at the Art Institute of Indianapolis and a designer for Caccia Custom Cars – a luxury sports car manufacturer here in Indianapolis.
How long have you been volunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful?
My first project was shortly after moving into the Fountain Square neighborhood about 2 years ago. A group of faculty and students from the Art Institute spent an afternoon cleaning up reclaimed sections of the RCA dome roof. Fascinating material. I can’t wait to see how the Indy Parks shade structures planned for that material turn out.
Why do you choose to partner with KIB on projects?
Tammy Stevens (volunteer coordinator) laughs at my jokes. How could you NOT want to partner with KIB?
Indianapolis is a world-class city. I’m a farm boy from Illinois that has traveled a bit, and lived in L.A. for a few years. I live here because I want to. Indianapolis is a city that works hard to be a great place to live. The people here are great. KIB is where it all comes together…Good people cooperating, working hard and working smart.
What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community?
KIB is a big part of why this is a world-class city. It makes that intangible “good people” thing very tangible. Additionally, working with KIB builds community.
Tell us about yourself?
I am a 2000 graduate of Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. I am originally from Table Grove, Illinois (find that on a map – it’s fun!). My first job out of college brought me to Indianapolis, where I met my wife, Michele. After a two-year stint at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, Michele and I moved back to Indy where we have settled down in Fountain Square and started a family. We have three children; Anna, Evan, and Noah.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer with KIB?
Well, there’s Tammy Stevens…