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ORGANIZERS

Cheria Caldwell 
Devon Ginn 

Creative Placemaking & Engagement

 

Cheria's brings over 10 years of community engagement experience and creative placemaking to the Far Eastside of Indianapolis. She is a Far Eastside resident born and raised. She is passionate and driven to improve the quality of life in her community. Cheria is a proud graduate of Arlington High school. She later obtained a Bachelor's degree from Indiana State University in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University. Cheria is currently the Director of Community Engagement at CAFE, the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside. Cheria works

closely with resident and collective partner groups such as the Far Eastside Community Council, Far Eastside Collective Impact Council and Resident Leaders/Connectors on projects and events they envision. Within her short time at CAFE she has worked with residents, grassroots organizations and stakeholders to kickoff the 1st Annual Far Eastside Festival, Far Eastside Food Truck Fest, Far Eastside Community Clean-up, 465 underpass mural, and the Kaboom Playground and Greenspace at Capital City Church of Christ. She also acts as the community liaison communicating with the City County Councils and Mayor's Neighborhood Advocate to continue dialogue and information sharing among residents and city officials on initiatives and issues that impact the Far Eastside.

Visual Arts 

Devon Ginn (he/him/they/them) is the Visual Art & Entertainment Curator at the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center. Ginn also serves as the vice president of the board at the Indiana Writers Center. This Indianapolis native is an Arts 

Council of Indianapolis 2020-2021 Creative Renewal Fellow, a placekeeper+ placesaver, a 200-hour yoga & meditation teacher training student with Communities Rizing, a sound alchemist with Haven Yoga Studio, and a published poet. As a freelance teaching artist, Ginn travels from state-to-state implementing his performance poetry and creative writing workshops. Deliberately collaborating with ground-breaking institutions at the forefront of change, his work as a visual artist, writer, nonprofit administrator, and performance artist is a reflection of all his learned and unlearned experiences.

Danicia Malone

Arts & Urban Planning 

 

Danicia Monét is an arts & culture ambassador and urban planner pursuing her PhD on the User-Experience of Race at Temple University and the Researcher/Programs Director & Curator at the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. Her applied research is based on the context of Race & Space –Growing Critical Cultural Capacity in the Built Environment. As a fellow with Americans for the Arts for the Arts and Transportation for America she challenges the ideas of public space and place-making to encourage a people-centric status quo. Danicia holds a Bachelor in Urban Planning and Spanish & a Masters in Nonprofit Management with a focus on global relations and sustainability. She is a creative director, interaction designer and planner based in Indianapolis, IN with ongoing projects in Monteverde,

CR, and Dallas, TX.

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