THE HOUSE LIFE PROJECT (HLP) is a grassroots, arts-focused initiative based in an abandoned house on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Through sustained relationships with local residents, the HLP reimagines a community liability (vacant house) as a community asset (hub for arts and culture). See our focal points and value statements for more info.
PROJECTS & PROGRAMS: Have an idea? Submit a proposal here! Participants engage in a collaborative, creative and critical exploration of the vacant housing crisis from a hyperlocal, people-centered perspective. Artists, neighbors and community leaders work collaboratively to stimulate public creation and discovery, resulting in tangible outputs such as dialogical artworks and interactive art installations. Learn more about the 2017 PEOPLE + PROPERTY series here.
COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP: The HLP is defined as Social Practice, an art medium that relies on community engagement and collective experiential learning. The organizational framework is purposefully flexible, responding to the needs of the project and engaging people based on their interests and expertise. We welcome you as a participant, a volunteer, an audience member, an educator, a mentor, a community organizer, an artist, a neighbor, a program leader, a critic, a regular contributor, a one time visitor…More info about positions available here.
Meredith Brickell, founder and project leader, is an artist, educator and community organizer who lives in Woodruff Place on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Brickell is an Associate Professor of Art at DePauw University. Elle Roberts is the HLP Community Engagement Coordinator and develops programming by supporting ideas that emerge from the local community. She is also the founder of shehive, a grassroots gender equity project, and a writer and musician. Other HLP positions include a photographer/filmmaker, writer, curator, creative editor, and site caretaker.
Renew Indianapolis is a nonprofit land bank for the City of Indianapolis that works to return vacant and abandoned property to productive use. The landbank helps the HLP identify suitable houses from its inventory and offers assistance with project goals and funding. The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) brings contemporary exhibitions and programs to the Indianapolis community to stimulate minds, inspire new discoveries and demonstrate the vital connections between visual culture and life. Executive Director Paula Katz offers her expertise in contemporary art, especially her interest in community engaged art and collaborative practices.
FUNDERS: Generous financial support comes from the Efroymson Family Fund, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, DePauw University, Indiana Humanities, Eskenazi Health, Buckingham Foundation, Penrod Society, and the HLP Community.