Don’t be surprised if you see strangers gathering around a blue table to socialize and play games together. That’s because the Turquoise Table movement, a national project to create community among residents and visitors, is happening in Hamilton County with the help of local art leaders.
The Turquoise Table movement focuses on clustering a series of tables to become a meeting place — like the old village well used to be — where people can come together to hang out and “do life together.”
The tables offer games like Jenga, chess and checkers, and are positioned around Hamilton County’s five participating communities: Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield. They will be moved around in order to engage many different groups of people.
“The project is the first cross-community collaborative arts initiative in Hamilton County and is a reminder as to how important community and neighborhood conversations are,” says Brenda Myers, CEO and president of Hamilton County Tourism, which sponsored the movement.
The tables, which meet ADA standards, are located at Quaker Park in Westfield, Pocket Park in Cicero, Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville, Sophia Square Courtyard in Carmel and the Nickel Plate District in Fishers. Eventually, they will be moved to include other areas of the county.