The Harrison Center, a community-based nonprofit organization, will usher in the holiday season when its 5th annual artist-designed Holiday Window Walking Tour is unveiled during “First Friday” on December 6 at 6:00pm.
Over twenty artists from the Harrison Center, located at 1505 North Delaware in Indianapolis, will transform nearly 25 of the center’s artist studio basement windows into distinctive window display vignettes, creatively harkening back to days gone by and creating a unique way for neighbors and passersby to engage with and enjoy the works of local artists throughout the holiday season.
In 2015 under the direction of Harrison Center Artist-in-Residence Stefan Eicher, artists began transforming the Harrison Center’s windows during the month of December into imaginative displays. Past spectacles have dazzled and included a working miniature Ferris wheel and a display which created a warm and snuggly home for live kittens in order to spur community adoption.
Additionally, shoppers are invited to support local artisans by visiting the Harrison Center’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop starting Friday, December 6. Located in the City Gallery of the Harrison Center, gifts such as a paper-doll book honoring neighborhood residents and artists; handmade jewelry; custom postcards; scarfs; paintings and clay creations offer endless gift options.
“Art brings people together,” said Joanna Taft, executive director of the Harrison Center. “During what can be a busy and hectic time of year, our artists work brings holiday spirit to the neighborhood and is a powerful reminder of the ability for arts and culture to create connections that anchor us not only to our community, but to one another as well.”
The Harrison Center’s “First Friday” Holiday Window Tour, which begins in the courtyard, will be held, rain or shine on Friday, December 6 from 6:00 – 10:00pm at 1505 North Delaware St., Indianapolis. The Holiday Window Tour is a free, self-guided experience visitors can enjoy from dusk to dawn through January 6, 2020. Following opening night, the Holiday Pop-Up Shop will be open weekdays from 9:00am – 5:00pm starting Monday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 24. For more information, visit at www.harrisoncenter.org.
About Harrison Center
The Harrison Center is a community-based, nonprofit arts organization that seeks to be a catalyst for renewal in the city of Indianapolis. Founded in 2001, the organization’s work is two-fold. The Harrison Center for the Arts is home to 36 artist studios and five galleries with programming that is designed to foster the creation of new art, build community among artists and emerging art patrons, create new partnerships, and provide a forum for public conversations between artists and the community. The Harrison Center for the City seeks to connect people to culture, community, and place to strengthen Indianapolis’s core urban neighborhoods.