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Alive in Wonderland
Working in a creative field, it’s always inspiring to see what’s happening in the Indianapolis arts community. We have incredible artists living and working here, and Fountain Square, with its numerous galleries, is a particularly keen place to see a lot of what they create.

One such Indy artist Mab Graves is opening her new show “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” next Friday at Monster Gallery. We used the event as an opportunity to chat with her about how she keeps herself inspired while managing the business of being a professional artist.
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Alive in Wonderland
Building a Social Media Toolbox
Last year, my wife and I moved into a fixer-upper. Since then, I’ve found that I inherited my father’s frustrated huff. My wife once said that it sounds like a bear telling someone to take a few steps back. If a house project really starts to stray from the blueprints, I emit this teeth-clenched growl from somewhere deep in my throat. Apparently, these noises are unnerving to those nearby, whether my wife, our cats, or stray packs of hyenas.
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Building a Social Media Toolbox
Interview: Kevin Whited of INDYCOG
Bicycle advocacy is personal to Kevin Whited. Between bicycling racing and going to get groceries, he has logged 1,000s of miles on his bike over the past 15 years. From his bicycle seat, he has seen first hand the need to educate drivers and cyclists on how to share the road and how to get along.
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Interview: Kevin Whited of INDYCOG
Making a Name for the New Indy
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but some people in pretty high places have had some pretty high praise for Indy recently. My Facebook and Twitter feeds have made it hard for me to miss. I feel lucky to be surrounded by friends and fellow makers heralding Indy’s Great Awakening, but I also can’t help but notice that I live in a bit of a bubble.
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Making a Name for the New Indy
Everyone Is Looking for Their Part in a Story
Throughout this season of The Voice, it seemed everyone was clamoring for a piece of Josh Kaufman’s success story. Everyone wanted to be the place where Kaufman came from. In today's ocean of products and choices, being great doesn't always cut it. People want to know where things came from. People want to say, “I knew them when…” People want to be a part of the story.
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Everyone Is Looking for Their Part in a Story
New Work: NEAR
When you work in community development, you must be able to connect with people at every level: city and state governments, funding partners, other community groups in your area, and perhaps most importantly, the residents and neighborhoods you serve. As an organization, Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) strikes this balance on an impressive level. But as a brand, they found they were missing some important connections.
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New Work: NEAR
Get Up and Dance
If you've ever called, walked into, or tweeted at Pivot, you've met Ashley. She's the guardian of our office, the star of our karaoke nights, the best catcher on our kickball team, and secretly one of Beyonce's backup dancers (not really . . . but really). And we're going to miss her when she moves to NYC.
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Get Up and Dance
Pixels and Powder
Sixty million photos. That's how many images are uploaded to Instagram per day. When you add other social media sites like Facebook and Snapchat, the daily number is closer to one billion. It's a great, big, digital world out there, and it's run by pictures. So what does that mean for your business?
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Pixels and Powder
Much Ado About a Slogan
Much has been made about Indiana’s new tourism slogan: “Honest-to-Goodness Indiana.” Twitter had a hashtag heyday, as you can imagine. Indy Star ran an op-ed against it. Even USA Today picked it up. But maybe we should be more concerned about how we've been treating ourselves as Hoosiers than about whether the tagline is clever or exciting enough.
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Much Ado About a Slogan
Pivot’s Most Loved Posts of 2013
As has become a Pivot tradition, we've dug up the top 10 posts of 2013. We hope this year has treated you and yours as well as it's treated us Pivoteers. To all of you, thanks for reading, and have a happy New Year. Here's to 2014!
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Pivot’s Most Loved Posts of 2013