Sports have shaped Indianapolis—from the Indy 500 putting Speedway on the map to Super Bowl XLVI kicking off a wave of revitalization. More than 500 college and pro championships have happened here, and game days for the Pacers and Colts bring the community together. So when Ryan Vaughn looked for a way to tell the city’s story, sports were a natural fit.
Don’t tell the dancers at Ballet Theatre of Indiana what they can’t do. They don’t have an endowment, a full-time support staff, or even their own studio, but that hasn’t slowed them down. Two years ago, with a shoestring budget, a skeleton crew, and borrowed space, director Stirling Matheson and his small team launched what has become Indy’s only resident ballet company.
This year, Pivot’s best holiday gift has been our two new team members: studio manager Carrie Karl and account manager Sabreena Sorrell. They’ve only been in the office two weeks, and we already adore them. We’re pretty sure you will, too. We thought we’d introduce them to you in the best way we know how: a rousing game of Would You Rather?
Thanksgiving hasn’t passed yet, so on principle, we can’t mention the holiday season that comes after it. Let’s just say, we’ll be ringing bells and hanging lights a week from now. But since some of our favorite businesses are getting a head start on the-holiday-which-must-not-be-named, we wanted to give them a shout-out and remind you to shop local this year.
For 69 years, costumed families have paraded through Irvington’s tree-lined streets. Pumpkins with goofy, toothy grins have rested on doorsteps, and storefront windows have been painted with eerie imagery. But for locals, the annual Halloween Festival is more than just the macabre—it’s a celebration of community.
Urban renewal is more than just the construction of buildings; it’s the construction of community. On Indy’s Near Eastside, nonprofit community development organization Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) creates great places, cultivates relationships, and promotes the belief that “front porches make good neighbors.”
Polina Osherov believes in the power of Indianapolis. And with good reason. She has seen how the city empowers creative minds to realize their potential. Now she’s collaborating with Pivot’s team on an upcoming project, and she took a rare break from work this week to talk with us about her belief in Indianapolis.
Fountain Square. It’s vibrant and funky. It’s full of character and characters, and if you walk through the alley that connects Woodland and Shelby, you find that “the Square” is, in fact, gritty in all the right places. It is here, in the unassuming corridors, where you find color.
After 10 years working for some of Indy’s biggest brands, Ashly Myers joins the Pivot team as our new content director. So what keeps this content director content? One simple rule.