When my colleagues and I decided to go into business, we all had something valuable to contribute. Jon (Vice President to his Father's property) had access to a building that we were promised the opportunity to purchase a portion of, and Patricia and I had the vision of what the building could be as a community arts center that would infuse community, collective action, and rattle our perception of what art can represent to a neighborhood it serves. No one said that changing some common practices wouldn’t be difficult, but I felt confident that if we all worked toward the public good, everything would work out over time.
The public good can be many things like handing out candy to the neighborhood kids on Halloween, bringing in snacks and drinks for the community, donating equipment and materials, teaching, encouraging others to grow as artists, hosting shows and events in order to bring new people to take part in our community. It increases not only the general public good, but its biproduct produces individualists who don’t understand the theory, met with individualist needs that work against the collective good. These types of examples would be wasting communal materials because they’re free, not paying rent, conspiring against the community, or not securing the facility properly upon leaving after hours. In order to maintain a working system, we must never have too many individualists in a communal collective or the resources will inevitably run out for those who need them.
We found ourselves with many artists in breach of our rules and in breach of the rental agreement. All three associates feel as though they are just as equally to blame for our leniency, but our community was special and we let it blind our better judgment on immediately removing them and instead, allowing more time to for them to get current on their bill. When we did start to remove the ones not paying and breaking the rules is when they started to conspire with management.
It also came to light that the operator of our haunted attraction; A Brush With Death, was working with our colleague in trying to become a partner and replace us. Our colleague is also the vice president of the property. in order to remove us, they staged an "artist community" meeting against our participation and only using residents and non residents of their choosing, most of which owed rent and violated community rules, to remove Patricia and I from the business we created and own so they could keep Indy Walls running as the new owners. They even went so far as to call us "management" and not owners.
Once that they realized that Indy Walls is my intellectual property from years prior and that Patricia and I are the incorporators of the LLC (Fun Fact: LLC's are public record.), I then returned to the building to prep for First Friday and get the next set of resident artists moved in only to find that our colleague removed Patricia and I from our Indy Walls bank account and transferred our phone in order to access our two-factor authentications and cease our online IW accounts, then contacted the resident artists of the building to inform them that he has "evicted" Indy Walls from "his" building and cancelled Indy Walls events going forward, even though IW hadn't been evicted because the president of the property /real owner didn't agree to it, didn't know about it, and IW still haven't been served papers to begin the process.
On November 19th, a rogue registered agent of Indy Walls claiming to be an owner and acting as The Marilyn Rose Center attempted to host an unpermitted, unsanctioned and unlicensed boxing match while Indy Walls and its materials still reside in the building. They promoted the event as offering beer and wine for sale - to which we aren't permitted for and were currently in the process to obtain. Upon arrival of police and fire, the agent announced himself as an agent of Indy Walls and not the company name that promoted the boxing match. The "New Management" has since raided studios, painted over murals, used building materials and held a burn party for the property they didn't want of former residents of Indy Walls.
We were informed that this rogue agent, without discussing it with the owner of the property or Indy Walls, issued replacement contracts to transfer rent that rightfully belongs to Indy Walls over to The Marilyn Rose Center, where he and the former haunt operator are now partners.
WE ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Indy Walls is no longer repairing the property and with the current activity in the building, we cannot insure that these repairs are being made. The message fell on deaf ears due to the mistruths spread by former bad actors, resident artists, and community members that were previously kicked out.
It wasn't until when we contacted the Fire Marshall for an inspection of our haunted attraction that we learned the main floor of the building was not up to fire code and that we needed to address it after we addressed the haunt-as we were previously informed by the vice president of the property that the property's fire system had been "grandfathered in". So we made a trip to New York in order for Indy Walls to purchase the proper fire panel (we have receipts using my IW debit card) for the property. Please make note that building repairs such as bathrooms, leaks, and fire panels falls on the responsibility of the property owner and not Indy Walls the business residing there. IW, however, was led to believe that since we are buying the property, that IW would need to take responsibility for repairs made to the property. By late end of October, we had the haunt operational, which we were permitted and up to code for, but we knew going forward that we would have to address the additional new issues discovered with the rest of the property as prompt as we did the haunt.
Either we're buying the property that we have no ownership or rights to, and we're making repairs -or we're not buying and saddled with the repairs that would otherwise be the responsibility of the property owner. Slice it any way that you like and it's still unethical and a conflict of interest by allowing one agent - who represented all three LLC's - to manipulate these businesses as such for personal gain.
Going forward, I kindly request all questions you may have about the state of Indy Walls be addressed to me and not some third-party that truly knows nothing of our business. Don't encourage this behavior. You're not helping.
So, it appears the project is closed to the public for the time being until we get this worked out.
We request that all activity within the property cease and desist by all companies until everything is sorted in a judicial manner. If you wish to make a donation, all proceeds will be applied to our legal fund. It's greatly appreciated.
We thank each and every one of you who called it home. Until next time,
Owner, Indy Walls
Indy Walls is an Indianapolis artist community center created to help expand the arts while enriching the neighborhood it serves. It fosters connection with people and offers a collective space for sharing art and design within the community. Every artist is welcome here.
It's a free-to-use exterior art wall for the public. It's artist studio spaces with weekly events and pop-ups. It's where your favorite Indianapolis band plays. It's a place to explore the different disciplines of art with a crash course in graffiti and mural arts. It's an all inclusive place to gather with your friends and family. It's a communal space for artists and a tourist destination to those visiting our city. It's a collective space that is artist owned, built, and operated.
Music & Venue
Pardon the dust, we're currently under construction expanding the arts scene.