Recommendations from an IFF assessment released later this month will inform plans for an arts-focused neighborhood revitalization along a 1 1/2-mile stretch of the East 10th Street corridor in Indianapolis. The East 10th Street Civic Association(E10) hired IFF to conduct a space needs assessment for the vacant Rivoli Theatre and adjacent Dearborn building.
With support from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, community leaders and staff from IFF, E10, and the Rivoli Center for Performing Arts—owners of the historic theater building—have met since May with several area arts groups to determine the feasibility of a multi-tenant, mixed-use arts and education center.
This will be the third community development project involving IFF in the area. In 2009, IFF provided a $300,000 permanent loan toward a supportive housing development called Brookside Apartments. In 2014, IFF helped a low-cost animal clinic, Foundation Against Companion-Animal Euthanasia Clinic (FACE), determine space needs, including the financial feasibility of a larger location.