Support Big Car and the Arts in Indianapolis

7 Jun

Hi! We need your help picking up $25,000 from Pepsi Refresh for Service Center. Please vote every day all month.

It’s easy at: and text to vote by sending 106734 to 73774.

And please share this request with your networks! You can make up your own or Tweet the following:

@BigCar’s #ServiceCenterIndy community art space is up for 25K from Pepsi. Please vote daily:

How cool would it be to get Pepsi to give us money to do programs at Service Center for the community? Music, art, education, urban gardening, community building. It’s all happening at Service Center — all in the Lafayette Square neighborhood that will really benefit from this boost. We could sure do a lot with the $25,000 we could get from Pepsi (which is realistic to believe we can get — we are in the top 15 now and the top 15 get money). Thanks if you have been voting and spreading the word. I know many of you have.

If you are around town, we could also use some street team help at IMAF from noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday and at a couple of events later in the month, including one June 24 at Earth House. We have permission to set up a voting station and hand out text-to-vote flyers with info on what we’re doing.

Here are some tips on how all you can help:

In order to receive the money from Pepsi, we need be one of the top 15 vote recipients in this month’s voting cycle. YOU CAN HELP BY VOTING FOR US EVERY DAY IN JUNE! Here’s how:

  • LOGIN WITH FACEBOOK – Go to .  At the bottom of the page, on the left, click on “sign in”. Then click on the “Login with Facebook” logo. Click on the “Vote for this” bubble. Come back daily and vote!
  • SIGN IN WITH PEPSI – First you must get a Pepsi account. (Don’t worry, they won’t send you any e-mails unless you check the boxes at the bottom.) Go to .  At the bottom of the page, on the left, click on “sign in”. At the bottom of the sign in window, click on “sign up”. Go back to . Click on the “Vote for this” bubble. Come back daily and vote! IF YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK LOGIN AND A PEPSI LOGIN YOU CAN VOTE TWICE PER DAY! Plus one more if you text.
  • TEXT TO VOTE: It’s easy and Pepsi doesn’t do spam texts or anything, ever. Just text 106734 to 73774 to vote from your cell phone. You can text a vote every day. 
  • POWER VOTES – You MUST be registered with Pepsi to use Power Votes. These are codes printed on yellow bottle caps found on 20 ounce ($1 at Dollar Tree — look for yellow caps) and 2 liters ($1 at Walgreens). Codes are also printed on the inside of specially marked multi-pack cartons. Once you have the codes, go to and sign in (if you haven’t already). Click on the “Activate Power Voting” link at the bottom middle of the home page. You can enter UP TO TEN Power Vote codes daily. Each cap is good only once, but you can enter 10 different caps. The number of votes you get per code is randomly selected, but each code can be worth up to 100 votes. If you know somebody who likes to drink Pepsi, we’re screwing lids back on immediately and we are happy to give them post-power-vote Pepsi.
  • PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD – contact your friends, co-workers and relatives via Facebook, Twitter, e-mails, whatever, and ask them to PLEASE vote every day for Big Car and Service Center! We have to be in the top 15 in the $25,000 category in the voting to get the Pepsi grant. We feel great about our chances.

It is important to vote every day. This grant will give us lots of flexibility with programming at Service Center and will help us better afford to pay artists and other workers to help us with our projects.

Also… we’re rolling this into a larger fundraising campaign that will continue over the summer. Here are the details:

Community Capital Campaign
The nonprofit arts organization Big Car is launching a summer-long campaign to raise funds for programs at Service Center for Contemporary Culture + Community, a new 11,500 square foot creativity-based community center with a communal garden on top of its front parking lot. Open since May and rolling out in phases, Service Center is dedicated to helping improve the Lafayette Square neighborhood. And Service Center will become a grassroots hub for art, culture, education, mass transit and diversity in the heart of Indianapolis. Service Center is also a base of operations for the nonprofit creative writing and educational organization Second Story and will house performances and programs by various other arts and community groups.
You can support the future of Service Center by:
• voting for the project here: each day in June.
• making tax-deductible a donation to Big Car via paypal here:
• mailing a tax-deductible donation via check payable to Big Car at Service Center 3919 Lafayette Rd. Indianapolis IN 46254
Follow Service Center on Facebook to keep track of the latest news here:
Thanks so much!

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