Much of what I learned about cameras and how to use them came well after school was finished, mostly just by searching online. I continued to rely on websites and forums to improve in motion design and later on in other disciplines. Don’t tell my employer, but a good portion of my first year on the job was spent Googling “how to <everything>.” Here’s to you, The Internet. One thing that became quickly apparent to me was that designers, filmmakers, mographers, photographers and other creative professionals are extremely generous with their time and expertise in helping out the next wave of rookies.
I don’t know why the creative community in particular seems to be so helpful; if it’s a desire to improve the field at large or an empathy for the struggles of an early career, but whatever it is, it’s enough to give you the warm and fuzzies. On sites like Vimeo and Dribbble, you’ll see subgroups and informal Q&A’s about shared work, and constant streams of advice and reaching out on Twitter.
While the cyber world is ripe with creative communities meant for bringing people together, what if you feel like emerging from behind the screen to, you know, interact with some live human beings? Online friends and mentors are great, but chances are, there’s some creative folks in your neighborhood meeting right under your nose. Below is a short list of some creative groups that meet regularly in my hometown of Indianapolis. My challenge to you: take a look at your city, get out there and connect the old-fashioned way. See if you don’t advance your craft and make some friends along the way!
AIGA Indianapolis – AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. Upcoming events for the Indy chapter include a Portfolio Panel/Workshop and Townhall Meeting.
Big Car – A nonprofit arts organization and collective of artists that focuses on creative placemaking and socially engaged art. A Creative Writing Workshop Series led by Amy Sawyer will take place on Dec. 10 at Big Car’s amazing Indianapolis home, The Tube Factory Artspace.
Creative Mornings – CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. The next Indianapolis speaker will be Kelsey Rardon on December 16th at the Central Library as part of a series on sound.
IndyFilm Meetup – This meetup is a way to get to know others in the industry and Indianapolis area in a fun, relaxed setting. Members talk upcoming projects, needs, and collaborations. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month.
Indiana Filmmakers network – IFN works to facilitate dialogue among film and video makers in the state of Indiana. They endeavor to foster a creative community that provides support, camaraderie and resources to those working to see their visions become reality. IFN’s next event is a Holiday Party on Dec 13 at Books N Brews.
IGers Indy – This Instagram account and group has built a community of everyday explorers in & around Indianapolis, hosting monthly meetups dedicated to getting those fresh ‘grams. Before you knock it, check out some of the shots from the talented photographers involved.
Know No Stranger – A collective of artists and friends who work and play to uplift, engage and entertain in Indianapolis and abroad. Aside from the annual OPTICAL POPSICLE show, KNS performs at pop-up shows and charitable events and is always looking to collaborate with creative friends in the city.
PATTERN – PATTERN provides educational, economic and community building opportunities in Central Indiana, primarily serving those interested in fashion and other creative pursuits. They publish an incredible magazine, have a new Indianapolis maker-space and host monthly events.
Do you know of a creative group in Indianapolis that should be on the list? Let us know below — and contact Lindsey Groepper if you’d like to utilize our finely-tuned creative services to help tell your story.