Slaughterhouse Five Day

Slaughterhouse Five Day

Indy Residents will continue to honor the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut by hosting the first ever Slaughterhouse-Five Day on Friday, February 13 at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, 6185 Guilford Avenue. It is free and open to the public. This date is the 70th Anniversary of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany, the impetus for Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

Vonnegut, The beloved Indianapolis author was a prisoner of war in Dresden during the bombing after having been captured by the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge the previous fall. The American POWs were able to survive the bombing (130,000 people were killed) as they had been detained in an underground meat locker that The German guards called Schlachthof Fünf (“Slaughterhouse Five”).

Reflecting on the meaning of the bombing, Vonnegut later wrote, “The Dresden atrocity, tremendously expensive and meticulously planned, was so meaningless, finally, that only one person on the entire planet got any benefit from it. I am that person. I wrote this book, which earned a lot of money for me and made my reputation, such as it is. One way or another, I got two or three dollars for every person killed. Some business I’m in.”

Slaughter-House 5 Day is sponsored by Evoke Arts and Media and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. There will be artists and live painting, speakers, and the Vonnegut-inspired band Kilgore Trout will perform.


Joanie Ross

Ellery Diaz

Emmallee Jones

Dave Pluimer

Corey Hodges

Kenny Sprinkle

Erin Case

Garen Robie

Amanda Keller

Alex Van Osdol

Joe Bieschke


Miranda Thomas

Courtney Brooks

Eric Parcell

Etheridge Knight Film Fest Screening of Herman’s House

Herman's House


Trusted Mentors and RecycleForce are teaming up to co-host Indy’s Etheridge Knight Film Series with Evoke in Broad Ripple.

This series seeks to engage viewers in taking a critical look at local social justice issues. Our first two films focus on the re-entry/ prison issue. Upon Release chronicals the life of one of Trusted Mentors’ own re-entry mentees and the impact his mentor relationship has had on his life “on the outside”. Herman’s House, recently featured on PBS, explores the issue of solitary confinement via the story of Herman Wallace, a man who spent more than 40 years in a 6 x 9 foot cell.

Come take an in-depth look at issues that matter with Trusted Mentors and RecycleForce.

Rachel Corrie and the hope for Peace and Justice for Gaza

Rachel Corrie and the hope for Peace and Justice for Gaza

Cindy and Craig Corrie will be speaking at Evoke Arts and Media, located within Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, 6185 Guilford Avenue, on Saturday, November 23 starting at 6:30 PM. Rachel Corrie, their daughter, was killed in 2003 during a nonviolent direct action protest in Rafah, Gaza. Her plight and case has become internationally known and the event will also include a film screening about her life.

Corrie, from Olympia, Washington, was 23-years old when she was crushed to death by an armored Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003. She, a nonviolent activist, and a member of the International Solidarity Movement, was killed trying to protect the home a Palestinian family from demolition.

Since her untimely death, Rachel Corrie’s journals and emails have been published in books, turned into plays and dramatic readings, and a documentary has been made about her life and work. Her family has since started the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, which encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

The 2009 documentary, Rachel, will also be screened at the event. Directed by Simone Bitton, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who is a citizen of both France and Israel, is an investigation into the circumstances of Rachel Corrie’s death. The film features including eyewitness testimony from activists, soldiers, Israeli Defense Force army spokespersons and physicians, as well as insights from Corrie’s parents, mentors and diaries.

The event is organized by Indianapolis-based Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East and donations will be accepted for the organization’s education fund, which was recently created to support Palestinian students who both wish to study in Indianapolis and then return to Israel and Palestine to be peacemakers and advocates of social justice and reconciliation.

Broad Ripple Community Conversation

Broad Ripple Community Conversation

What food is available in your neighborhood? What would you like to see?

Join Graduate Students from IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental affairs and the Indy Food Council at Evoke Arts and Media (in Broad Ripple United Methodist) for a conversation on our food system.

The conversation intends to engage people in their food system and gather interest around issues they may face in their neighborhoods. The conversation will be an hour and a half, is family friendly, and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page:

First Friday at Evoke: Where There is Despair, Hope

First Friday at Evoke: Where There is Despair, Hope

This month’s theme will be “Where there is despair, hope,” which is a line from the Prayer of Saint Francis. October 4th also happens to be the Feast of Saint Francis, a day where millions around the world celebrate the patron saint of ecology, animals, birds, the poor, and Italy. At Evoke, we want to celebrate Saint Francis with a blessing of the animals at 6:00 PM, a pay what you can vegetarian Italian meal and a bunch of great art.

We will have art from the Canvas Peace Project, the Indiana Refugee project, and Saint Francis art by Franciscan nun Sandra Schweitzer, OSF.

Nelson Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela Day
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

Event at Evoke Arts and Media will include film screening, conversation, and the making of plans to celebrate and honor this international day each year in Indianapolis.

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