Indianapolis Performance and Advocacy Group: Know No Stranger

There are many grass roots organizations in Indianapolis dedicated to the beautification of the city both physically and culturally.  The one that has peaked my interest most recently is a group of mind wide-open artists, comedians and performers led by the ambitious and talented Michael Runge (pronounced Run-gee) know as Know No Stranger.

Thinking Sinking Drinking Feeling at Optical Popsicle 2009 from KNOW NO STRANGER on Vimeo.

Michael Runge is a shining example of the do-it-yourself, community driven, and environmentally conscious citizens that help enrich the culture of the city.  He’s an Iraq War veteran, he recently received his Bachelors of Arts in Art Education from Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the originator of Know No Strangers.  The group is as open as the name suggests, encouraging everyone to take action and make things happen.  They engage their audience with interactive, funny, and thought provoking skits and presentations, challenging them to re-examine their community and cultural involvement and convert talk into action.

Know No Stranger is collaborating with local nonprofit arts group Big Car Gallery on their community and art series called Made for Each Other to provide free art performances and classes to east side communities.  The group will be presenting Know No Stranger Musical on Wednesday, May 26 at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library as a part of this series.  The performance will be free and open to the public.  Keep your eyes peeled for Know No Strangers summer involvement with the Indianapolis Museum of Art as they open their new art park 100 Acres as well.

For more information on Know No Strangers or any of their upcoming events visit their website.  For more information on the the Big Car series visit the Made For Each Other website or BigCar.org.

Read More on Know No Stranger at NUVO Online

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  • Jeff Robinson

    I highly recommend going to the KNS video site you linked to above. Entirely entertaining and interesting. Thanks for sharing and I can only hope I encounter one of their projects in the city soon.