Jim Walker

Executive Director, Big Car
Indianapolis, IN, United States

About Jim


Founder and executive director of Big Car, a nonprofit creativity and livability organization based in Indianapolis, I work as a designer, public artist, photographer, writer and consultant. I started my career as a newspaper reporter, finishing as an arts writer for The Indianapolis Star in 2007. Along the way, I completed an MFA at Warren Wilson College and began showing artwork in galleries and museums. I'm part of the Indianapolis cluster of CEOs for Cities, a national project focused on helping American urban centers.

TED Conference

TEDActive 2012

Areas of Expertise

Art - Creativity, Community & Public Art, Poetry and Writing, Nonprofit Administration , Urban Design

An idea worth spreading

I believe everybody of all backgrounds should have access to engaging and fun creative and cultural experiences. Everybody should get to build, grow, write, talk, make and play. I believe that sharing the joy of creativity and the skills that come with creative experiences will help people succeed and help make our world a better place.

I'm passionate about

As a public artist, my mission is to share the joy of creativity with as many people as I can — helping them feel truly connected with the arts.


Warren Wilson College, IPFW

Talk to me about

creativity. play. games. art. design. education. innovation. cities. contemporary art. public art. parks. writing. technology. going without technology. the great outdoors. adaptive reuse. baseball.

People don't know I'm good at

playing vintage base ball. writing about sports. making guacamole.

My TED story

Enjoyed TED Active and had a wonderful experience organizing TEDxIndianapolis with a host of great people!

Favorite talks