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Lanterns Foundation

In 2015 the future of Feast of Lanterns was unsure. The well-loved and historic festival stood a strong chance of not happening that year, and possibly not any year after. So three neighbors decided to take up the event and formed Lanterns Foundation to help see the future of the festival secured. The organization continues to grow each year, adding more talented neighbors with a passion for Feast.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and hosting of Feast of Lanterns and the continued improvement of Spades Park.


Our Team


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Martha Latta
Founder / Co-Executive Director

Martha Latta is the creator and printer of the Sunday Afternoon Housewife brand, a 3x Nuvo award-winning collection of state pride and social justice tee shirts and accessories. She and her husband stumbled on Feast of Lanterns shortly after moving to Indianapolis, and grew to love the event after moving just down the street from Spades Park.

Martha also owns and operates the Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Since 2011 Martha has curated the shop which has been located in various vacant, underutilized or unique spaces along Mass Ave and in Downtown Indianapolis. The pop up shop hosts a variety of artists during the holiday season and connects those who make handmade goods in Central Indiana with those who choose to shop local during the holidays. In 2015 Martha also took over the production and distribution of the Naplab Neighborhoods of Indianapolis Map. In Late 2019, Martha will be opening a new retail store and studio in her Windsor Park neighborhood.

 

David Hedrick
Founder / Co-Executive Director

David moved to the Near-Eastside in 2008. Feast of Lanterns, as well as other projects in the area, inspired him to get more involved in the neighborhood and community. He has worked on many notable community events and projects including the Payne Connect10n, Reconnecting to our Waterways charette, and the Windsor Park Gateway. He later became president of the Windsor Park Neighborhood Association where he and his neighbors acquired and revitalized the historic Fletcher Park. He also helped create the first Windsor Park Beer Garden at the Feast of Lanterns.

After briefly moving out of state for work, he and his family returned in 2015 when he helped create Lanterns Foundation with two of his closest friends. The goal: to host and preserve the Feast of Lanterns and revitalize Spades Park. Despite not living in Windsor Park any longer, David, his wife Heidi, and their two favorite Near-Eastside creations Liam and Cecelia, enjoy spending time in their home neighborhoods and parks.

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Andrew Frye
Founder / Co-Executive Director

Andrew and his wife Stacey found the Near Eastside in late 2012 and it immediately felt like home. They spent the next couple of years volunteering in the neighborhood, including Windsor Park's presence and efforts at Feast of Lanterns. As their family outgrew their home in Windsor Park, they moved to St. Clair Place where he also took an active role in participating in neighborhood efforts.

When he and his friends were discussing the possibility of organizing to take up Feast, he remembered his daughter's face the first time she saw the lanterns light up and he was all in. Feast played an important role in showcasing the best of the Near Eastside to him and his family, and he wants that to be the case for everyone who attends.

 

Samantha Rhodes
Communications Director

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Christy Cashin
Sponsorship & Event Coordinator

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