Growing up in Indianapolis, Sarah Boutwell always felt like she had to move elsewhere to make things happen. After traveling for work in her early 20s, she realized Indy would always be home, and now she's raising her kids on the same street she grew up on. This has helped Sarah show them how to slow down and realize what is beautiful in our own backyard. So, after years of doing event photography, she decided to focus on nature. Once she started showing her nature photography at local coffee shops and galleries, she met many artists that shared the same dream: to be able to do what you love and inspire others. These experiences led her to start Re-Generation Indy, and to make that vision become a reality. It's been quite a journey so far, and the sky's the limit!
What is your name?
How long have you lived in Indy?
My whole life! I traveled for work a bit when I was younger, but Indy is always home.
Why have you focused your career on the nonprofit sector?
I believe anybody should be able to choose what they want to do with their lives, and that is what nonprofits offer. Finding something you have a passion for, then creating a way for it to make a difference in other's lives and making it happen is a beautiful experience that should be an option for everyone.
What would you say to another young professional considering a nonprofit job?
Go for it! At the end of the day, at least you know what you're doing is helping someone else and that's what is going to make a difference in this world.
If you could learn a brand new skill, what would it be?
Yoga, hands down. I've seen the transformations it's made for my close friends and now I'd like to learn how to keep my body and mind feeling healthy.
If you were an inanimate object, which would you be and why?
I see everything as a vibration, so nothing is really inanimate, but if I had to choose I'd be a book. This way I can still provide some knowledge and foster someone's imagination.
What do you hope to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
I hope to accomplish acquiring our own location for Re-Generation Indy. I want to make a space that people can feel free to come and create, learning from all generations to help grow our sense of community. I hope to turn it into a location that bridges the gap of age and helps people connect through artistic expression.
Want to support Sarah's work?
Re-Generation Indy started as a dream... now, we're making it happen! Leading art workshops and hosting Youth Art Shows is what our team of local artist volunteers is passionate about. Serving the Indianapolis community, we strive to provide artists of ALL ages a positive, creative, and collaborative atmosphere where they can create and share artwork together while learning about entrepreneurship and self-confidence. In addition to providing accessible, low-cost art workshops at $5 and hosting Youth Art Shows, Re-Generation Indy is a program of Real Trips for Kids. With this incredible partnership comes the need for a home base and a space where children can attend field trips that allow them to explore and discover the arts. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to express their feelings in a positive manner. With art programs being cut from our schools, we KNOW we can help fill that void.
We also offer collaboration workshops where a youth artist must work with an adult on one piece to help them learn to work together, and lead art time for the Hollis-Adams Foundation, which works with disabled adults. So, while our focus is mainly youth, the goal is to inspire ALL generations through art. With the support of Indianapolis, we hope to continue collaborating with other non-profits to make a real change in our city. For more information, check us out at www.regenerationindy.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regenerationindy and on Twitter #ReGenInd.