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New alley opens soon in downtown Kokomo


Evenings are about to get a little more colorful in downtown Kokomo as the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association prepares to open its newest alley — Depot Alley.

Located adjacent to Oscar’s Pizza on Buckeye Street and featuring light art, it’s the second new alley unveiled as part of the association’s All Alleys Lead to Art initiative. The first exhibit is “Color Connection” and features 16 large plastic containers that house a programmable light show. The exhibit will run from Dec. 28 to March 20.

The many colors within the exhibit represent the diversity found in our community, said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown and creative placemaking for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. Each of the 16 cubes represents an outlet for cultural impact, with each color in the dynamic sequence representing an individual’s unique imprint on the community.

“The exhibit adds to the infusion of culture that’s happening in the Historic Depot District,” said Justin Bragg, a recent communication graduate of Indiana University Kokomo who helped create the exhibit. “I like how the exhibit represents everyone in the Kokomo community. When people see this exhibit, they can see themselves in it.”

As with all projects of the All Alleys Lead to Art initiative, the creation of the public space included learning opportunities for area young adults. The creative team behind the art includes Bragg; Ann Longjohn, Anthony Longjohn and Xander Burtch, Kokomo Area Career Center; Sean Childers, Kokomo High School; and Renee Creppy, Northwestern High School.

“We were responsible for this project from start to finish,” said Ann Longjohn, a recent career center graduate. “It was exciting to work on a project for the community as a whole and to know that I was entrusted to create this for so many people.”

The project teamed up students with mentors and advisors from area businesses and organizations, including Michael Carmain with Aptiv, Alice Guest-McKellar with Kokomo Area Career Center, J&J Electric owner Tom Balmer, and Amy Bliss with Crescent Electrical Supply. Alexander served as facilitator for the group.

“Together this group met on evenings and weekends to program the bulbs, design the exhibit, wire the accessories and create marketing materials,” Alexander said. “This type of collaboration between generations for the better of the community is at the heart of what All Alleys Lead to Art hopes to accomplish.”

All Alleys Lead to Art is funded in part by the Community Foundation of Howard County. Additional support for the Color Connection exhibit comes from J&J Electric of Indiana and Kirby Risk Electrical Supply. For more information about the initiative, visit