The 1828 Project is one of our signature programs at IndyHub and each year it’s full of incredible leaders between the ages of 18 and 28. Devon is a part of 1828’s Class VI. We sent him some questions. He responded. Keep reading to learn more about Devon!
Monday – Friday I’m booking visual and performing artists for the Madame Walker Theatre Center’s artistic programming, writing poetry, rehearsing for a performance, and drinking unreasonable amounts of tea.
Where are you originally from?
Folks like to assume I’m from out-of-town until they get to know me. I’m born and raised in the Fountain Square Cultural District.
Where is your favorite spot to go in Indy?
Sultana Café is a cozy little spot just north of the Mass Ave Cultural District. I like to duck off in a well-lit corner and catch up on some reading and writing with some hookah and baklava.
How do you typically travel around the city?
I was a self-proclaimed professional pedestrian from 2011 – 2016 because living and working downtown is supremely convenient. I broke down and purchased Ella last year, but my preferred method of travel is still on foot.
If you could have coffee with anyone, living or not, who would it be and why? (Bonus points for which Indy coffee joint you’d take them to)
I’d have some turmeric tonic tea with Russel Simmons at Thirsty Scholar before a yoga session on the rooftop (all levels, donation based at 7:30 every Thursday). Russel is a meditative mogul whose tales I’d love to hear.
Thinking forward to the next 5 years in Indy, what are you most excited about for the future?
I’ve seen so many initiatives wanting to enhance the city’s aesthetic but none that facilitate a culture of inclusivity. There are organizations laying the groundwork for a truly welcoming environment and I have faith that can be achieved within the next five years.
If you won the lottery, what would you do with your winnings?
I’d buy my mom a house, backpack through Africa and South America, and donate to Indiana Youth Group, Brother’s United, Don’t Sleep, Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance, Planned Parenthood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I’d also strongly consider a pool full of jello because that what winners do.
Are you reading anything interesting right now, what book?
I’m currently revisiting Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. She is one of my favorite writers and I never tire of reading her important work. I plan to jump into Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie soon thereafter.
Would you rather visit the world 100 years in the past or 100 in the future and why?
I’m too nosey to not look to the future. I want flying cars, unfamiliar architecture, a deviation of the English language, and to watch Indiana celebrate its tricentennial.