Strengthening spirit, grit and community through creativity.

 

Philosophy

We’re all hippos

The only requirement to be a hippo is the desire to be a hippo. That’s it. (Also, it doesn’t hurt if your name is Fiona.)

“We’re all creative.”

Indigo Hippo believes that every person has an outlet of creativity— it’s just a matter of whether or not it’s been discovered yet. We strive to provide the most diverse creative materials and methods of programming to uncover where those hidden talents are kept.

 

“We’re all different.”

Indigo Hippo celebrates the variety of differences, moods, talents, temperaments, and quirks that each hippo brings to the table. The unique experience of each person is a gift to educate with and to learn from. We’re better when we embrace our distinctiveness.

“We’re all in this together.”

Birds have flocks, sheep have herds, and hippos have pods. Indigo Hippo recognizes the significance of journeying together rather than on our own— whether it’s through laboring on a creative piece as a group, or working through a problem that requires a creative solution. 


Indigo Hippo Story

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Team

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ALISHA BUDKIE  
executive director

Alisha is an artist, she has a bunny named Cilantro, and she really likes people. From co-founding Crafty Supermarket to running Second Sunday on Main, she has focused her life on building resources for the community and bringing people together. She used to make shoes, now she makes nonprofits and spends as much time as possible in the woods.  

Why Indigo Hippo? 

When my life has been hard, it has been my connection with other people, my passion, and my sense of self, that have made all the difference. I want to make those things more accessible and approachable for everyone. 

Words To Live By

"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong."
- Joseph Chilton Pearse

 
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EMILY FARISON  
storefront director

After graduating from DAAP with a degree in Fine Arts/Ceramics, Emily committed to a year of service with AmeriCorp’s VISTA program. Through this time, she supported the growth of her service site, Cincinnati’s CityLink Center, and has since continued to invest in projects and local businesses that center around bringing people together, making art, and sharing creativity.

Why Indigo Hippo?

Creativity and connecting with others are necessary to my being. Indigo Hippo is where they become one. 

Why is Creative Reuse so important?

Creative reuse keeps good materials from becoming waste, and allows us to spread creativity by passing on materials we don’t need or won’t use to someone who will bring them new life.

What are your favorite non-traditional materials?

Rusty found objects, hot glue, paint chips

Current Motto

Be kind.

 
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AMY TUTTLE 
director of programming

Amy is a community artist.  She loves exploring the connections between creativity, community, and healing.   She sees art-making as a great tool for communities to recover from traumatic experiences, build resilience, and restore a sense of community pride.  Her work with Arts & Healing has taken her around the world.  She’s led professional trainings & workshops, developed curricula for arts-based programming, and offered public art installations in Cincinnati, Haiti, India, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago.  Amy also really loves exploring nature and can often be found hiking in the beautiful woods that surround her neighborhood, in Price Hill.                                   

Why Indigo Hippo?

Amy thinks creative expression is essential to being alive!  It helps us to connect deeply and build a sense of resilience.  Making artistic expression more accessible to the region through creative reuse and great programming is core to Indigo's mission and she loves that!

Words to Live By

"What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your dreams."  - David Whyte

 
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REGINA MIDDLETON  
board member

Regina is a designer. She works out ideas with her hands. Her work philosophy is “think to make; make to think". When not busy making, she climbs trees, composes music, practices permaculture, has a penchant for storytelling, and personally identifies with the color purple.

Why Indigo Hippo? 

Because none of us are on our own. We can share our experience through creativity.

Spirit Animal

The sea turtle. On the sand, he is passive and thoughtful.
Once in the water, he is graceful and fast.

Current Motto

Don't feel shame for being aware of your body, your mind, and the world around you. Remain sensitive.

Why art?

As a designer, I'm used to justifying every decision. Every aspect of an object needed a reason. In art, I can lean instead on what feels right. My mind can still think. I can still puzzle out the reasons. But at the end of the day, if my heart knows, that is enough.


Volunteers

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