Photo  by Edrece Stansberry   Artwork  by Justin Vining

Photo by Edrece Stansberry

Artwork by Justin Vining

Lauren Sparkman is a native Hoosier with deep ties to our culture and history through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Lauren dove head first into community development through her work as an Orr Fellow. Since then she has served in several community leadership roles and as a creative consultant to various cultural organizations. 

Working alongside IMS on the 100th Running Host Committee and 500 Forward Partnership Initiative, she developed programs and partnerships that reinforced cultural connections and rekindled community-wide passion for the Month of May. By convening dozens of cultural organizations and community leaders, the Host Committee reimagined poetry traditions from the 1920s, tapped contemporary artists to put a fresh spin on Hoosier Hospitality, and encouraged neighbors to open their front porches and front doors to one another. The 100th Running Host Committee successfully leveraged the global spotlight of our city’s signature spectacle to showcase many facets of the community — and cemented Lauren’s passion for telling Indy’s story alongside creative collaborators. 

To this day Lauren continues to be the bridge between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis community, however, her work stems well beyond IMS. She has been integral in producing recent economic development bids for the city, serves as an advisor on tourism and real estate development initiatives, and has had her hand in some of Indy’s favorite events and cultural initiatives such as the Fountain Square Music Festival. 

When Lauren is not serving on a board or producing community projects, she is uplifting our community’s talented artists.  She has a deep passion for sharing the stories of the Indianapolis creative class and advocating for their place in our economy and community. 

Lauren lives in Fountain Square with her husband Jared and their vision-impaired foster pup. You can most often find her starting the day in her “office” at Artie’s on Central, checking out a fresh stack of non-fiction books at Central Library, or catching live shows and sporting events around the city. 

Other Affiliations

Film Indy, Board of Advisors  

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Board of Trustees  

Indianapolis Prize, Organizing Committee