Who We Are
The International Marketplace Coalition (formally The Lafayette Square Area Coalition) is a nonprofit organization comprised of businesses, engaged citizens and community leaders who encourage economic growth and development on the northwest side of Indianapolis. This area has become a vibrant, diverse community and the world is taking notice.
Our area has been recognized by the New York Times as a place "where the world comes to eat.” The International Marketplace Coalition is embracing the diversity of our community through the help of local civilians and businesses with whom we active work to transform the Lafayette Square area into the International Marketplace.
We are recognized as a thriving cultural, commercial and community-oriented destination within Indianapolis.
Creating A Village: Our New Home
In October 2019, Indy’s International Marketplace Coalition purchased a 56,000 square foot building at 4233 Lafayette Rd. to be developed as a space called the Global Village Welcome Center. There, all cultures from around the world will be welcomed, celebrated and experienced.
Features of the future Global Village Welcome Center will include:
Museum, including cultural pavilions representing inhabited continents
Event and conference rooms of various sizes
Audio/video studio for creative services
Events hosted by the International Marketplace Coalition such as Taste the Difference Festival & Sister Cities Fest, International Women’s Gathering, Dine-in series and World Arts Expo will be held in the Global Village Welcome Center. Community organizations and members will also be able to rent and use space.
Indy’s International Marketplace will now begin a $12 million capital campaign to develop the Global Village Welcome Center. More information, renderings and details with building plans will be announced soon.
Contact us to learn how you can help.
Mary G. Clark
International Marketplace Coalition
Office: (317) 550-1600
Cell: (317) 331-3909
Dr. Gloria Berlanga King
EdD Director Multicultural Affairs
Pastor Henzy Green
Founding & Senior Pastor of Emmaus
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The Law Firm of Fatima Johnson
Owner, Flag and Banner