Shrinking the Globe & Creating a Village
A place to eat. A place to shop. A place to be.
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.
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M I S S I O N
The International Marketplace Coalition exists to promote the revitalization of the Lafayette Square area by creating an environment conducive to sustainable economic development for the benefit of this community, the city of Indianapolis, and the region.
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V I S I O N
To facilitate the creation of the Lafayette Square area as a vibrant, economically strong, multi-use international community in the city of Indianapolis where everyone has the opportunity to experience and learn about other cultures.
Creating A Village: Our New Home
The time has come for Indianapolis to have a home where everyone is welcome to gather, share and celebrate their cultures and traditions. The International Marketplace Coalition has developed the Global Village Welcome Center to be the ultimate cultural destination in the Midwest.
Features of the future Global Village Welcome Center will include:
Other dedicated spaces
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.
But first, funding is needed to support the $15 million capital campaign to make this plan a reality. Funding will help renovate a newly purchased 56,000 square foot building (4233 Lafayette Road) and provide exhibit design, space build-out and other dedicated projects.
From naming rights to sponsorship and artifact donations, we need your help to make the Global Village Welcome Center the ultimate cultural destination where everyone is welcome. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your generous gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.
The Global Village Welcome Center is a place for exploration and education where all cultures can gather, share and celebrate their traditions. Learn more about our room rental opportunities below.
Mary G. Clark
Term start date Feb. 2021
Danielle L. Stiles
Juan R. Diaz
Susan Decker Media
In 2005, Mary G. Clark founded the International Marketplace Coalition, which was formerly known as the Lafayette Square Area Coalition. That same year, Mary was elected president, the position in which she would help drive the Coalition's community efforts. In December 2013, she became the second Executive Director of the Coalition. Mary’s long-lasting love of this community began in the late 1970s when she decided to raise her two children in the Pike Township area, and the majority of her working career has also taken place there.
Korka Diatta immigrated to the United States from Dakar, Senegal in 2002. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in accounting and finance and from University Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar) with a degree in education and a specialization in mathematics. She spent a few years working as a staff accountant, an auditor, a financial analyst and an educator. Her work during the past few years consisted of consolidating and analyzing financial statements and trends and evaluating financial performance. She loves her family and likes cooking and traveling. Her slogan is 'work for a cause.'
Elia James Sanchez
Community Relations Manager
Elia James Sanchez comes to us from her previous position as a freelance consultant and from the Lawrence Township Trustee's Office. Recently, Elia was recognized for her work during the pandemic for having helped hundreds of families obtain rental assistance and organizing food drives in the Lawrence Community. Elia previously worked for the Lawrence Police Department as the Director of Crime Prevention where she went on to become the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor’s Office. She’s held important positions such as the Director of the State of Indiana Commission for Hispanic and Latino Affairs and since 2008 Elia has been a board member of the Indianapolis Mayor’s Latino Advisory Council. Elia was also an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) in the Latino Studies program. Elia brings a wealth of expertise in community outreach and grant writing and holds a master's degree in Public Affairs from IUPUI and a Bachelor of Political Science from Saint Mary’s College.
MARIA R. MANALANG
Maria R. Manalang immigrated to the United States from the Isabela, Negros Occidental (Philippines) in 1978. She spent 30 years in the health field as a respiratory therapist and sleep technician. After being involved in various non-profit organizations such as the Nationalities Council of Indiana, Asian American Alliance, and Filipino-American Association of Central Indiana, she decided to pursue her passion for the international community full-time in her role as Program Manager with the International Marketplace Coalition.
Daniel Del Real
Daniel Del Real graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2005, obtaining a degree in Visual Communication Design and has been involved in the creative field ever since. He worked as a Graphic Designer at Ponce Publicidad, a Latino graphic design and advertising firm. Daniel has also worked as a furniture designer and redesigner under his business Eclecticism. He has also owned and managed a gallery and studio collaborative known as Two-Thirds Studio. Daniel co-founded and served as the director of visual arts programming for Nopal Cultural, a Latino arts collaborative. Additionally, Daniel has curated numerous art exhibitions and will now serve as the curator for the Global Village Welcome Center.