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.




V I  S I O N

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. The Global Village Welcome Center will showcase the awe of Disney’s Epcot Center, educational delivery of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and functionality of a convention center – all with international flair

Features of the future Global Village Welcome Center will include:

  • Museum, including cultural pavilions representing inhabited continents

  • Demonstration kitchen

  • Event and conference rooms of various sizes

  • Dance studio

  • 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.

IMC Board

Mary G. Clark

Executive Director
International Marketplace Coalition
Office: (317) 550-1600
Cell: (317) 331-3909


Dr. Gloria Berlanga King 

EdD Director Multicultural Affairs
Eskenazi Health
Phone:  317.880.4990

Pastor Henzy Green

Vice President
Founding & Senior Pastor of Emmaus
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Phone: 317-281-6198

Fatima Johnson

The Law Firm of Fatima Johnson
Phone: 317-246-0738

Karen Bush

Owner, Flag and Banner
Phone: 317-299-4880


Executive Director

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.


Program Manager

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.

Korka Diatta

Operations Director

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.'

Shrinking the Globe and Creating a Village



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