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.
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.'
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.
Director of Public Relations and Business Development
Having dual citizenship, Ana Kotchkoski came to the United States from Venezuela in 2013. In 2014, she moved to Indiana after accepting the position as the first executive director of the Indiana Latino Expo. Ana has served as executive director of the Venezuelan Oil Chamber and the Venezuelan state of Carabobo Construction Chamber. She served as director of public affairs for the governor of Carabobo and as chief of staff for the mayor of the Venezuelan city of San Diego. Ana earned a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations and also pursued legal studies at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello. Ana has extensive experience in marketing and business development, international corporate and governmental relations, event planning and minority community outreach. Since her arrival to Indianapolis, Ana has dedicated her time volunteering in community activities, currently serving as president of the Venezuelan Association in Indiana and since 2017, she has been serving on the Eskenazi Health Center Board of Directors.