The Martin Luther King Community Center originated in 1971 as the Butler Tarkington Multi-Service Center. In 1981, it was established and assumed the Butler Tarkington programs with an expanded service area that now includes the following neighborhoods:
• Butler Tarkington
• Broad Ripple
• Keystone Monon
• Mapleton Fall Creek
• Meridian Kessler
• United Northwest
The Center’s footprint area reflects tremendous demographic diversity, while its primary audience for direct service assistance is the working poor.
The Center is gaining recognition as one of the city’s most progressive social service organizations with innovative services for all ages and audiences. A key distinction for the Center is its focus on the arts as a positive agent for change.
The nationally acclaimed Martin Luther King Community Center is the catalyst for creating positive social change in our neighborhoods. Sustaining the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we provide life-changing programs and through the use of arts, education and community collaborations. We are instrumental in engaging individuals and families in becoming a stronger community.