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About Us

Know No Stranger is a collective of artists and friends who work and play to uplift, engage, and entertain our fun-loving fellow denizens of Indianapolis and abroad.

Since our founding waaaay back in 2009, KNS has pursued a more vibrant and creative Indy by bringing inexpensive, innovative DIY art projects and performances to an ever-amassing gaggle of venues and audiences. The name of the game has always been Positive and the game’s surname is Fun!

What do we do? Whatever sounds fun and suits our vision! Besides our annual anything-goes extravaganza OPTICAL POPSICLE, Know No Stranger contributes to the Indianapolis arts community in tons of ways. Pop-up shows, performances at charitable events, distributable video commercials, crowd interaction, and online short films have all fit snugly into our whimsical oeuvre over the years. Recently we’ve partnered with Reconnecting to our Waterways for a conservationist puppet musical; WFYI for their yearly summer jam PBS Kids in the Park; Eskenazi Health Network; and the Eiteljorg Museum.

We’re always excited to work with Indy do-gooders and like-minded organizations and creators!

Notable Past Performances


Performing Artists in Residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Canal Pirates, Indy Ultimate Adventure Race
International Puppetry Festival Parade, Nashville, TN
Dads, TEDx Lilly
Heck Above Deck, Indianapolis Museum of Art


Performing Artists in Residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
MLK: Speaking of Love, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Cerebrum: Memories Re-Animated, Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Ballad of Casey’s Billy-Goat, Oxford Kinetic Festival
CreativeMornings Indianapolis, Indiana State Museum
Directions Get You There, WFYI PBS Kids in the Park
SLICE, Fountain Square Music Festival
Optical Popsicle Infinity, Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Christmas That Never Was, Indiana Historical Society


Be Your Selfie, IIDA Fashion Show
Pigeon Friends, Oxford Kinetic Festival
Optical Popsicle 7, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Monster Workshop, Eiteljorg Museum
New Years Eve, Indianapolis Museum of Art


The ROW Show, Reconnecting to our Waterways
Wildwood, Clowes Hall
The Hunt, City Market
Tony Rex, WFYI PBS Kids in the Park
White River Arts & Music Festival
Optical Popsicle Hi-5 Live, The Athenaeum


Paparazzi, Superbowl XLVI
Wallter, Indiana Landmarks
Optical Popsicle 4 Ever, Madame Walker Theater
GAMEspot, Indiana Humanities
The Story of Indianapolis, TEDx


Dub And Dubber, IndyFringe
Optical Popsicle III, Earth House


The Interweb
, Earth House
Mundanities, Indianapolis Central Library
Optical Popsicle II, The Athenaeum


Optical Popsicle
, Earth House

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