January 23, 2018

Artists Look To Engage Community Through Red Line Projects

A rendering of the Red Line's Fountain Square station. - Courtesy IndyGo

A rendering of the Red Line's Fountain Square station.

Courtesy IndyGo

Transit Drives Indy and the Arts Council of Indianapolis have selected five artists to contribute to the art projects on the Red Line Rapid Transit project.  Each brings a different style, including graphics, abstract,  performance and interactive installations.

One of those selected is Indianapolis photographer Andrea Smith.  She says a big part of her job will be to listen to the public as she collaborates with the other artists and engineers on the project.

“My ultimate goal is to engage the community.  I want them to feel like they are a part of this project so they can take some ownership,” Smith says.

Many residents along the areas impacted by the Red Line are concerned about losing parking, and increased traffic in their neighborhoods.   Smith says art can’t solve all problems, but it can help.

“By bringing in an element of art and from all the different disciplines that are involved in this project, we’ll somehow be able to engage the community in a way that will make them feel a little better about the project,” she says.

The place making initiatives for the artists are just beginning.  IndyGo is holding a series of public meetings this month and next to update construction and February bus service improvements. The Red Line will eventually run from 66th street in Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis.

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