June 9, 2021

Public Invited To Contribute To Crowdsourced Public Art Map

Arts Council of Indianapolis

Arts Council of Indianapolis

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is asking for the community’s help finding public art throughout Indianapolis. 

Director of Public Art Julia Moore said the Arts Council is conducting a census of all the public art in Marion County for its public art directory. The directory currently includes 800 works of art, but she said this is an opportunity for artists and communities to add pieces that the public can see and access. 

“We are really looking for people to define public art on their own terms. And that’s one of the reasons we are doing this equity audit,” Muney Moore said. “We have been defining public art fairly narrowly in the past and that has resulted in some inequities.”

Contributors can share artworks for the census through June 30 by tagging images on social media with #publicartindy and sharing their location. Or, they can fill out an online form.

Artworks will be added to the Arts Council’s Public Art Directory, which is searchable by neighborhood, artist name, and other information. The analysis will identify public art “deserts” as well.

The project is produced in partnership with Art Strategies, with funding provided by the City of Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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