Welcome Race Fans: The Arts Celebrate the 100th Running was a collaborative project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to connect visual art and artists to this historic race. One of the more familiar and iconic visuals associated with May in Indianapolis is the blanketing of the city with "Welcome Race Fans" signs and banners. Our project built upon and paid tribute to the annual tradition of Welcome Race Fans signs with original artwork created by Indiana artists. 33 artists were commissioned to create their own version of the beloved Welcome Race Fans signs, using their own unique style and materials. The result was an infusion of different artistic voices and imagery to welcome the world to Indianapolis and celebrate the month of May. Each sign is unique and represents the vast diversity of styles and artists in Indiana. The 33 original works of art toured the city beginning April 1st, 2016 and continued on to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29th, 2016. The artworks traveled to places throughout central Indiana including the Indianapolis International Airport, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, community and cultural organizations, restaurants, hotels, galleries, businesses, and, of course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Visit WelcomeRaceFansIndy.org to see all 33 artworks and learn about the artists and other ways the arts celebrated the 100th Running.