Public art helps make public space more equitable by telling everyone’s stories. We're doing a census and need your help.

What types of art are we looking for?

Murals, roadside memorials, street art, graffiti, sculptures, neighborhood art, and other artworks that the public can see and access.

The artwork can be created by you, by a friend, or by someone you don't even know. You can upload a photo if you have one.

You can also participate by taking photos of art in your community, uploading them to social media and tagging them #publicartindy. Don't forget to include their location! 

About the project

Working with a street team led by Danicia Monét, lead researcher and critical geographer, the Arts Council is doing a census of all the public art in Marion County to add to its Public Art Directory. The directory has about 800 pieces of art, but this is an opportunity for artists and communities to add more.

The project is being 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.

The census is the first step in a comprehensive Public Art Equity Audit to help ensure equitable investments in public art, artists, and communities. 

What will you do with the results?

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 public art census is one of several independent, but related, public space equity initiatives happening in the summer of 2021 in order to improve spatial justice in Indianapolis.

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Thank you to our funders

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Indiana Arts Commission
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Clowes Charitable Foundation