Murals for Racial Justice

September 2020

The Murals for Racial Justice project, which commissioned 24 Black artists to create 22 temporary murals on boarded-up storefronts in Downtown Indianapolis, started in June 2020 as an immediate response to the worldwide protests calling for racial justice and an end to the police brutality.

Images of the artworks have been turned into large banners that will go on exhibit in mid-October at Central Library. Later this fall, individuals and organizations can reserve the banners, at no cost, through Indianapolis Public Library for display at public and private events. 

The new program, supported by Glick Philanthropies, is a partnership between the Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The project is being managed by Danicia Monét, an artist, equity practitioner, and design researcher. 

The full press release is here

How artists and the public can participate 

Artists: Free online professional development workshops are open to all central Indiana artists on Sept. 16, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18. Artists can register at indyarts.org/artists.

The public: Free public virtual conversations called Equity in the Arts & Humanities, curated by BlackSpace Indy, will be Nov. 10, Jan. 12, March 9, and May 11. More information will be available here later this fall. 

The artists who participated in the Murals for Racial Justice project are featured below. The copyright to each mural, as well as the physical mural itself, belongs to the artist who created it. Any use of the mural in public or in reproduction by the Arts Council and their partner organizations has been expressly approved and licensed by the artist. Others who wish to promote the murals or use an image of a mural commercially must work with the artists to determine a fee appropriate to the context of the use. We are providing artist contact information for the convenience of their future partners and patrons.


Kaila Austin Pattern web

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Kaila Austin: Murals installed on window glass at Tini, 717 Massachusetts Ave.

Shade Bell Pattern

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 Shade’ Bell: Rejoice, mural originally installed at Homespun, 869 Massachusetts Ave.

Boxx the Artist web

Boxx the ArtistDo the Right Thing, mural originally installed at Union Station, 350 S. Meridian St.

 

Matthew Cooper Pattern

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Matthew Cooper: Murals originally installed at Old City Hall, 202 N. Alabama St.

 

Tashema Davis Pattern

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Tashema Davis: Mural installed on window glass at the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Gallery 924, 924 N. Pennsylvania St.

 

Ess McKee The Future is Now Union Station FINISHED

Ess McKeeThe Future is Now, mural originally installed at Union Station, 350 S. Meridian St.

 

Gary Gee pattern

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Gary GeeWe the People, murals originally installed at Symphony Centre, 32 E. Washington St.

 

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Michael ALKEMI JordanENDANGERED species, mural originally installed at the IPL building, 1 Monument Circle

 

Nasreen Pattern

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Nasreen Khan: Murals originally installed at Schmidt Associates, 415 Massachusetts Ave., using (with permission) the words of: 
Manon Voice and Malachi Carter

 Alana Pattern

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Alana Lopez: Murals installed on chalkboards at Coat Check Coffee, 401 E. Michigan St. (inside the Athenaeum)

 

LaToya Marlin web

Latoya Marlin: Mural originally installed on the window glass at Macaron Bar, 425 Massachusetts Ave.

 

Kwazar Pattern

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Mike Palmore Martin aka Kwazar: Mural originally installed at Kingmakers, 881 Massachusetts Ave.

Mims Pattern

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Amiah MimsSilenced, mural installed on window glass at 10 E. Washington St.

Parnell Reprographix

Andre ParnellResurrection Cradle, details from mural originally installed at Repro Graphix, 437 N. Illinois St.

Quarles Pattern

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Quiana Quarles: Outlined in Black and White, mural originally installed at Union Station, 350 S. Meridian St.

 

Omar Pattern 2

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Omar RashanDo the Right Thing, mural originally installed at Pearl St. Pizzeria & Pub, 65 E. Pearl St.

Robinson Pattern

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Rebecca RobinsonNew Nation, mural originally installed at Union Station, 350 S. Meridian St.


Mechi Pattern
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Mechi Shakur: Mural originally installed at Indianapolis Repertory Theater, 140 W. Washington St

Solomon Pattern

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Israel Solomon: For George, mural originally installed at F.C. Tucker Co., 342 Massachusetts Ave.

Ezi Chatterbox

Aaron “Ezi” Underwood aka Starboy XioRed Face, Blue Face, mural originally installed at Chatterbox Jazz Club, 435 Massachusetts Ave.

Terry Wilson web

Terry Wilson: Murals originally installed at Lacy Distribution Inc., 54 Monument Circle


Shane Fitz Young

Shane “FITZ” Young: No More Guns, mural originally installed at Nurture Baby and Child, 433 Massachusetts Ave.

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