Indy Arts Council is putting the spotlight on Indiana artists during All-Star weekend in Indianapolis, February 16-18, 2024. We have produced 87 public art activations, engaging more than 100 artists, curators, and creatives – and they are free for all to experience.
Art & Soul
Since 1996, Art & Soul has helped advance the careers of Black artists in Indianapolis. Each year, the festival kicks off Black History Month and features public events that celebrate Black visual art, music, dance, and literature. Art & Soul, presented by Indy Arts Council, is supported annually by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Public Art for Neighborhoods
Neighborhood-based projects that pair artists with communities to collaborate on arts & culture projects that residents can enjoy and appreciate.
2024 grant applications are open.
Start with Art
Indy Arts Council’s annual fundraiser brings together more than 700+ arts, business, and community leaders to celebrate the artists and arts organizations that make our city unique.
Welcome Race Fans
The greatest spectacle in racing meets the greatest art in racing. Each spring, central Indiana artists create colorful art to capture the excitement of the “month of May.” The artworks are turned into banners, billboards and posters–and the original pieces take a lap around the city.
Art at the Airport
In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Arts Council of Indianapolis manages the award-winning temporary exhibition program at Indianapolis International Airport with rotating installations, commissions, and a long-term loan program for large sculpture outdoors.
Bicentennial Unity Plaza Mural
Celebrating the lives and legacies of 43 Hoosiers who helped shape Indianapolis between 1820 and 2020.
The fourth and final mural in the City of Indianapolis Bicentennial Legends Series features 43 portraits of Hoosier legends on the east wall of the Steak ‘n Shake building overlooking the new Bicentennial Unity Plaza.
Public Art for All
Local researchers traveled 6,500 miles, street by street, to catalog and map artworks–memorials, murals, signs, monuments and more–that are visible from the public right-of-way. Led by Rokh Research & Design Studio, this census broadens the definition of public art and underscores opportunities to create an inclusive public art landscape in Indianapolis.
Art of the Game
When Gainbridge Fieldhouse was undergoing a massive renovation in 2022, Pacers Sports & Entertainment wanted art & culture to be a big part of the new experience for fans and visitors. They teamed up with Indy Arts Council for “Art of the Game,” a permanent exhibition of 60 new artworks by 23 Indiana-based artists. The art can be seen in the KeyBank Suites, Main Concourse and Balcony levels.
Indy Keeps Creating
Art and Sports
High Art Billboards
Jiffy Lube of Indiana Murals
Indy Keeps Creating
The Arts Council launched #IndyKeepsCreating in March 2020 as a hashtag to rally artists, arts organizations, and stakeholders facing the isolation and other challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also became the umbrella name for a series of grant programs supporting independent artists and nonprofit organizations that suffered major financial losses.
In 2020, the Arts Council was entrusted to administer nearly $14 million to help ensure #IndyKeepsCreating through relief and recovery funding for independent artists and nonprofit arts organizations.
Art and Sports
In Indiana, sports and arts have always made great teammates!
As proof, here’s a highlight reel of some of the Hoosier state’s best sports and arts crossovers:
- Yes, It’s Regulation
“Free Basket,” the site-specific sculpture by Cuban art collective, Los Carpinteros, at 2010 at Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, at Newfields, was inspired by Indy’s relationship to sport.
- The World’s Largest Pop Art Painting
Madison Square Garden might be “the mecca of basketball,” but from 1968 to 1988 the Milwaukee Bucks literally played in the Milwaukee Exposition, Convention Center and Arena—MECCA. Six years later, Hoosier pop artist Robert Indiana was commissioned to turn the Bucks court into a piece of functional art.
- Breaking Barriers
The Flying Tigers, led by all-time great Oscar Robertson, were the first all-black high school to win the state tournament. The sneaker is part of Converse’s Breaking Down Barriers line that celebrates athletes who helped desegregate sports.
- This Took Longer Than 9 Seconds
Reginald “Reggie” Wayne Miller may have been born in Riverside, Calif., but he’s one of us now. If you don’t chant, “Reggie! Reggie!,” every time you pass Pam Bliss’ 60-foot mural, well, you can go on home to wherever you came from.
- The Public Collection
Herron School of Art and Design graduate Rachel M. Simon is an artist, community leader, investor, and the founder of The Public Collection, “a public art and literacy project consisting of artist-designed book share stations, developed to increase access to books and art.”
- I Keep My Unis Like Flo-Jo
There is one correct answer to the question, “What is the best Pacers uniform of all time?” and that answer is: the Flo-Jos. Florence Griffith Joyner was a record-setting sprinter, Olympic gold medalist, unbothered sports fashion icon, legendary jersey designer.
For 10 years, things were looking up with High Art Billboards. Central Indiana artists created 120 bold works that turned the metro area’s busiest roads into an art gallery for commuters. And drivers voted by the thousands for the annual “People’s Choice” award.
The popular project, a partnership between Indy Arts Council and Reagan Outdoor Advertising, is currently on hold.
Art + an oil change: This buzz-building project started in 2016, when Jiffy Lube of Indiana wanted to cover up graffiti at one of its locations. Since then, Indy Arts Council has worked with artists to create more than 30 murals at Jiffy Lube of Indiana locations.