Murals for Racial Justice

July 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 that led to the killings of George Floyd, Dreasjon Reed, and Breonna Taylor. It has since evolved into an ongoing advocacy platform and a commitment to support the professional development of Black artists.

Danicia Monét, an artist, equity practitioner, and community-centered design researcher, will manage and facilitate the next phase of the project, including new public exhibition plans, programming, community discussions, and other initiatives. Find out the latest updates, along with how you can support the project or get involved, here

Initially, the project's partners-the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., PATTERN, St’ArtUp 317, and cultural entrepreneur Malina Simone Jeffers--planned an exhibition along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick. But the plywood is too fragile for long-term, outdoor display. The new proposal (pending funding) is to print high-res images of the murals onto banners that will be displayed at Central Library, including at the Center for Black Literature and Culture, and be available for educational use by the public and community institutions. With Danicia's leadership, we continue to work with these artists and use their feedback in our guiding principles.

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

Images courtesy of PATTERN

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

Shade Bell Pattern

Image courtesy of PATTERN

 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

Image courtesy of PATTERN

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

 

Tashema Davis Pattern

Images courtesy of PATTERN

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

Image courtesy of PATTERN

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

Images courtesy of PATTERN

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

 Alana Pattern

 Images courtesy of PATTERN

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

Image courtesy of PATTERN

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

Mims Pattern

Image courtesy of PATTERN

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

        Image courtesy of PATTERN

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

 

Omar Pattern 2

Image courtesy of PATTERN

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

Robinson Pattern

Image courtesy of PATTERN

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


Mechi Pattern
        Image courtesy of PATTERN

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

Solomon Pattern

Image courtesy of PATTERN

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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