The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) are partnering to create public art experiences for both residents and visitors, funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The project, called Indy Art & Seek, will feature more than 100 mini-installations of engaging and accessible public art along urban streets, as well as 6 large-scale installations in greenspaces throughout Indianapolis.
An interactive map and mobile application will guide participants through the experience, revealing locations and spaces that may currently have little or no public art. ACI will focus on matching local artists with opportunities to create installations for the project.
"For many years, KIB has worked to bring the beauty and joy of art into neighborhoods. This grant will allow us to work with our partners at the Arts Council to go beyond stand-alone installations and actually create connections, connecting the pieces to one another, and more importantly, connecting one another to art created for and by our neighbors," said Kristina Uland, Sr. Vice President at KIB.
Lilly Endowment launched the Strengthening Indianapolis through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative in January 2018, inviting Indiana-based charitable organizations to propose ideas that would use the arts to foster community building in Indianapolis. The initiative encouraged organizations to collaborate across diverse
Amy Brier and Sharon Fullingim, Millersville Marker, 2015-16
sectors, but at least one partnering organization needed to have the promotion of arts and culture as its primary mission. Grantees were announced in December 2018.
"We were impressed not just by the number of proposals we received but also by the applicants' collaborative spirit, imagination and energetic desire to make Indianapolis a more vibrant and engaging community," said Rob Smith, the Endowment's vice president for community development. "We believe that the projects, including Indy Art & Seek, will significantly enhance the quality of life for residents and create compelling new experiences for visitors."
In the next few months, KIB and ACI will select locations and artists for up to 12 pilot installations to be created in 2019, and also select a technology partner to create the mobile app. All 106 installations will be available to experience by summer 2020.
(example of an “intervention” artwork) Miguel Marquez, Your Future Self Will Meet You Shortly, 2015 (temporary) See more of Marquez’s work at http://