INDIANAPOLIS — The Arts Council of Indianapolis is seeking more than 300 central Indiana-based artists for new outdoor art, music, and cultural experiences as part of the city hosting 68 NCAA men's basketball tournament teams next month.
The initiative will put a spotlight on the city's creative talent for local, national, and international audiences, while offering paid opportunities to artists who have suffered severe income losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Artists can learn more about the opportunities online. The deadlines to submit information are Feb. 15 and 17.
Artists or teams of artists are sought for a number of opportunities:
- Present pop-up dance, music, spoken word, and other performances in public spaces such as Monument Circle, Lugar Plaza, and Georgia Street, among others.
- Provide existing visual artwork and literary art/poetry to be installed via high-quality digital reproductions in vacant downtown storefront windows.
- Create new, temporary, site-specific art interventions in vacant downtown windows and storefronts to serve as colorful backdrops.
- Create dimensional, interactive, 10x10-foot basketball-court themed murals in four central locations.
Additional art and cultural experiences will include a self-guided walking/bike tour of Indy's public art around downtown and a tour of iconic basketball history locations led by historian Sampson Levingston.
Indiana Sports Corp. received a $905,000 grant from Lilly Endowment to fund the art activations as part of a city-wide effort to enhance and promote downtown Indianapolis during March Madness.