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Arts Council seeks Indy artists to create during March Madness

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Posted at 8:26 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 07:39:16-05

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.