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The Indy 10 Black Lives Matter and other community organizers are seeking visual artists to complete a “Black Lives Matter” painting that the Indianapolis City-County Council approved in a resolution against racism.
Organizers will select one Black artist to complete each letter of the mural, which will run between the Madame Walker Legacy Center and the Indianapolis Urban League along Indiana Avenue.
The Indianapolis Urban League and the Central Indiana Community Foundation will help fund the effort, which will occur on Aug. 1 and feature performances and food.
“We are thrilled to have Indy join the ranks of other cities around the country who have affirmed their position on today’s crises with beautiful artwork,” Malina Simone Jeffers, an organizer of the event, said in a statement. “Aug. 1st is a day for everyone to come together to celebrate, commune and watch artwork happen live on one of our historic avenues.”
The council passed a resolution in support of the mural on Monday, following weeks of protests in downtown Indianapolis against the killing of Black residents by police nationwide.
The city’s Department of Public Works will help coordinate the effort.
“I am excited to help amplify the work of the #BlackLivesMatter movement at the local level and to celebrate Black joy,” Stacia Murphy, another organizer of the effort, said in a statement. “However, it is the call for actual change that remains the focus and must not be overshadowed.”
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