Viewers passing by Children’s Games will hopefully feel a moment of nostalgia, remembering the wonderful days of being a kindhearted, kind-spirited child. The artist’s intention is to uplift and encourage our communities to thrive–to resonate with the importance of people who are the heart and soul of our communities as well as with the need to protect and empower our youth to strive for greatness.
The artwork was originally installed in this location as part of Indy Art & Seek, a 2020-21 project with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The artist donated it to Genesis Plaza after the project’s conclusion so it can keep inspiring the community.
Rebecca Robinson studied fashion design in Atlanta and continued her education at North Carolina Central University, where she majored in Art/Visual Communications and graduated with high honors. Her background also includes art history, printmaking, photography, graphic design, film studies, and creative marketing. She owns the fashion design company PSNOB and started a nonprofit organization called “ONE ARRT ”, which will become the first art supply brand that specifically supports all artists, art organizations, art education, museums/galleries and communities in need who would prosper with proper funding and resources. Rebecca’s other artistic endeavors include one-of-a-kind handbags, paintings made using concrete and tar, writing, and documentary filmmaking. Her work has been featured in dozens of media outlets and she is a member of The Eighteen Art Collective.
The Greatriarchs are sixteen long-term residents of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. They are leaders, nurturers, mentors, and friends of the old and new residents of their neighborhood. Artist Abi Ogle spent time with each Greatriarch and painted a large-scale portrait of each one to be displayed outside along the 16th Street corridor in Martindale-Brightwood. Each portrait includes visual themes drawn from African American art history. The Greatriarch project reminds us that every neighbor has a story that deserves to be heard. The portraits have been displayed both indoors and out around many Indianapolis locations, including the 16th Street Corridor, the City Gallery, and Black Expo.
Harrison Center is a force for cultural development in Indianapolis and a model for community arts, education, and urban revitalization programs across America.
Abi Ogle is a fiber and installation artist. Her practice is rooted in the belief that art history influences everything, art really can make you more human, and that if you take the time to listen to the stories around you, they can change you. Often, her work explores concepts such as the familiar made strange and includes unexpectedly bodily materials such as human hair. She is a fellow and resident artist at the Harrison Center.
Help Somebody Up
This mural for the Boys and Girls Club location in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood was designed for Indy HeartBeat. The idea came from one of the kids at the club as part of a group brainstorming session. The whole team was inspired by the words and how well they fit what goes on every day at the Boys and Girls Club.
The artist, Cents, is an Indianapolis-based graffiti artist, illustrator and muralist.
Indy HeartBeat is a program of Eskenazi Health and the Marion County Health Department, providing in-community resources to a 1.6-square-mile geographic area at particular risk for high levels of violence. The goal is to treat violence as a public health issue, in addition to its criminal-justice implications, and to intervene with pre-emptive counseling and assistance before people are hurt.
Ms. Jimmie Luton, one of the Greatriarchs, was an integral part of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood for as long as anyone can remember and was a friend and older mentor to many. Ms. Jimmie was well known for running a successful beauty salon in the neighborhood, named Jimmie’s, near this painted traffic box signal. In the mural, she is depicted as a gardener, a metaphor for her mentorship that nourished the neighborhood. Ms. Jimmie passed away in 2021, two years after this mural was created.
Indianapolis’ traffic signal box art program enabled neighborhoods to express their identity, beautify their streets, and discourage “tagging” vandalism of the neighborhood’s traffic signal control boxes (TSBs). The process was neighborhood-driven, with the Arts Council of Indianapolis assisting neighborhoods or other citizen groups by setting a common process, technical standards, and aesthetic guidelines; working with the Department of Public Works to reserve, permit and track the boxes used; and providing advice and support for finding and working with artists and then maintaining the TSBs once they are done.
Jamahl Crouch has been working as a freelance artist since he was 16. He takes inspiration from stories and people around him. One of his recent series portrays predominantly Black children as Kings and Queens in more modernistic regal outfits as a reflection on his own upbringing.
Our Children: Line+Form Art Center
This vibrant mural on the north wall of Line + Form Art Center is the artist’s vision of community and unity. The mural shows children of various skin colors and ethnicities playing and engaging in activities together. The bright colors create a positive, light-hearted, and playful energy. The artist hopes that in creating the mural, he has successfully attracted families to the Art Center’s activities.
The mural was commissioned by the Art Center from Avon, IN-based artist Israel Solomon, whose work is characterized by brilliant color and geometric shapes. He mixes vibrant colors with shape and pattern to create rhythm within his paintings. Israel works to distribute colors evenly through the canvas in order to create a sense of balance within each piece. His goal is to create a color pulse and rhythm that moves the viewer’s eye through the painting. With his chosen subject matter, his goal is to frame a positive outlook on daily life without ignoring sometimes harsh realities. Solomon has exhibited his paintings at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, the Garfield Park Art Center, Indiana Black Expo, and KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School, where he teaches art and design. He is currently pursuing mural work, easel paintings, and illustration.
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