Community Canvas, located in the Martindale-Brightwood community, is an interactive art piece, a public mural, and a chalking canvas that allows neighbors and community members to engage and creatively chalk their visions inspired by the question, “To make the world a better place I…” Visitors can use the chalk provided to draw pictures, write quotes, and express themselves on how to positively impact their community. Although initially intended to be temporary, the community (through Circle Up Indy) contributed funds to build it as a permanent outdoor installation at their pride and joy, the new Martindale-Brightwood library branch. The artwork was purchased by the Martindale-Brightwood community after appearing for a year as a temporary installation with Indy Art & Seek, a 2020 project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
Boxx the Artist is a self-taught artist, painter, body painter, art instructor, muralist, and entrepreneur. She has been actively practicing the medium of acrylic paint for approximately 4 years professionally, yet has been a lifetime artist in various other forms. Boxx’s visual practice uses acrylic, digital, and mixed mediums to capture different aspects of life in the African diaspora. She focuses on people and experiences, and often documents history as she sees it being created. People are used as metaphors to address relevant social issues and create a dialogue for change. Boxx is expanding the realms of her creativity through integrating technology, intersecting acrylic with mixed mediums, and exploring interactive and public art.