The Arts Council of Indianapolis is looking for Indianapolis property owners who are willing to host civic-scale portrait murals of Bicentennial Legends on the exterior walls of their private buildings. There is no required fee or cost to host a mural.
This is an endorsed Bicentennial project with the City of Indianapolis. Please read the following guidelines before submitting a proposal and a photo of your building’s wall. More details can be found in the Site Partnership FAQ below.
Criteria for Consideration
Although we are open to working with any property owner who is enthusiastic about creating new urban amenities, we are particularly looking for:
Each Legends mural project requires individualized consideration because it’s critical to make a good match between the Legends subject, artist, community partners, and mural site. A team of historians, researchers, community leaders, and members of civic organizations will review all proposals.
Please be patient if you do not hear back immediately, as this process could take several months or even a couple of years. We will keep you informed as the projects progress.
There is no required fee or cost to host a mural; however, property owners and/or their tenants may wish to be part of the partnership for the mural and voluntarily support the mural project in one or more of the following ways:
The best way to guarantee that your wall will host a Legends mural is to commission one yourself. Please indicate on the proposal form if you are interested in discussing this option.
If the property owner elects to be part of the mural partnership, they can help select the artist and choose from among several design proposals. They can also “flag” any design proposal that may have a negative impact on their property.
The goal of the Legends project is to provide a civic amenity, not to promote the property owner or enhance the business of any of the property’s tenants. Doing so, even tangentially (for example, a portrait of a sports star on the wall of a building that houses a store that sells sports equipment or apparel) is likely to violate the city’s ordinances that require public art to be free of any commercial interests.
We anticipate that the life of the mural will be about 10-15 years before it will need significant maintenance. Contracts with the artists will guarantee that it will be in place for 15 years, regardless of the change of ownership of the property.
Each mural partnership will determine who maintains the mural. It could be a community organization, the Arts Council, or the property owner.
Arts Council agreements to host murals allow the current property owner to ask for early removal of the mural under these circumstances:
The mural's success and popularity will be evaluated. Depending on those findings, the property owner may be able to paint over the mural or may opt to take on the cost of maintaining the mural for as long as they own the property. In that case, the Arts Council will transfer ownership of the mural to the property owner and provide contacts to the artist and other resources.