This blog tells the stories of community engagement that are happening in this neighborhood on the Near East Side of Indianapolis, Indiana in the USA. The boundaries of the Rivoli Park Neighborhood are N Rural St, E Michigan St, N Sherman Dr and E 10th Street. We meet as a neighborhood every second Tuesday at 6 pm at Clifford Corners Situation Room 3125 E 10th St, Suite L. Join us!
The “Color the World with Love” project had a great day of painting a mural on Saturday, April 11th. We had over 25 painters working on the design created by Andrew Severns. This current mural project is located on both sides of the underpass on E 9th Street between N Sherman Drive and N Kealing Avenue. The Rivoli Park Neighborhood planned for a mobile roll call of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at the same place and time as the mural painting. A group of officers walked over to look at what we were doing. They liked what they saw.
We had a youth group representing the Brookside Park Family Center join us on Saturday. They worked on completing an intricate geometric design after Severns and his assistant artist Izaak Hayes outlined it. Teamwork was definitely displayed as people worked on painting in the intersections with various colors. The people that came to paint on Saturday learned about the event from various sources, including an article on Sky Blue Window. All the different groups learned about painting a mural and got to know each other in the process.
On March 30th, “Color the World with Love” presented at Pitch Feast. Pitch Feast is an innovative way to fund local social entrepreneurs organized by Dreamapolis. “Color the World with Love” presented along with three other great ideas. The crowd voted for “Color the World with Love” and we were awarded the proceeds from the admission to the event. Pictured below is a group of painters that we met at Pitch Feast. In addition to funds, we were awarded several perks that will help “Color the World with Love” to develop a strong business plan to continue doing art installation projects in the future. You can watch our Pitch Feast presentation using this video link.
Earlier in March, we had a crew of volunteers from throughout the city that prepared the surface for the mural by scraping and priming. We said goodbye to the graffiti and it has stayed away. This area has gone through quite a transformation in the past month. In the morning on April 11th, volunteers from the Rivoli Park Neighborhood cleared away trash and debris through this corridor as well. The community is working together to beautify this street to help make it a safer place to be.
You can join us in painting this mural. We had 7 painting days open to community participation already with nearly 65 different people lending a hand over the course of those days. Thank you so much! Join us on our final painting day for the current mural at E 9th Street and N Kealing Ave anytime between 9 am - 4 pm on Saturday, May 23rd. You may RSVP to paint through this Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1646461945586072/ . We would appreciate donations to the cause. You can donate on the www.colortheworldwithlove.com website or via Pay Pal by directing your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can bring your contribution with you when you come to paint. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lisa Boyles at (317) 372-6983 or email@example.com. You can be a part of creating art and community.
Imagine people of all ages working together to improve their neighborhood. Think of a city unified through installations of art painted by community members. By designing a series of geometric projects, Andrew Severns has a vision for public art in the city of Indianapolis that can accomplish these things.
Artist Andrew Severns outlines the design for the mural at E 10th and N Sherman Dr.
He says that the geometric uniformity among murals and other pieces of art will ensure its strength and timelessness while giving a well-defined look to the city at large. And through the outlines of shapes that Severns provides, those who help paint have a guide for creating a beautiful piece of art.
The project at the corner of East 10th Street and North Sherman Drive is part of a larger series along the railroad underpasses in the Rivoli Park Neighborhood. The areas where these projects are planned need care and attention. By creating art that is participatory, people in the community can feel a sense of ownership of these previously neglected corridors.
Many hands came together to beautify this street corner, all coordinated by Lisa Boyles (foreground).
The geometric style that Andrew uses reminds me of the colored pieces in a kaleidoscope. These shapes interconnect to make a pattern representative of the many different people in our neighborhood living together. It has been terrific to see so many people coming together to paint the mural at this busy intersection—and to hear the honks of approval and positive comments of people driving by.
The community’s handprints are all over this site!
Students, teachers and parents from the Paramount School of Excellence participated in this mural project. The students seem especially excited to be a part of something positive that will have a lasting impact in their neighborhood.
Students from Paramount School of Excellence helped paint this mural.
Everyone who has donated or volunteered will have his or her name (or a dedication) alongside the edge of a section of the mural. When people think of their dedication, they are encouraged to also think of a meditation or intention to be a part of creating a better community. We will all share our thoughts about the project at a celebration party at the culmination of the first phase of the project on November 22nd.
Community members of all ages have come together to paint the shapes in the mural.
The online fundraiser for the Rivoli Park Mural Project continues through Friday, November 7th. An investment in this project is an investment in community. Check out the incentives and details here.