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!
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.