Rivoli Park Neighborhood

Rivoli Park Neighborhood

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Community Coming Together through a Geometric Mural

By Lisa Boyles

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 muralsindy@gmail.com.  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 muralsindy@gmail.com.  You can be a part of creating art and community.