City marshals $400,000 for Monument Circle events, projects

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The city of Indianapolis has marshaled $400,000 to expand amenities, activities and attractions on Monument Circle.

The Office of Sustainability on Wednesday announced that the city will receive a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to plan and host events and activities on the Circle. In addition, the city and Central Indiana Community Foundation each will contribute $100,000 to the effort.

"Monument Circle is the heart of our city," said Lori Miser, director for the city's Department of Public Works. "Offering more reasons for residents and visitors to spend time here every week will boost revenue for local businesses, support local artists and arts organizations, and provide insight for the City’s Monument Circle redesign project on how the space can be sustainable long-term."

Local arts organization Big Car will work with the city on program development and project management. Planning will begin this fall with implementation planned for 2015.

"This program is a wonderful addition to Indy's blossoming downtown," said Jim Walker, executive director for Big Car. "By bringing surprising and engaging arts experiences to people in a vibrant public space, we’ll encourage people to be more civically engaged, more socially connected and more inclined to seek cultural experiences."

The project is part of a larger, long-range effort to revamp and revitalize Monument Circle. The Department of Public Works will examine and monitor the initiative, gaining useful information to help improve on the design elements for the Monument Circle construction plan.


  • Thoughts...
    I don't suppose the powers-that-be that constantly vote more and more monies be directed to sports and the related millionaire players and/or the billionaire owners, could possibly move just a very small portion to the historic center of our town and our state???
  • Ballard Scummy Strategy
    The minions in the suburbs if they want their sidewalks, streets, curbs repaired, policing and basic grass cutting and weed eradication & YES SNOW PLOWING will have to simply want and accept tax increases. Meanwhile houses the corrupt TIFS as a means to hijack tax dollars from the general fund and completely give it to the grafters that he is associated with. TIFS SHOULD BE MADE UNLAWFUL. All funds should go to the general fund and prioritized. If fundsareleft for discretionary projects the spend it. The clown Ballard HAS NEVER EVER DONE ANY UNSEXY BLOCKING ANDTACKLING!!
  • The NEA doesn't fund pothole grants
    I'm frustrated about road condition as well, but it's not the only thing that affects our quality of life. Like it or not, downtown is the core of the city and what happens there impacts residents, workers, and visitors. The NEA grant will help make some great things possible. You can celebrate that accomplishments while still holding the Ballard administration (and the City Council who has a major role in infrastructure funding decisions) for streets, sidewalks, public safety, etc.
  • Show all Show
    It;s all about downtown. He lets the neighborhoods rot and hopes the people will be killed in the current murder spree.
  • joke
    It would be nice if the Ballard administration spent as much effort in trying to get funds to fill the THOUSANDS of potholes that remain all over this city. There is more to this city than just downtown!! What a joke.

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