Volunteers to paint Black lives matter street mural Aug. 1

Indy 10 Black Lives Matter and other community organizations will lead the effort to paint “Black Lives Matter” on Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, organizers announced this week.

On Monday, the City-County Council approved a resolution paving the way for the street mural, which is intended to send a message condemning racism and inequity.

The mural will be painted between the Madame Walker Legacy Theater and the Indianapolis Urban League in the Indiana Avenue Cultural District, which was historically a Black business, entertainment and population center.

Volunteer organizers are leading the project and plan to engage individual artists to paint the message. The message is scheduled to be painted Aug. 1.

Organizers said they will select Black visual artists to each choose one letter each on the street mural. The day of the event, food trucks will be present and Black artists will perform. The mural will be funded by the Indianapolis Urban League and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

“This mural is a tangible stamp of the work we have labored for individually and collectively for the last six years,” leadership at Indy 10 Black Lives Matter said in written comments. “We are excited for the opportunity to reveal it and to celebrate and center Black joy upon its reveal.”

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