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On May 11, I spent 12 hours on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, free-associating my way from Mass Ave over to Meridian Street to IUPUI down to White River State Park, across Washington Street, down to Fountain Square, and back up to Mass Ave. It was a great opportunity to celebrate this long-in-the-making amenity and my appreciation for it grew even greater.
Of course, its pleasures were accentuated by the involvement of arts and culture groups, neighboring businesses, churches, civic organizations, etc., who stepped up and provided activities all along the trail for the day.
Amid all of Saturday’s activity, the strongest memories for me came courtesy of a small group of band members from George Washington Community High School, who patrolled the trail with style, energy and talent. These students sparked smiles everywhere they went. And by staying on the move, they never overstayed their welcome. I don't think I'm the only one who, hearing and seeing them, felt good not only about our city but also about our youth.
While I fully realize this kind of programming isn’t possible on a regular basis, I'm hoping the powers that be are seriously considering hiring such bands for the summer. With a trail whose name itself says "culture," why not put some of this talent to work? Seems to me a strolling band or two would be an upgrade for both the trail and the city.
I'll be listening.