Indianapolis Cultural Trail asks for community input to shape future of public art

Help shape the future of public art on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail by participating in its public survey and scavenger hunt.

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The Indianapolis Cultural Trail connects three of downtown Indy’s unique public spaces for safe pedestrian travel.

We all know the iconic “Ann Dancing” by Julian Opie on the corner of Mass Avenue and Vermont Street.

Public art along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail enhances the experience of using the trail and helps showcase the city’s cultural and artistic spirit — and Hoosiers have proved to appreciate it because there was even a fundraising campaign to keep Ann Dancing.

Now, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is launching a public art survey and other engagement opportunities to gather community input that will help shape the future of the public art program. The public survey will be open for six weeks (now through Saturday, March 30) + is available online or via QR codes posted along the trail.

Cultural Trail Rendering-Walker Theatre

Rendering of Cultural Trail expansion outside of Walker Legacy Center.

Rendering via Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The planning work, with the consideration of the community’s input, will inform the existing eight miles of the trail, the new segments on Indiana Avenue, 10th Street, and South Street that are set to open later this year, and the White River Expansion.

The plan will assess staffing requirements, review current operating policies, and recommend best practices for artist selection, collections management, and community engagement.

In addition to the public survey, the organization is also activating the trail with a public scavenger hunt. Each week in March, you can learn about the art along the Cultural Trail through the mobile app Goosechase. The goal is to find the artwork, answer a question or two, and submit a selfie with the artwork through the app. If you share the correct artwork each week, you can be entered into a drawing for a gift card from a local business.

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