It's a billboard takeover! (Not really)
By now, many of you have become accustomed to driving North on Delaware Street and admiring the billboard at 16th Street that we reclaimed last year as a “frame” for local, place-based art. You may have even read the accompanying blogposts telling the stories depicted in the frequently changing art. So, last week, (we’ve heard) there was some confusion when suddenly an Indy Jazz Fest billboard appeared…with a Harrison Center logo tucked in the corner. What gives?
Well, if there is one thing we love here, it is partnering with other local organizations that make our city so amazing. The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is one such organization. With the mission of “preserving the legacy and promoting the future of jazz in Indianapolis, through education and performance”, the foundation breathed new life into the Indy Jazz Fest when in 2013 they reinvented it as a multi-site, 10-day event. A win for downtowners, especially since this year’s line-up includes shows at urban venues such as Indiana Landmarks, Apparatus, The Chatterbox, Central Library and the IJF Signature Series at the Madame Walker Theatre, featuring performances by IJF headliners Take 6, Diane Reeves and Jonathan Butler.
But what about showcasing the work of visual artists on the billboard? So glad you asked! The art you see on the IJF billboard was created by local artist/illustrator/drummer Chris Pyle.
Come to our September First Friday opening on September 4 and enjoy live music courtesy of Indy Jazz Fest in the courtyard. While you are there, you can enter to win free tickets!
Local art. Great partnerships. Win-win!