Led in part by Danicia Monét in association with the Indianapolis Arts Council, the Murals for Racial Justice Initiative highlighted the voices of Black artists in Indianapolis. The initiative captured responses to the city’s shutdown in the midst of public outcries for change and justice after the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Dreasjon Reed in Indianapolis. Topics explored in the works include police brutality, the life of George Floyd, and hope for the future of Black Americans.
The Center for Black Literature & Culture assisted in bringing this project to life as well, with the work of founding leader Nichelle M. Hayes and Adult Program Specialist Tariq Robinson coming through in the preservation of the completed murals. Prints of these works are available for viewing and checkout year-round at Central Library and in Digital Indy.
The creation of the Center for Black Literature & Culture is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.