While visiting the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library, you can both view and borrow from the Murals for Racial Justice Collection. Local artists of color were commissioned to create the murals in June, 2020. The artworks were originally created on wood that was used to cover downtown windows in Indianapolis, amid protests of the police-involved killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Dreasjon Reed.
To learn more about the Murals for Racial Justice Collection, as well as the Black Lives Matter Mural projects and the creation of the Eighteen Art Collective, see the article Black Lives Matter Murals in the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. An online exhibit in the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis is also available.
The Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) at Central Library partnered with artist, equity practitioner, and design researcher Danicia Monét and the Arts Council of Indianapolis to ensure that the murals were archived as a part of Indianapolis history. The murals were replicated on 3-by-5-foot vinyl banners and as high resolution images in the online collection Digital Indy: Murals for Racial Justice, which includes information about the contributing artists. The murals will be available in the IndyPL online catalog indefinitely. This community-engagement initiative was funded through the generosity of Glick Philanthropies.
The Murals for Racial Justice project was initially organized by the Arts Council, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., PATTERN, St’ArtUp 317, and cultural entrepreneur Malina Simone Jeffers. This community-engagement initiative is funded through the generosity of Glick Philanthropies, and is a partnership between the Indianapolis Public Library's Center for Black Literature & Culture and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.