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Murals for Justice Collection

I Can't Breathe by Michael "Kwazar" Martin

While visiting the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library, you can both view and borrow from the Murals for Justice Collection. Local artists of color were commissioned to create the murals in June, 2020. The artworks were originally created on the 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.

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 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.

How to Borrow the Vinyl Banners

  • View the collection in the library's online catalog and place a hold by logging into your account.
  • The banners are housed at Central Library in the Center for Black Literature & Culture, but can be placed on hold and picked up from any IndyPL location.
  • The banners have a 42-day checkout duration and are not eligible for renewals.
  • Patrons can check out up to eight banners at once.

The Murals for 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.

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