The program (www.circlespark.org), running until Oct. 16, is spearheaded through a partnership between the city, Downtown Indy and Big Car Collaborative. The effort will feature such events as parades every Saturday, live music on Fridays, art shows, walks and yoga every Monday. There will also be ping pong tables and board games, all of which can be used for free.
Big Car artists are leading the 10-week demonstration in collaboration with partner organizations and individual artists and performers. Hospitality staff will facilitate programming and visitor experiences so people can enjoy bistro-style seats on custom-built wooden decks, interactive art, music, history experiences, yoga and guided walks.
The additional programming will be free to the public and is designed to make the civic plaza a more vibrant place, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and additional funding from the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the city.
“Monument Circle is the heart of our city,” commented Melody Park, the city’s director of sustainability. She said adding more reasons for residents and visitors to spend time Downtown will boost revenue for businesses while supporting artists and cultural organizations and providing insight for the city’s Monument Circle redesign team on how the space can be a more attractive, people-centered space.
Throughout the process the Spark team is testing ideas and plans under consideration for the long-term renovation of Monument Circle. The blueprint includes extending the area for pedestrians on the outside of the Circle.