Most cities (and towns, and hamlets, etc) turn their waterways into bustling, attractive public and commercial districts. The Indy canal is sort of public in that it’s open, except that there’s no reason to actually visit. The few cultural institutions along it make anemic use thereof, and too much of it is office space or private residences. Nothing about it seems urban. The few restaurants and bars that have tried to make-a-go along the canal inevitably fold because there is no critical mass. The canal should be a destination, with enough active spaces of art and bonhomie (e.g., eating and drinking) that visitors can bounce along until they find what suites their mood.

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Submission Terms & Conditions

  • I give permission for the submitted content to be used on the Monumental Voices website, in an audio and video projection on Monument Circle, and in materials that promote the Monumental Voices website and project including but not limited to social media, press releases, media interviews, etc.
  • I understand I will not be compensated for this submission and these uses.
  • I agree to hold harmless the City of Indianapolis, Art Strategies LLC, and the team producing Monumental Voices listed on the “About” page of this website.
  • I understand the content I submit will be curated and displayed with other submissions from people who may or may not agree with my views.
  • I understand that my submission may be edited to fit within the technical and creative parameters of the website or projection. 

Creating a successful submission

For great visuals:

  • Shoot videos and selfies horizontally, not vertically. (Turn your phone sideways)
  • Hold the camera as still as possible or put it on a tripod or other fixed location.
  • Keep the camera at eye level and look directly into the camera lens.
  • Film in natural light if possible. If inside, film near a window with the light in front of you, not behind.
  • Do not alter images or video with filters, color correction, text, emojis, etc. We’ll handle that in final editing! Send the original files.

Below are two examples taken outside with correct lighting. 

Two selfies with good light

Below is an example of a selfie that is backlit and another where the light source is in front of the person.

Good and bad selfie example

For great sound:

  • Find a quiet location.
  • If having someone film a video for you, please make sure they are close enough to capture good audio.

For video files:

  • Video files may be uploaded as H.264, MOV, WMV, or MP4.
  • Please don’t shoot any larger than 1920 x 1080p and no smaller than 720p.
  • Shooting in 4K is not necessary and will create a large file.

Submission Guidelines

  • You must be over the age of 13 to submit.
  • No profanity, nudity, violent or sexually suggestive content.
  • No hate speech.
  • No content that specifically names a person, political party, religious group, or cultural group.
  • Limit video to 120 seconds (2 minutes). There’s a 300 MB file upload max.
  • Copy may be edited if lengthy.