TO CREATE A PUBLIC PLATFORM THAT AMPLIFIES OUR EXPERIENCES OF AND HOPES FOR INDIANAPOLIS’ MONUMENT CIRCLE, THE CANAL, GEORGIA STREET, AND LUGAR PLAZA (BEHIND THE CITY COUNTY BUILDING)
Monumental Voices is civic engagement on a mass scale. A unique outreach project and public activation, Monumental Voices solicits broad community input about the past, present, and future of four key public spaces in downtown Indianapolis—Monument Circle, the Canal, Lugar Plaza, and Georgia Street. Participants’ views of and visions for these downtown spaces, submitted via selfies, text, or video, will be considered both as input for the City of Indianapolis’ Equitable Public Space Planning project with the Department of Metropolitan Development as well as content for a large-scale art installation using the Shining A Light system owned and managed by Downtown Indy, Inc. and made possible by the Lilly Endowment.
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Our goal is to amplify your voice. Let’s begin to build bridges and trust between communities by giving a “monumental” voice to all – everyone is invited, everyone is welcome, everyone deserves to be heard.
Mindy Taylor Ross has been curating and producing fine art exhibitions, public art projects, and related programming for more than two decades. Megan Bogard Gettlefinger spent ten years in the interior design and architecture industries before pursuing the study of art history and cultural and curatorial studies. She is now a collaborating curator and project manager at Art Strategies.
Art Strategies provides strategic curatorial planning and project management services to individuals, not-for-profit organizations, government entities, and corporations that want to incorporate fine art or placemaking strategies into their public and private spaces. We pride ourselves on having a portfolio of projects that balances our interests in the greater art world with our commitment to the communities where we live and work.
Brent “Professor” Lyle is an accomplished, insights-driven marketing consultant and community-builder. Brent started Backpack, a marketing and brand strategy firm in 2018, after 12+ years of industry experience. He is a marketer by training, a creative by nature, an entrepreneur at heart, and a mentor by choice. Brent has added innovative touches to businesses and events across sectors from housing and construction to dining and entertainment. In the moments away from raising the profile of brands and creating content, Brent remains an active leader with The Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Program with The 100 Black Men of Indianapolis. He serves several other nonprofit organizations such as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Center for Leadership Development, The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League and enjoys contributing meaningfully to mission-driven cultural works, like Monumental Voices.
For more than four decades, Chris Wangro has produced, designed and directed a dizzying variety of projects that included dozens of celebrated concerts, festivals & cultural programs – as well as presidential summits, papal visits, pachyderm parades and mass public festivities seen around the world. He is known as a master of spectacle & space, and has been called upon to engineer extravaganzas for notables as wildly varied as James Brown & The Dalai Lama.
A committed producer-activist, Chris masterminded numerous benchmark events for environmental, humanitarian and social justice organizations worldwide. His work has won prestigious awards, captured global media attention, and generated over a hundred million dollars for those in need.
Producer, Director and Writer, Matt Mays, is a three-time National Emmy Award winner and filmmaker. In a career spanning over 20 years, Mays’ work extends to hundreds of hours of TV series, feature documentaries, specials, commercial spots, short films, music videos and much more. His work has taken him around the world, producing and directing series for NBC, CBS, Discovery Networks, MTV Networks as well as a host of award-winning independent, scripted film projects and wildlife documentaries.
Mays Entertainment is a film, video production and event firm specializing in content creation and coordination for film and video, live-streaming and special events. MaysEntertainment.com
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GANGGANG is a cultural development firm on a mission to produce, promote and preserve culture in cities as a means to growing—and building equity within—the creative economy.
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