MISSION

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.

Click here to view a WISH TV news story on the project. 

Click here to view the Fox 59 story on the project. 

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.

Monumental Voices Team

Our Team

Art Strategies

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.
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Brent Lyle

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.

Chris Wangro

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.

Mays Entertainment

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

Katcora Solutions

Katcora Solutions is passionate about creating user-friendly, beautiful, and smart marketing solutions for our clients. Whether it is branding, communication strategy, eco-system analysis, or implementation, we partner with our clients to ensure they have a solid foundation. We truly believe that when you have the right foundation, partner, and vision, anything is possible. We have worked with a diverse repertoire of clients spanning from small, single business ventures to $1 million+ not-for-profit organizations. Our projects range from website development to branding and design, to communication strategy, to complex CRM implementations. We believe in our clients and take pride in helping them grow through strategic solutions.

GangGang

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.

We believe that people of color have contributed more to the arts and culture sector than they have received. Artists, musicians, makers, and creators continue to be underrepresented and grossly underpaid for their work in this sector. GANGGANG aims to change this, finding ways to appreciate and financially support work that impacts the culture of cities with a reparational slant toward those whose work has historically been exploited and underfunded.

GANGGANG is a first-of-its-kind group that focuses purely and solely on culture and bringing the energy, shared benefits, and creators within the industry to the forefront. Proudly headquartered in Indy, GANGGANG uses culture as the engine to power incredible projects and incredible cities.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSION!

Thank you so much for sharing your voice and thoughts.

Your submission will be reviewed to ensure it meets the submission guidelines and will be posted on the Monumental Voices site shortly.

Share the Project

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.