Murals planned for North Anthony Corridor
Two new murals will brighten the North Anthony Corridor thanks to a recent crowdfunding campaign.
The North Anthony Corridor Group launched a campaign in partnership with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to support the Mandala Mural Project. The murals will be created on the exterior of a commercial building at 3523 N. Anthony Blvd., which houses the Firefly Coffee House, Health Food Shoppe, and Studio Seva.
The campaign aims to raise $13,000 by May 31. If that goal is met, the Mandala Mural Project will receive a matching grant of $13,000 from IHCDA's CreatINg Places program.
“Public art has a unique way of redefining spaces,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “This is exactly what the Mandala Mural Project is intended to do. Additionally, it will add vibrancy and a welcoming-feel to the North Anthony Corridor."
Local artist Jerrod Tobias anticipates following a similar theme to a mural already on one wall of the building. Officials believe the additional public art works will help make the business corridor more a more vibrant and welcoming destination for residents and visitors to explore.
“The North Anthony Corridor Group has been working with neighboring businesses to establish more community gathering places on the Corridor", said NACG board president John Schoedel. "The new murals, in addition to the existing 'Cardinals' masterpiece by Tobias, completed in 2016 on the opposite side of the building, is an extension of the ongoing mission to make the North Anthony Corridor one of the most vibrant and welcoming neighborhoods in the city." Schoedel added, "these murals will give us all the opportunity to nurture the connections with our urban and natural environments and offer a safe public space with which to reconcile our ongoing questions about what it means to be a community.”