SPARK: Monument Circle will bring extraordinary temporary cultural experiences to Monument Circle.
From the creation of temporary seating and lounge areas, to interactive art projects, performances, games, and more, SPARK: Monument Circle seeks to experiment and discover how our city’s most important civic space might be better activated and utilized on a daily basis. The information gathered during this project will be given to the City of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle Reconstruction team for consideration in the longer-term construction project.
This project uses the tools, techniques and strategies of creative peacemaking, tactical urbanism, and socially engaged art to accomplish three main goals:
- Honor the history and civic importance of the space while offering insights and information helpful for planning for future uses of Monument Circle
- Help improve the quality of life for residents by providing a thriving civic & social space in the center of the City
- Provide an enjoyable, memorable, and surprising experience for visitors to Indianapolis.
To maximize the spark, we’ll have different themes everyday:
✪ Mellow Mondays encourage quiet relaxing, low-tech, and unplugged experiences
✪ Talking Tuesdays might have a community soapbox, ask an expert station, community conversations, TED talks projected outside, sports talk, and a live broadcast Q&A with interesting people from the community
✪ Walking Wednesdays are days when people meet to walk and talk and take organized, artist/expert-led walks from the Circle to other destinations nearby
✪ Throwback Thursdays have a focus on history – especially of Monument Circle – and historic preservation
✪ Phono Fridays feature music, sound, and DJs – including crowd-sourced, vinyl, spoken word
✪ Social Saturdays are community days for people to get together, neighborhood groups to have their own days, for people to hang out, play and collaborate with each other
✪ Cycle Sundays will include special programs for bike riders, scooter riders, and motorcyclists – including discounts or prizes for people who ride down to the circle