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Citywide billboard project highlights central Indiana artists

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Arts Council of Indianapolis kicked off its eighth annual “High Art” program.

Ten artworks created by central Indiana artists went up on billboards throughout the area. The works will be rotated in and out all year as, Reagan Outdoor Advertising spaces become available.

Lindsey Lord, the council’s director of artists services, says it’s an opportunity to give local artists exposure and access to audiences they might not have tapped into before, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, where artists don’t have as many chances to show off their talents.

It’s a dream come true for local featured artist Shaunte Lewis.

“I’m proud to be able to show my art work,” Lewis said. “A few years ago, I never thought I would have a billboard. I’ve always driven by and seen artists on the billboard and I was always like, ‘I wish I could always have my art up there’ and I finally got the opportunity.”

Lewis and the other artists are a part of a contest decided by the community. The winner of the “People’s Choice” will be awarded $500.

Click here to see all of the works and vote for your favorite.

Voting ends Sunday, and the Arts Council will announce the winner Monday.