Public art in Muncie has a long history, stretching back to the Indiana Gas Boom. City officials, private individuals, non-profit organizations, religious groups, and even cemeteries have sought to enrich the lives of Muncie’s citizens by providing public artwork that symbolize or commemorate people, places, and events. The photos located on this website seek to provide a starting point for residents and visitors to explore the city’s public artworks.
As Muncie Arts and Culture Council continues their work in improving and promoting Muncie’s artistic and cultural offerings, new pieces will be commissioned throughout the city to continue in this effort.
The first Public Art Plan for the City of Muncie was approved in April of 2018. Implementation of the plan will be led by the Muncie Public Art Commission and begin in 2019.
The Muncie Arts and Culture Council in conjunction with the City of Muncie, celebrated the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards September 26, 2017 at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. The goal of this program is to help cultivate greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts, as well as grow new leadership and new patrons of the arts. The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts.
The Muncie Arts & Culture Trail aims to broaden the economic development opportunities within Muncie by connecting the city’s premiere arts and cultural destinations, including Ball State University, downtown Muncie, Minnetrista, and Heekin Park, through a series of inter-connected experiences which reinforce the city’s heritage while providing a key recreation amenity for the community. Beginning in 2009 with the designation of Muncie’s four cultural zones, continuous and collaborative efforts to bring the MACT to life are underway today.
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PlySpace is an immersive artist-in-residence program located in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in downtown Muncie, Indiana. PlySpace provides dedicated space and time for residents to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. Watch for more info about PlySpace in early 2018 and visit www.plyspace.org.
PlySpace is a program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council in partnership with the City of Muncie, Ball State University School of Art, and Sustainable Muncie Corporation. PlySpace is generously supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Public Art for Muncie’s Traffic Control Boxes
Across the United States, communities are painting traffic signal control boxes to develop attractive, vibrant places that reflect the culture of the area and engage the community with the public environment. Muncie Arts & Culture Council brings this exciting and popular movement to our fair city with Box! Box!, a project to encourage bold designs and promote engagement and interaction between local artists and the wider community. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons, 18 traffic signal control boxes throughout the city were festooned with original works of art!
That One Film Festival is dedicated to screening and exhibiting works of moving image that are experimental, weird, obsessive, no/low budget, avant-garde and fun. We are committed to supporting emerging and experimental creators, as well as engaging and educating audiences by facilitating film screenings and broadening an understanding of what moving image can be. We enthusiastically encourage and invite experimental filmmakers, emerging artists, students and other creators to exhibit their work and engage the Delaware County community. That One Film Festival aims to contribute to the advancement of the art form and to broaden the understanding and appreciation of moving image in our region.
That One Film Festival is a biennial event that launched in 2018 with an opening party on Friday April 6th, followed by a full day of programs and related events on Saturday April 7th. The festival was juried by visual artist Liz Rodda from Texas, and writer, programmer and filmmaker Jon Dieringer, from Brooklyn. Both jurors presented programs as part of That One. The inaugural festival was produced in partnership with the Muncie Arts and Culture Council and Ball State University School of Art. That One Film Festival will hit downtown Muncie again in spring 2020 on April 10th and 11th!