The Arts Celebrate the 101st Running of the Indy 500
Welcome Race Fans is a collaborative project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to connect visual art and artists to this historic race. One of the more familiar and iconic visuals associated with May in Indianapolis is the blanketing of the city with “Welcome Race Fans” signs and banners. Our project builds upon and pays tribute to the annual tradition of Welcome Race Fans signs with original artwork created by Indiana artists. This year 5 Indiana artists were commissioned to create their own version of the beloved Welcome Race Fans signs, using their own unique style and materials. The result is an infusion of different artistic voices and imagery to welcome the world to Indianapolis and celebrate the month of May. Each sign will be unique and represent the vast diversity of styles and artists in Indiana. The 5 original works of art will be located at the Indianapolis Artsgarden and the 500 Festival office downtown in late April then onto the Pagoda in mid-May. FREE posters representing all 5 artworks will be available beginning Wednesday, April 26, 2017.