In the month of May, Indianapolis is unmistakably preoccupied with black and white checkered flags, car culture imagery, and of course the ubiquitous Welcome Race Fans banners that boldly blanket the city everywhere from your neighbor’s front porch and the local cafe on up to the most upscale restaurants and hotels. At no other time is the city of Indianapolis so singularly focused on one event.

Beginning in 2016, the Arts Council of Indianapolis partnered with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to celebrate the 100th Running of the Indy 500 by commissioning artists to create their own, unique Welcome Race Fans signs. In 2019, we are once again collaborating to create the greatest ART in racing. Five Indianapolis-based artists have created five new artworks that help welcome visitors to Indianapolis and celebrate the history, culture, and excitement of the month of May. The 2019 artists are: Sharon Jiskra Brooks, Armando Arceo, Kat Silver, Daren Redman, and Amiah Mims.

A limited number of FREE posters of each artwork are available at the Indianapolis Artsgarden (in Circle Center Mall downtown) and the Arts Council of Indianapolis (924 N. Pennsylvania) and the IMS ticket office on 16th street. Posters are free while supplies last.

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Image above: Daren Redman, Green Flash (Race), textile, 2019.

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