News Lilly Endowment Supports International Design Competition at Waterside

Lilly Endowment has approved nearly $49 million in grants to fund 17 projects

Lilly Endowment has approved nearly $49 million in grants to fund 17 projects through its Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative.

The grants – ranging from $49,000 to $9.2 million – will support efforts to beautify public places, revitalize historic landmarks, increase access to the arts – including for people with disabilities – and infuse new arts experiences in neighborhoods throughout the city. There are 18 organizations receiving grants for 17 projects that will be implemented in collaboration with more than three dozen other organizations. Grant recipients include a museum, schools, parks and cultural institutions, neighborhood community centers, social service organizations and government agencies.

The Endowment launched this competitive arts initiative in January, inviting Indiana-based charitable organizations to propose ideas that would use the arts to foster community building in Indianapolis. The initiative encouraged organizations to collaborate across sectors, but at least one partnering organization needed to have the promotion of arts and culture as its primary mission. At least one partnering organization needed to be based in Marion County. Also, the Endowment stipulated that most of a proposed project’s activities be implemented within Marion County.

Ambrose Property Group is thrilled to celebrate with our partners at Central Indiana Community Foundation and Landmark Columbus on an international design competition that will bring artists to Waterside to offer insight on 3 distinct elements of our development: 1) The transformation of the former General Motor Division Commercial Body Plant (the “Crane Bay”) 2) The creation of a plaza adjacent to the Crane Bay 3) The rehabilitation of an existing rail bridge into a pedestrian bridge that spans the White River and potentially connects the GMSP to the southwestern leg of the current Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

The competition will identify a visionary design studio to create the three critical elements for the GMSP that will transform it into a dynamic, architecturally and artistically significant site. This project will focus the city’s attention on the power of architecture and design to inspire new ways of developing our city and neighborhoods. These three elements are destined to become an iconic part of a new neighborhood and the centerpiece of Ambrose’s ambitious development plans for this site. These elements will also become iconic visual features of our city that attract visitors and tourists to experience Indianapolis in new ways, and inspire other developers to invest in design excellence.

More information on Landmark Columbus can be found here. Questions about the design competition can be directed to info@landmarkcolumbus.org.

 

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